Your Guide to Getting Around Dallas on New Year's Eve, Without Driving Yourself

Have that extra glass of champagne. If you don't want to drive on New Year's Eve, you've got options. Everyone from transit agencies to ride-hailing companies to beer brewers is encouraging partygoers to leave car keys behind if they're going to spend the night drinking. Consider this: Jan. 1 is the second-worst day of the year for deaths in motor vehicle crashes, according to an analysis by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Almost two-thirds of the deaths recorded on that date between 2010 and 2014 involved an intoxicated driver, cyclist or pedestrian.Dallas police will be watching. New Year's Eve weekend is also a no-refusal weekend, meaning that if police stop you and you refuse a breathalyzer, officers can quickly get a warrant to draw blood.Avoid a fine or worse. Here are some ride options:Buses and trainsDallas Area Rapid Transit has partnered with MillerCoors for another year of free rides on New Year's Eve. Buses, paratransit cars, light rail trains and the Trinity Railway Express to Fort Worth are all free.You won't need a pass to ride from 6 p.m Dec. 31 until end of service, which is an hour or two after midnight for the trains, depending on your destination. The last TRE train leaves Union Station at 1 a.m. Final light rail trains will leave the West End Station in downtown Dallas at the following times:Red Line to Parker Road — 1: 44 a.m. Red Line to Westmoreland — 1:50 a.m.Blue Line to Downtown Rowlett — 1:47 a.m.Blue Line to UNT Dallas — 1:46 a.m.Green Line to North Carrollton/Frankford Road — 1:56 a.m.Green Line to Buckner — 1:36 a.m.Orange Line to Parker Road — 12:54 a.m.Orange Line to DFW Airport — 1:30 a.m.For more information on DART's holiday schedules, visit dart.org.  Continue reading...

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