How to get home from New Year's festivities

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Photo - Olga Lovchu, of Chicago, center right, cheers in Times Square for the New Year's Eve celebration, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, in New York. This will be the first Times Square countdown in decades without Dick Clark, who died in April, and will be honored with a tribute concert and his name printed on pieces of confetti. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Olga Lovchu, of Chicago, center right, cheers in Times Square for the New Year's Eve celebration, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, in New York. This will be the first Times Square countdown in decades without Dick Clark, who died in April, and will be honored with a tribute concert and his name printed on pieces of confetti. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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New Year's Eve revelers who plan on staying out late should take note of their options for getting home.

Metro plans to keep its trains running two hours later than its normal midnight closing on Monday, but the actual train times will vary by station. Riders should add two hours to the normal last train departure.

And fares will cost off-peak rates throughout the late-night hours, Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said.

Early celebration?
Metro got two hours ahead of itself Monday when it tweeted at 2:38 p.m. on its @wmata account:
"Six hours until 2013. Eight hours until Metrorail closes. (Yes, we're open until 2 a.m. tonight!) Party safe. Happy New Year! #wmata"

Those who miss the last trains and don't want to wait until the rail system reopens at 7 a.m. on New Year's Day could take a free cab ride home. The Washington Regional Alcohol Program is offering the free taxi trips as part of its SoberRide program from 10 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday. The catch: The program covers fares only up to $30 and only for riders age 21 and older in the District and Montgomery, Prince George's, Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William counties, plus eastern Loudoun County. Would-be drunken drivers can call 800-200-TAXI (8294) or text #WRAP on an AT&T cellphone.

Interestingly, Metro's equivalent subway system in Chicago has a different model. The Chicago Transit Authority is offering rides for a penny between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. to keep drivers off the roads, as it has done for more than 25 years. This year the event is sponsored by MillerCoors.

kweir@washingtonexaminer.com

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