CTA to provide free train and bus rides on New Year’s Eve

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CHICAGO – Headed out for New Year’s Eve? CTA wants to make sure you get home safely.

The Chicago Transit Authority says it will be providing free bus and train rides on New Year’s Eve from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. as an effort to curb drunk driving.

“The program encourages people to leave their keys at home and let the CTA be their designated driver,” said CTA President Dorval Carter Jr. in a statement.

The free rides have become a tradition for Chicago. CTA says the program will be sponsored by Miller Lite for the fourth consecutive year. Miller says it will be covering the costs for “all rides taken” as part of the agreement.

CTA says riders need not bring their cards on New Year’s Eve; should they mistakenly swipe them on fare-readers, “no refunds will be issued.”

According to a statement by CTA, bus and rail service will operate on a regular weekday schedule Thursday, Dec. 31, to be followed by a “Sunday/holiday schedule” on Friday, New Year’s Day.