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Valley Metro will offer free rides on New Year's Eve

If you’re headed out on Dec. 31 for fireworks and champagne in the Phoenix area, Valley Metro wants you to get home safely. Rides on the bus, light rail or streetcar will be  free on New Year’s Eve.

From 7 p.m. on Dec. 31 to 2 a.m. on Jan. 1, Valley Metro will waive fares for all riders. The public transit service will also offer  extended hours on its light rail and Tempe streetcar lines to help get more revelers home after ringing in 2023.

The program is sponsored by the beer company, Molson Coors, in an effort to cut down on drunk driving. Phoenix is one of six cities participating in the Coors Light Free Ride program. The partnership has provided more than 188,000 free Valley Metro rides since 2013.

Katherine Davis-Young is a senior field correspondent. She has produced work for NPR, New England Public Radio, Southern California Public Radio, PRI's The World, Washington Post, Reuters and more.She has a master’s degree in radio journalism from the USC Annenberg School of Journalism.She lives in central Phoenix with her husband, two daughters, and ill-behaved cat and dog. Her side-passions include photography, crosswords and hot sauce.