Areas in the United States and Canada in major metro locations are trying to keep drunk drivers off the road by providing free taxi service. Every city doesn’t have a dedicated free taxi service but even ones without free cab rides will have discounted services for people calling from a bar that are too intoxicated to drive.
We’ll try to provide you a good list of different cities, organizations and companies that are trying to make New Years Eve drinking and partying safer so that no one is driving home drunk. Our list will be updated throughout NYE as more services and taxi companies announce free driving services.
Before you take up the free cab rides make sure that you know almost all of these taxi rides are provided by taxi companies at an expense to them and the drivers. Many cab drivers have donated their time to keep people safe. Some taxi companies have received donations from bars and organizations to help make New Years Eve drunk driving as rare as possible. Don’t get a DUI, be smart and have your bar call a taxi this New Years Eve for your safety and everyone elses.
(If you know of a free taxi service not listed please leave it in the comments for locals and people in your metro area)
Free Taxi Services In Alphabetical Order
The most promoted service that is available in almost every major metro location like New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, Kansas City, Atlanta and many other major cities is the AAA Tipsy Tow program. You don’t need to be an AAA member to use the Tipsy Tow program for New Years Eve. The service is offered from 6pm to 6am this New Years Eve.
Tipsy Tow service may be used by bartenders, restaurant managers, bar managers, party hosts, passengers and drivers. The service is for up to 10 miles to the drivers home and includes car towing.
Call: 1-800-222-4357 or 1-800-AAA-HELP
Say to the operator: Your location, you need a Tipsy Tow and you’ll be scheduled for a truck to your location.
Other services provided this year for different metro locations in the US & Canada:
Austin, Texas two free taxi transportation options. Capital Metro free night owl bus service until 3am (picks up at 6th street & Congress) & AAA Tipsy Tow at 1-800-AAA-HELP.
Baltimore, Maryland (AAA Mid-Atlantic, Maryland’s Motor Vehicle Administration Department and Yellow Cab) will be offering free cab rides to everyone celebrating in the city from midnight to 4 a.m. on New Year’s call 1-877-963-8294 or 1-877-963-TAXI.
Boston, Massachusetts doesn’t seem to be offering free cab rides but bars are offering free sodas to all designated drivers all night on New Years Eve.
Denver, Colorado offering $10 cab vouchers and MillerCoors and RTD are providing free transit rides on New Year’s Eve. The free rides start at 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and run through 6 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Although the rides will be free call 1-800-TAXICAB
Florida Statewide Free Taxi Rides & Service offered by AAA Auto Club South (includes Miami) – “Tow To Go” at 1-800-222-4357
Galesburg, Illinois The city of Galesburg will be providing “Alert Cab” for an 18th straight year to help adults bring in the new year responsibly. “All a patron needs to do that evening is go up to the bartender and ask them, the bartender can call a cab for them,” he said. “There’ll be a cab right in front of the bar, a Checker Cab will come pick them up. It will take them anywhere in the city of Galesburg for free. If you’re going outside city limits, you don’t start paying until you get outside the city limits of Galesburg.” Rides are from 11pm Saturday night until 3am Sunday morning
Georgia Statewide Free Taxi Rides & Service offered by AAA Auto Club South – “Tow To Go” at 1-800-222-4357
Kansas City, Missouri & Kansas City, Kansas are not included in AAA’s free towing. The Kansas City Trolley is offering free rides all evening. You can get a list of routes here: http://www.kctrolleytours.com/
Lafayette Indiana free taxi rides from any bar starting at midnight – Four Star Taxi & City Cab: http://www.wlfi.com/dpp/news/local/free-taxi-service-for-new-years-eve
Las Vegas, Nevada will be offering locals discounted $1 Monorail tickets on the trains until 3am.
Lawrence, Kansas party-goers can call Tipsy Taxi for free cab rides from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. Their phone number is 785.842.TAXI.
Minneapolis, Minnesota is not included in AAA Tipsy Tow. Bus & Train Systems will be free however – Miller Lite will be sponsoring free rides on any route operated by MVTA, Metro Transit or the, Metropolitan Council. Free rides are available after 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve through the last scheduled trip on any regular route operated by MVTA, Metro Transit or the Metropolitan Council. Paid Taxi Services Suburban Green & White Taxi 952-884-8888, Burnsville Taxi 952-882-1111 and Crown Taxi Airport Services 612-250-5250
Muskogee, Oklahoma – Mi Ryde Taxi will be giving free taxi rides from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. on New Year’s Eve: (918)686-7933
North Carolina, Charleston C & H Taxi in started free rides starting at 10pm until 5am New Year’s Day within 15 miles. http://www.wowktv.com/story/16423060/charleston-taxi-company-offers-free-rides-for-new-year-revellers
San Antonio, Texas Free or discounted cab rides will be available for those of you joining us at Celebrate San Antonio — the biggest New Year’s bash Downtown. The rides will be available from 10pm to 2am. The free fares are only valid for Yellow Cabs lined up on Convention Way near the corner of Alamo and Market, in front of the Convention Center.
Summit County, Utah free taxi rides by Taxi’s Against Drunk Driving Program (T.A.D.D.) Park City and more. – R. Taxi
St. Louis, Missouri doesn’t seem to be offering free taxi rides but applications for Android & iPhones to get cab rides are listed as Cab4Me, CabCorner and TaxiMagic
West and Middle Tennessee Free Taxi Rides & Service offered by AAA Auto Club South – “Tow To Go” at 1-800-222-4357
Topeka, Kansas free taxi rides are being offered starting 10pm to 4am by Yellow Cab at (913)-357-4444 http://cjonline.com/node/113008#.Tv-ygGMk6nA
Waseca, Minnesota Free Cab Companies offer free service – Flying Time Taxi and Taxi Connection: http://www.keyc.tv/story/16422891/free-taxi-service-on-new-years-eve
Washington DC / Arlington, Virgina is providing free taxi cabs for drunk drivers with SoberRide by Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) between 10pm & 6am (donations accepted) at: 1-800-200-8294 or #8294 (TAXI) on an AT&T Phone http://ballston.patch.com/articles/nye-guide-local-taxi-numbers http://www.wrap.org/soberride/
Wrangle, Alaska residents will get free cab rides starting at 5pm NYE to 5am from Northern Lights Cabs at: 907-874-4646
If your city isn’t listed and you find a free cab service please comment with a number for others to use! Thank you. Please be safe and have a Happy New Year from all of us here at z6mag.com.