Free New Year's Eve cab rides return to Baltimore thanks to Tipsy Taxi
For the third year in a row, Baltimore residents will get free cab rides on New Year's Eve.
Yellow Cab Baltimore, AAA Mid-Atlantic and the State Highway Administration with the Maryland Transit Administration, have partnered to offer the Tipsy? Taxi! program this Friday to residents who've done just a little too much celebrating.
From midnight until 4 a.m., cab rides under $50 originating in the city will be comped by the program.
The Maryland Transit Administration will make an official announcement Tuesday at a press conference at the Inner Harbor.
The cab rides are the third free transportation option residents will have on New Year's Eve this year. The MTA partnered with MillerCoors to offer free services until 2 a.m. that day, and the Charm City Circulator will extend operating hours until 1 a.m.
Tipsy? Taxi! aims to "deter impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel," said Lora Rakowski, a spokeswoman for SHA.
It's been offered on New Year's Eve in the city since 2008, when at least 110 residents took advantage of it. And was also on hand earlier this year on other drinking high holidays like St. Patrick's Day, the Fourth of July and Halloween.
To get picked up by Tipsy? Taxi!, call 1-877-963-TAXI.
The program, though, does come with a few provisos: residents can only be dropped off at their homes, not other bars or restaurants. And, confusingly, they must be 21 or older. Because minors who drink illegally totally don't need free designated drivers.
And beware, at least one resident has complained about the service's timeliness in the past.