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Central Coast safe ride options this New Year’s

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We all know the important line- "drive sober or get pulled over." This year make sure that if you are drinking during your New Year's celebration to ring in 2020, you have a safe way to get home.

Here are some option offered to people on the Central Coast:


If you are wearing a button for the First Night Monterey New Year's Eve celebration you can ride MST, including MST RIDES ADA paratransit service, for free starting 3 P.M.

There is a park-and-ride option from Del Monte Center at the bus stop where you can catch a ride to Monterey Transit Plaza. The buses run for free every ten minutes between 3 P.M. and 1 A.M.

More details on getting home to Monterey Transit Plaza are pasted below.


The Capitola Police Department is once again offering people in the area a ride home. From 10 P.M. to 3 A.M. they are giving people a lift between Capitola, Live Oak, Soquel and Seacliff.

Call 831-475-4242


If you are heading up to the Bay Area, you can snag a $10 ride credit from Lyft. This is through the California Office of Traffic Safety from a $20,000 grant from the Governors Highway Safety Association.

The credits are available to both new and existing Lyft riders.


According to California Highway Patrol, at least 25 people were killed in collisions involving impaired drivers during their 102-hour New Year's Maximum Enforcement Period in 2018. 270 others were injured. CHP made 1,140 arrests in that period.

Monterey-area CHP tells KION there were seven DUI arrests on New Year's Eve/New Year's Day in 2018.

Getting home (from the Monterey Transit Plaza):

·         Shuttle to Del Monte Center: Return trips every 10 minutes until 1:12 AM.         

·         New Monterey: Board regular Saturday Line 1 with last trip at 7:00 PM, or a special Line 2 with last trip departing at 12:30 AM.

·         Pacific Grove: For service to Forest Hill and downtown Pacific Grove, board regular Saturday lines 1 or 2. Last bus via Line 1 is 7:00 PM. Last trip via a special Line 2 is 12:30 AM.

·         Carmel: Board regular Saturday Line 24 Carmel Rancho with the last trip departing at 12:30 AM. No late night trips to Carmel Valley.

·         Seaside and Sand City: Board regular Saturday scheduled JAZZ A Sand City via Hilby with the last trip departing at 2:30 AM, or board a special JAZZ B Sand City via Broadway departing at 12:30 AM.

·         Marina and Salinas: Board regular Saturday Line 20 operating from Sand City Station until 2:49 AM. Catch JAZZ A at Monterey Transit Plaza to access this service. For direct service to Salinas via Marina, board Line 20 special trip departing at 12:30 AM, service to the CSUMB Visitor Center, Preston Park, and Schoonover Park on this trip will be available upon request.

·         MST RIDES: ADA paratransit service will be available by reservation within three-quarters of a mile of any of the above fixed-route service for those registered in the program.

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Aaron Groff

Aaron Groff is an evening co-anchor at KION News Channel 5/46.


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