CTA to Offer Free Train, Bus Rides on New Year's Eve

The free rides will last from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

New Year’s Eve revelers will once again be able to get home safely, and cheaply, thanks to the Chicago Transit Authority.

Beginning at 10 p.m. New Year’s Eve, all CTA buses and trains will be free to ride for all riders as part of a sponsorship deal with Miller Lite beer.

Customers will not have to touch their Ventra cards to take advantage of the free rides, and will be able to ride until 4 a.m. without cost.

Photos: New Year's Eve in Chicago

“We are proud to be able to offer free transportation this New Year’s Eve,” said CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr. “We wish all our customers a safe and happy New Year and encourage them to allow CTA to be the designated driver for the night.”

According to a press release by the agency, the CTA provided nearly 91,000 free rides on New Year’s Eve 2017.

Customers that touch their Ventra cards to turnstiles or on buses will not be eligible for refunds, the agency cautions.

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