MillerCoors pays for all MTA services New Year's Eve; Circulator offers extended hours
Drink that eggnog with abandon.
The Maryland Transit Administration* will offer free services on New Year's Eve thanks to beer conglomerate MillerCoors.
The MTA and Miller partnered to provide free bus, metro subway and light rail service on New Year's Eve throughout the Baltimore region - the first time residents have had free public transportation over the holiday.
The free services begin at 8 p.m. December 31 and will last until 2 a.m January 1.
Kim Marotta, an executive at Miller Coors, said the freebie is to help Baltimore residents plan for safe rides home from New Year's celebrations. They're calling the program Miller Lite Rides, a name they've actually trademarked.
Miller has offered the free rides for 23 years across the country on different holidays, but this is the first time it's been offered in Baltimore.
A spokeswoman for the company said it began talks with the MTA in mid-July to offer the free rides here. The company hopes to offer more of them in the future during different holidays, as it already does in other cities.
Still, that means there'll be a surplus of free public transportation on New Year's Eve.
For a schedule of the Miller Lite rides, call 1-800-free-rides, text RIDEMTA to 30364, or visit millerlitefreerides.com or www.mta.maryland.gov.
For a list of New Year's Eve parties and bars that are staying open late, see The Sun's FindLocal NYE guide.
*Corrected from Maryland Transportation Authority