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Release date: December 18, 2012

*** Press Release ***


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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) reminds Municipal Railway (Muni) customers that service will be complimentary on all vehicles Friday, Dec. 28 to celebrate Muni’s 100th Anniversary, and on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31.

Take a Free Ride as Muni Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Friday, Dec. 28, 5 a.m., through Saturday, Dec. 29, 5 a.m.

The SFMTA wants everyone to “Come on and Take a Free Ride” to celebrate Muni’s 100th anniversary. Muni service will be free to all customers from 5 a.m. Dec. 28 through 5 a.m. Dec. 29. Muni, the first publicly owned, land-based transit agency originated in San Francisco on this date in 1912.

In addition to free rides to mark the Muni centennial, the SFMTA has launched a special section of its website,, to share photographic images from the Muni archives, historic information and a calendar of centennial events.

“We are celebrating 100 years of Muni, which is a hallmark of the continued innovation that makes San Francisco unique among American cities,” said Tom Nolan, Chairman of the SFMTA Board of Directors. “Free rides are one of several special events celebrating this major achievement.”

“The centennial year celebrates the nation’s first publicly owned, land-based transit system, which is a testament to the forward thinking of all San Franciscans from 1912 to today,” said Ed Reiskin, SFMTA Director of Transportation. “It’s the people of San Francisco who make Muni what it is, so we want to thank them for a century of support by letting them ride Muni for free on this special occasion.”

Ride Muni Free New Year’s Eve

Monday, Dec. 31, 8 p.m. through Tuesday, Jan. 1, 6 a.m.

For the 13th consecutive year, the SFMTA will offer free rides on New Year’s Eve from 8 p.m., Dec. 31 through 6 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1.  The SFMTA is supported in this year’s Ride Muni Free New Year’s Eve effort by event sponsors 76.

“We at the SFMTA want all residents and visitors to enjoy welcoming in the New Year safely,” said SFMTA Director Reiskin. “Offering efficient and safe ways to get around the city will start everyone off to a happy, healthy 2013.”

"We are extremely happy to support the Ride Muni Free program this year.  76 strives to always be on the driver's side and sometimes that means giving drivers the opportunity to be passengers.  We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season,” said Jamie Edyvean, 76 Brand Director.

At midnight, there will be a city-sponsored fireworks show from a barge off of The Embarcadero, south of the Ferry Building. Motorists should anticipate delays in the area from approximately 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.

No closures or re-routes are planned. SFPD and SFMTA will monitor for any necessary re-routes. For details, please visit

New Year’s Eve Muni Service:

  • Complimentary Muni service 8 p.m., Dec. 31 to 6 a.m., Jan. 1
  • Muni Metro service between West Portal and Embarcadero stations extended to 4 a.m. and until 2:15 a.m. to 4th and King streets
  • Extra Owl service (1 a.m. to 5 a.m.): 5 Fulton, 14 Mission, 22 Fillmore, 24 Divisadero, 38 Geary, 90 and 91 Owl and the L and N Owl bus routes.  Service on the F Market historic streetcar line provided by buses after approximately 4 p.m.

Caltrain’s final New Year’s train will depart from the 4th and King Street Station at 2:15 a.m., Jan. 1. All Caltrain and Samtrans service will be free after 11 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. For more details, please visit

BART will provide additional service until approximately 3 a.m., Jan. 1. After 8 p.m. BART service to and from the East Bay will be separated between Embarcadero and Montgomery stations. Pittsburg/Bay Point and Richmond trains will depart from Montgomery Station (not Embarcadero) and Dublin/Pleasanton and Fremont trains will depart from the Embarcadero Station (not Montgomery). For more details, please visit

(This online version was corrected after the press release was issued to refer to the sponsoring company 76 correctly.)

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