Free Metro Rides, Tipsy Tow Service Offered on New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles Area

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File photo of two Metro buses at Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue. (Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Metro and the Automobile Club of Southern California were working to remove drinking drivers from Los Angeles-area roads on New Year’s Eve by offering free rides.

For a five hour stretch — between 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 a.m. Friday — there will be no cost to ride any Metro bus or train, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said in a news release. Regular fares would be in effect the rest of the time.

Additionally, the transportation agency was offering 24-hour, overnight service on Metro Rail, and on its Orange and Silver lines for the holiday.

One-way fares usually cost $1.75, while a $7 day pass covers unlimited travel on the starting date of purchase through 3 a.m. the following morning, according to the release.

Meanwhile, the Auto Club was once again offering its Tipsy Tow service, the 20th time it has done so for New Year’s Eve.

From 6 p.m. Thursday until 6 a.m. Friday, drivers who have been consuming alcohol can receive a free ride and tow home of up to seven miles, according to a AAA new release.

In order to take advantage of the service, call 1-800-400-4222 and tell the Auto Club operator, “I need a Tipsy Tow.”

An Auto Club-contracted roadside service truck will then be dispatched to pick up both the motorist and their vehicle, the release stated.

The ride is limited to one-way per person, with destination limited to the driver’s residence. For rides beyond the 7-mile limit, drivers should expected to be charged the tow truck contractor’s rate.

Reservations would not be accepted, according to the release.

Tipsy Tow is available in the 13 counties in Southern California that are served by the Auto Club.


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