If you're going to be partying on New Year's Eve, you might want to get around without a car.
Luckily, that is in no way as preposterous as it sounds in L.A.
As in years past, all
If you drive, but have too much to drink, don't drive home.
A tow truck dispatched by the Auto Club of Southern California can give you a ride home and tow your car, for free. The service is available from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday.
For a ride, call 1-800-400-4222 and tell the operator, "I need a Tipsy Tow." You don't have to be a
Drivers will tow you for up to seven miles from your pick-up location, but will only take you home — not to another party. Passengers aren't allowed. You can only use the service one time on New Year's Eve.
If the ride is longer than seven miles, you will be charged the regular towing rate.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority buses and trains will be free from 9 p.m. Wednesday to 2 a.m. Thursday. After 2 a.m., a one-way fare will cost $1.75, which includes two hours of free transfers if you're using a TAP card.
Metro trains and the dedicated Orange Line busway will run every 20 minutes from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m., and many bus lines will be offering all-night service.
Call a cab:
The nine licensed taxi companies in the city of Los Angeles also can schedule rides in advance, online or over the phone.
- Bell Cab: Call (888) 551-6228
- Beverly Hills Cab: Call (310) 273-6611
- City Cab: Call (888) 248-9222
- Independent Taxi: Call (800) 521-8294
- L.A. Checker Cab: Call (800) 300-5007
- United Checker Cab: Call (877) 201-8294 or text (310) 574-2228
- United Independent Taxi: Call (800) 822-8294 or text (323) 207-8294
- United Taxi of San Fernando Valley: Call (800) 290-5600 or text (323) 207-8294
- Yellow Cab: Call (424) 222-2222 or text (310) 574-2228
Hailing a cab on the streets of Los Angeles can be tough. If you're near a hotel, it's often easiest to go to their taxi stand.
Summon a ride:
If you're in a loud bar, or just prefer the convenience of asking for a ride without making a call, there's an app for that.
Lyft: Drivers are "stocking their cars with water, snacks and party-till-you-drop playlists," the company said in a blog post. Demand will peak between 7 and 10 p.m. and 1 and 3 a.m., and passengers in cars adorned with Lyft's signature pink, fuzzy mustaches will face "prime-time pricing" of up to four times the normal rate.
Both Uber and Lyft are donating money to
If you have to drive, keep an eye out for street closures around Grand Park in downtown L.A. for the New Year's Eve party. Spring Street will be closed between Temple and 2nd streets until 6 p.m. Thursday. Portions of Broadway, Hill and West 1st streets will be closed from 4 p.m. Wednesday to noon Thursday. Olive Street will be closed until noon Thursday and Main Street will be closed from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
On New Year's Day, Rose Parade-goers can take the Gold Line to Pasadena to avoid traffic and parking hassles. The Del Mar and Memorial Park stations are closest to the parade route, which is two blocks away, while the Lake and Allen stations are both only four blocks from the route.