Public, Private Organizations Team Up For New Year's Eve Rides

Alan Scaia
December 31, 2018 - 8:59 am

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Public and private groups across Texas are coming together to offer rides for people who may be too drunk to drive on New Year's Eve. A "no refusal" period is currently in effect across Texas.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit will stop collecting fares on buses and trains Monday at 6 p.m.​ Rides will also be free on TRE trains to CentrePort Station, with the last train leaving Union Station in Dallas at 12:45 Tuesday morning.

"Our big focus is to make sure our DART riders and passengers can have a nice time out for New Year's but also have a safe way home," says DART's Gordon Shattles.

The last train that will travel all the way to Fort Worth leaves Union Station at 10:24.

Last year, DART says 20,000 people took advantage of free rides.

"Any opportunity we've got to keep people off the road and make sure everyone has a great night out but arrives home safely is a big deal for us," Shattles says.

AAA will offer its "Tipsy Tow" service starting at 6 pm through 6 am Tuesday. Drivers, bartenders and restaurant managers can call (800) AAA-HELP to get a free tow of up to ten miles.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has partnered with the ride-sharing app, Lyft, to provide discounts. People can use the promo code, "NYE PLAN 18," to receive a $5 discount.