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Free service on New Year's Eve (details below)
Additional service: Metro Subway, L Owl, N Owl, 5, 14, 22, 24, 38, 90, 91
Reroutes only if needed: F, 1, 5, 6, 8X, 9, 10, 12, 14, 21, 24, 31, 35, 38, 45, 71, L Owl, N, Owl, California Cable Car
Bus substitution: F
Dates: Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, through early Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013
Time: overnight

On December 31, New Year's Eve:

  • Muni travel, including cable cars, is free from 8 p.m. New Year's Eve until 6 a.m. New Year's Day.
    • Do not tag your Clipper® card during the free service. You will be charged if you do not have a valid pass.
  • Customers are encouraged to use the Metro to get into and out of the Downtown area.
  • Additional Metro service from 9 p.m. to 2:15 a.m. from West Portal to Caltrain and until 4 a.m. from Embarcadero to West Portal Station.
  • J, K, L, M, and N Metro lines are operating on their regular schedule, until shortly before 1 a.m.
  • Owl service: Extra service on Muni Owl Lines (1 to 5 a.m service): 5 Fulton, 14 Mission, 22 Fillmore, 24 Divisadero, 38 Geary, 90 Owl, 91 Owl, and L and N Owl motor coach service. Frequency will be shortened from 30 to 15 minutes.
    • Extra Owl service is subject to change, based on operating conditions.
  • The San Francisco 311 Customer Service Center, is open all night, as usual, for travel assistance.
  • The F Market and Wharves service will be provided by motor coaches after approximately 4 p.m. There will be reroutes only if necessary.

Other Transit Systems

  • BART:
    • Customers are encouraged to buy two-way tickets at the start of the evening to avoid long lines for return tickets at the end of the evening.
    • BART will have extended service that evening. To help ease the crowding at the Embarcadero and Montgomery Stations, the following will be in effect after 8 p.m.:
      • Trains coming from the Pittsburg/Bay Point and Richmond lines will stop at Montgomery Station, but not at Embarcadero Station. After the fireworks, customers returning on the Pittsburg/Bay Point and Richmond lines will pick up the trains back at Montgomery as well.
      • Trains coming from the Dublin/Pleasanton and Fremont lines will stop at Embarcadero Station, but not at Montgomery Street. After the fireworks, customers going to Dublin/Pleasanton and Fremont will also catch the trains at Embarcadero for their return trip.
      • If you are going to the Peninsula, you are encouraged to use Montgomery Station rather than Embarcadero station. If you do board at Embarcadero, take any train, but you may need to transfer at
    • For further information, visit BART at including BART 2012 New Year's Eve information.
  • Caltrain information is to be announced. Caltrain website

  • AC Transit provides regular overnight service on Route 800 from selected stops on Market Street.
    Eastbound 800 Sunday/holiday schedule, AC Transit website
  • SamTrans provides regular overnight service on Route 397 from Transbay Terminal and from 11th and Market.
    Southbound 397 Sunday/holiday schedule, new 511 website
    Southbound 397 Sunday/holiday schedule, accessible 511 website. Early trips are shown after later trips.
  • Golden Gate Transit provides a regular late night Route 70 trip after midnight.
    Northbound 70 weekend schedule, Golden Gate Transit website


This information is subject to change.

No re-routes are scheduled. If re-routes are required, vehicles will re-route as follows:

Re-routes in the various neighborhoods will take place only if necessary:

  • Embarcadero area:
    • The 1 California would not serve stops east of Davis.
    • The Californa Cable Car would not serve stops east of Kearny.
  • North Beach. If Broadway and Columbus closes :
    • The 10 Townsend and 12 Folsom/Pacific toward Cesar Chavez would run via Clay between Powell and Battery.
    • The 8X Bayshore Express and 91 Owl would not serve stops between Kearny and Jackson through Columbus and Stockton.
  • Cow Hollow (Union Street):
    • The 45 Union-Stockton would not serve stops on Union west of Van Ness.
  • The Castro:
    • The 24 Divisadero would not serve the stop at Castro and Market.
    • The 35 Eureka would stop on Market between Douglass and Eureka, and would miss all stops on Castro. Board on Eureka.

F, 5, 6, 14, 21, 31, 38, L Owl, N Owl, California Cable Car possible downtown re-routes

This information is subject to change. Trips may leave the downtown end early.

Route Potentially Affected Missed Stops or Area Affected Alternate Stops
F Market and Wharves toward Fisherman's Wharf
  • F Line reroutes may start as early as 7:30 p.m. and as late as 10 p.m.
  • Market east of 3rd.
  • Steuart Street.
  • Ferry Building.
  • Embarcadero and Washington.
  • Market at 3rd.
  • Embarcadero after Broadway.
F Market and Wharves toward the Castro District
  • F Line reroutes may start as early as 7:30 p.m. and as late as 10 p.m.
  • Embarcadero and Broadway.
  • Embarcadero and Washington.
  • Ferry Building.
  • Steuart Street
  • Market east of 2nd.
  • Embarcadero after Green.
  • Market at 2nd.
California Cable Car No service east of Kearny Take 1 California bus on Sacramento
  • 5 Fulton
  • 6 Parnassus
  • 21 Hayes
  • 31 Balboa
No service east of 4th Take Metro to or from Powell Station
14 Mission No service east of Main Street Take Metro to or from Montgomery Station; walk to Mission and Main.
38 Geary No service east of 3rd Geary at Kearny
L Owl regular service
  • No service east of 2nd
  • No outbound stop at Montgomery or 3rd
  • 2nd after Market, 10 Route stop.
  • Market at Stockton
N Owl regular service toward Caltrain Depot
  • No service on Market east of 2nd.
  • No service on the Embarcadero.
  • No stops on King.
  • Market at New Montgomery.
  • 2nd after Howard.
  • 2nd after Folsom.
  • 2nd after Bryant.
  • 2nd at Brannan.
  • Townsend after 3rd, 10 Route stop.
  • Caltrain Depot
N Owl regular service toward the Sunset District
  • No stops on King.
  • No service on the Embarcadero.
  • No service on Market east of 4th.
  • Caltrain Depot
  • 3rd near Brannan, 91 Route stop
  • 3rd between Bryant and Harrison, 91 Route stop
  • 3rd after Folsom, 91 Route stop
  • 3rd at Howard, 91 Route stop.
  • Market at 4th.




Note: Muni vehicles stop only at existing marked Muni stops. Reroutes over streets not normally served by Muni will operate non-stop over those streets. Exceptions to this policy, if any, would be noted above as "temporary stop."

Note: All times shown on this page are for expected effects on Muni service, not for the event or activity itself. Events or activities may start or end earlier or later than the times shown. All times are subject to change based on actual conditions. Reroutes may be added, removed or changed, also based on actual conditions.

Please contact 311 for more information

For effects on traffic, see Traffic Updates or contact 311.
New Year's Eve 2009 traffic advisory

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