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Take a free ride in Austin on New Year's Eve courtesy of Capital Metro

Take a free ride in Austin on New Year's Eve courtesy of Capital Metro

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Capital Metro is offering free rides on New Year's Eve from 6 pm to 3 am. Capital Metro/Facebook

This New Year's Eve, skip the hassle of parking and exorbitant surge pricing, and take a free ride. Capital Metro is offering free rides and extended service to help make sure everyone gets home safely.

On New Year's Eve, all Capital Metro rides will be free from 6 pm until 3 am. Choose to ride on the MetroBus, Night Owl, MetroRapid, or MetroRail. The Night Owl starts service after midnight and will offer free rides until 3 am. MetroRapid and MetroRail will extend service to 2:30 am, ensuring that you can celebrate until the bars and venues close and still have an option for safe travel.

New Year's Eve falls under Austin Police Department's No Refusal initiative, which has snagged 127 intoxicated drivers so far this holiday season and continues until January 3.

Make things easy with the free CapMetro app, where you can enter your address and destination and schedule your trip in a flash. Whatever method you choose, plan ahead to ensure everyone arrives home safely to enjoy the new year.

And, if you're still in need of plans, check out our guide to the best parties to ring in 2016.