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Don't Miss Your Ride: Public Transport Hours in San Francisco on New Year's Eve

Expect the holidays to be busier than the usual as shoppers flock the malls for the holiday shopping. Some are starting to check-off whatever it is written in their holiday shopping list. Others are starting to get busy attending holiday get-together and company parties while most are going to amusement parks and theme parks for a more enjoyable holiday with the family. Good news to the commuters who might be caught up in the holiday rush in the night of the New Year's Eve, BART, Caltrain and Muni are having extended hours.
 
BART will operate until 3am with special trips starting at 8pm from San Francisco or going to San Francisco. However, not all trains will stop at all stations. Here's what to expect.
 
Into SF after 8pm
 
*Pittsburg/Bay Point - exit at Montgomery (no stop at Embarcadero)
*Richmond - exit at Montgomery (no stop at Embarcadero)
*Dublin/Pleasanton - exit at Embarcadero (no stop at Montgomery)
*Fremont - exit at Embarcadero (no stop at Montgomery)
*Millbrae/Daly City - exit at Montgomery to avoid overcrowding
 
Leaving SF after midnight
 
*Pittsburg/Bay Point - board at Montgomery (no stop at Embarcadero)
*Richmond - board at Montgomery (no stop at Embarcadero)
*Dublin/Pleasanton - board at Embarcadero (no stop at Montgomery; First East Bay stop is Lake Merritt (no West Oakland stop)
*Fremont - board at Embarcadero (no stop at Montgomery; First East Bay stop is Lake Merritt (no West Oakland stop)
*Millbrae - board at Montgomery, skips Embarcadero and the makes all stops.
 
As for Caltrain, there will be additional late night trains that will make local stops between SF and San Jose's Diridon Station at 12:45am, 1:15am, 1:45am and 2:15am. Please take note that trains leave when full. So if you have the chance of taking the earlier train ride, do so. There will also be free rides on New Year's Eve from 8pm and ends when the final special train arrives in San Jose.
 
SF Muni offers free transit from 8pm to 5am. Here are the additional details:
 
* Muni Metro hours will extend to 4am between West Portal and the Embarcadero; they will extend to 2:15am between West Portal and 4th and King Streets.
* F Market streetcar line will be serviced by buses after 4pm
* Extra Owl Service for the following routes: 5 Fulton, 14 Mission, 22 Fillmore, 24 Divisadero, 38 Geary, 90 and 91 Owl and the L and N Owl bus routes.
 
Spending the New Year's Eve in San Francisco? Book your stay at San Francisco Inn and enjoy being at the heart of the city. Check our room rates here or call (415) 431-5131.

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