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Here's How to Get Home (or Wherever!) Tonight

Sean Pyles | December 31, 2013 | Lifestyle Story City Life

Open: Until 3 AM
Cost: Same as always
New Year's Eve Special: Increased staff and extra trains leaving downtown after the fireworks! BART will be enacting a "skip-stop" train pattern as well, so you might want to read up on that.

Open: All night
Cost: Free 8 PM to 5 AM
New Year's Eve Special: Hordes of drunken freeloaders

Open: Last trains leave from the 4th and King Street station at 2:15 AM, earlier if filled to capacity
Cost: Free after 8 PM
New Year's Eve Special: A free ride to suburbia

OR, if you prefer navigating the streets through private channels, you're going to be paying a bit more than usual:

Open: All night
Cost: Potentially 100% to 200% more than usual, thanks to "Prime Time Tips," Lyft's new system to encourage drivers to work during high-demand hours
New Year's Eve Special: A ride at your convenience, if you can afford it.

Open: All night
Cost: Like Lyft, Sidecar has a surcharge enacted between 8 PM and 4 AM which may increase the cost of your ride three-fold. Check the app itself to see exact prices.
New Year's Eve Special: See above.

Open: All night
Cost: Will also be enacting so-called "surge pricing," which means your ride could cost anywhere from 1.5 times to 8 times the standard fare.
New Year's Eve Special: See above.

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