A brand new year is fast approaching. Are you heading out on the town to celebrate New Year's Eve? Toronto's transit providers and their community supporters want to smooth your way into 2017 with free rides, extended hours and other deals. This is a great incentive to leave your car at home so you don't have to worry about parking or what to do with your car if you end up having a few extra celebratory beverages.
See below for what to expect from Toronto transit on New Year's Eve and what your best options are for getting home and around.
Free TTC After 10pm
There will be free New Year's Eve rides on the TTC on New Year's Eve to help make celebrating easier and more cost-effective. Free service is available on all routes from 7 p.m. on December 31, 2016 to 7 a.m. on January 1, 2017. The subway lines and many routes with late night service will be extended until approximately 4 a.m., after which time you'll need to pay to ride the Blue Night routes. On January 1 you can expect the subway to start running at 9 a.m. and operate on Sunday service.
Another Option for Groups and Party-Hoppers
Another option for getting around on New Year's Eve, especially for groups, is to take advantage of TTC Day Passes. Day passes cost $12, but a group of up to six people can ride together - a maximum of two adults plus four youths 19 and under (or 1 adult and 5 people 19 and under).
This can be a good option for families celebrating New Year's Eve.
Free Rides on GO Transit, Too
GO Transit is offering free trips on all buses and trains starting at 7 p.m. on December 31 and continuing until the regular end of service. Just keep in mind that GO Transit will be running on a Sunday schedule on New Year's Day.
Many route schedules have also been extended or adjusted for New Year's Eve - check the Schedule Changes page on GOTransit.com for all the details.
If you're coming from outside the city to celebrate, you can likely also get a free ride on your local transit system. Get all the details on:
- Free Mississauga Transit from 7pm to 4am
- Free YRT/VIVA rides from 7pm
- Free Brampton Transit from 7pm
- Free Durham Region Transit from 8pm
Hours of service will vary from route to route so be sure to visit the websites to get the details on the final scheduled trip for the bus you need to take.
Updated by Jessica Padykula