Light rail and subway are extending operating hours for New Year's Eve

December 31, 1997|By SUN STAFF

New Year's Eve revelers at the Inner Harbor can take advantage of extended operating hours on the state Mass Transit Administration's subway and light rail systems.

Both systems will run until 2 a.m. to offer the public alternatives to driving. People who board by 2 a.m. will be able to reach their destinations, said MTA spokesman Anthony Brown.

The extended hours are part of an effort to reduce traffic congestion, provide transportation and give celebrants an alternative to driving if they have been drinking alcohol, Brown said.

MTA buses will run on a regular schedule, and MARC commuter trains will be on a holiday schedule on New Year's Eve. Light rail runs from Hunt Valley to Glen Burnie, and the subway operates from Owings Mills to East Baltimore.

David Snyder, a spokesman for Yellow Transportation Co., which dispatches Yellow, Sun, Checker and Jimmy's Cabs, said the firm will again operate its Sober Ride Program on New Year's Eve.

Bartenders and others may call 410-685-1212 to summon cabs for people who have had too much to drink. The people must surrender their car keys to the cabdrivers for a free ride home, Snyder said.

For information on Sober Ride, call 410-685-1212; for MTA, 410-539-5000.

Pub Date: 12/31/97

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