New MTS trolley
The first new trolley at an Metropolitan Transit System facility. Courtesy MTS

As San Diego readies for New Year’s celebrations, the Metropolitan Transit System announced Friday that it will be running extra-late night trolley service on NYE (past 2 a.m.) and partnering with the ride-share company Lyft for discounts to help people get home safely.

Additionally, MTS will be operating on a modified service schedule on New Year’s Day, the agency announced.

Schedules are as follows:

New Year’s Eve (Monday, Dec. 31): All trolley lines and most MTS bus routes will operate normal weekday service schedules.

Holiday Bowl Parade: America’s largest balloon parade is expected to draw 100,000 people and the parade steps off at 10 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. MTS will operate extra Green Line trolley service between Mission Valley and downtown before the parade, beginning at 9 a.m. After the parade, additional service will continue to operate as needed. Use the Compass Cloud mobile ticketing app to purchase and store a $5 Day Pass that will be good all day long with unlimited trips on the bus and trolley. The best trolley stations to access the parade route are:

· Sycuan Green Line: County Center/Little Italy, Santa Fe Depot or Seaport Village stations

· UC San Diego Blue Line: America Plaza

Holiday Bowl: This year’s game features the Utah Utes of the Pac-12 Conference vs. the Northwestern Wildcats of The Big Ten Conference. Kickoff is at 4 p.m. New Year’s Eve. Fans are encouraged to skip the traffic and ride the Sycuan Green Line to the game. Service will run every 15 minutes from all Sycuan Green Line stations throughout the morning. Beginning at 11:30 a.m. until kickoff. Sycuan Green Line trains will depart every 7.5 minutes between downtown and the stadium. Fans who use the MTS mobile ticketing app Compass Cloud can skip the post-game trolley line by getting on the Cloud Express Line for a ride back after the game.

NYE Extra Late-Night Trolley Service: No need to cut the celebration short as you ring in 2019. MTS will be offering late-night trolley service on New Year’s Eve (sponsored by Coca-Cola). All three trolley lines will have a train depart downtown San Diego after 2 a.m. Late-night train departures include:

Sycuan Green Line (from 12th & Imperial Transit Center to SDSU): 12:21 a.m., 12:51 a.m., 1:21 a.m., 1:51 a.m., and 2:21 a.m.
UC San Diego Blue Line (from America Plaza to San Ysidro): 12:18 a.m., 1:03 a.m., and 2:03 a.m.
Orange Line (from Santa Fe Depot to El Cajon): 12:15 a.m., 1:15 a.m., and 2:15 a.m.

Catch a Lyft, Get a Discount: To help those NYE revelers get to and from MTS transit centers, Lyft is offering MTS passengers with a one-time discount of $5 for trips that arrive or depart from MTS transit centers between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m. The promotion is designed to allow people to leave their cars at home on NYE, get a ride to transit and then reverse the trip to get back home safely. Passengers should enter the code MTSLYFT and the discount is applied if they are picked up or dropped off at a transit center.

New Year’s Day (Tuesday, Jan. 1): All trolley lines and most MTS bus routes will operate on Sunday service schedules:

· All trolley lines (except Silver Line) will operate every 15-30 minutes throughout the day

· There will be Sunday service on Rapid 201/202, 215 and 235, urban local bus routes and Express Routes 20 and 950

· No service will be provided on Rapid Express 280 and 290, nor on Rapid 204, 225 and 237, Sorrento Valley COASTER Connection, rural and other Express bus routes or the Vintage trolley (Silver Line)

Support Services: MTS Information & Trip Planning will be open from 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31 and closed on Tuesday, Jan. 1. The Transit Store, Compass Service Center, and Customer Service offices will close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 31 and will be closed Jan. 1. Customers who need MTS information on New Year’s Day can visit the MTS website or download the mobile app OneBusAway for real-time information. The automated InfoExpress phone line will also remain available by calling 619-685-4900. All offices will reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 2 with regular business hours.