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LA Metro offers free rides for New Year's Eve revelers

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Passengers board Metro subway trains during rush hour on June 3, 2008 in Los Angeles.

As they do every year, Los Angeles Metro is offering free rides on their bus and rail systems on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Been drinking? Too tired to drive? Hop on a free subway ride.

Foothill Transit is also offering free rides for revelers on the eves.

It’s not all day, but they have your later evenings covered: Free rides from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. on both nights. Those hours are considered the peak hours for fatal drunk driving crashes, according to KABC.

“An accident could cost your or someone else’s life, but the MTA is free on those two evenings, so there’s no excuses, absolutely none, for driving drunk this holiday season,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said at a press conference, KABC reports. Villaraigosa also suggested taking public transportation to midnight mass.

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Metro Rail is offering all-night service on New Year’s Eve, but if you plan to be out past 2, no free rides for you.

You’ll need to watch the bus schedules on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day — buses will be operating on Sunday schedules instead of their regular Tuesday times.

Metro notes in a blog posting that, along with safety, the free rides are also to reduce traffic congestion on those nights.

Maybe this will even help increase public transportation use — transportation experts have found that if drivers get a chance to try public transportation for free, they’ll want to use it more, the Atlantic reports.

Correction: The photo caption in an earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the type of train pictured. 

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