How To Get Home Safe From New Years

Buses are free as APD announces a midweek no-refusal crackdown

How To Get Home Safe From New Years

Let's face it: No one wants to start the new year with a DWI or (far worse) involved in a car wreck. So you might want to think carefully about your transport plans for tonight.

First off, Austin Police Department has announced that this Hogmanay they'll be running another no refusal weekend. This year the department is taking part in the Arrive Alive Central Texas/Home for the Holidays initiative, meaning that there will be more emphasis than ever on making sure drunk drivers aren't a menace to themselves or anyone else on the road (remember: cop around or not, it's never safe or sensible to drive drunk.) It's not just drunk-driving: APD will be cracking down extra-hard on speeding, tailgating, unsafe lane changing and aggressive driving. The initiative begins today, and runs through until Thursday, Jan. 2.

So if you are planning on drinking out and about tonight, Capital Metro has announced that it will be providing free services on New Year's Eve. The regular buses run until midnight (although they get pretty spartan after 10pm.) After that, the Night Owl services (starting at Sixth and Congress) will run until 3am. You can map your route and schedule at

There is a downside. Apparently Cap Metro believes that people don't have anywhere to go on New Year's Day, so on Jan. 1 they will be running Sunday service, meaning no UT Shuttles, Night Owls, E-Bus or MetroRail, and a dramatically reduced regular service.

But the buses aren't your only option. The Texas Department of Public Transportation is running, the agency's website designed to help you find safe ways home. From limo service to Tweeting for a friend to pick you up, it's pretty much the definitive list of how to get anywhere tonight.

Oh, yes, and wrap up warm. It'll be chilly, too.

More Transportation
Getting Around Austin
Getting Around Austin
Explore Downtown without a car and without getting lost

Annamarya Scaccia, June 22, 2016

Getting Around Austin: SXSW Edition
SXSW Transpo Guide
Alternatives to driving your car (because that's a terrible idea)

Eloise Kirn, March 3, 2016

More Austin Police Department
APD Makes Arrest in Rock Throwing
APD Makes Arrest in Rock Throwing
Suspect faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted

Annamarya Scaccia, June 16, 2016

Attempted Sexual Assault in North Austin
Attempted Sexual Assault in North Austin
APD believes case is linked to seven other assaults

Sarah Marloff, April 20, 2016

More by Richard Whittaker
Cracking the Mighty Coconut
Cracking the Mighty Coconut
Inside the Austin animation studio

July 22, 2016

Ted Cruz Refuses to Endorse Donald Trump
Ted Cruz Refuses to Endorse Donald Trump
Texas senator tosses matches (and himself) on RNC dumpster fire

July 21, 2016


Transportation, Austin Police Department, No Refusal, New Year's Eve, Cap Metro, Capital Metro, TxDoT, Texas Department of Transportation,

AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)