Free bus, light rail rides on New Year's Eve; AAA offers Tipsy Tow

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Valley Metro is offering free rides on buses and the light rail for New Year's Eve. The light rail will run until 2 a.m. Wednesday.

Riders can use Park-and-Ride locations to catch the bus or light rail and taxi cabs are available to complete the trips.

Buses will operate a regular weekday schedule.

Route and schedule information is available by visiting, by calling 1-800-FREE RIDES or by texting FREE RIDES to 90464.

"New Year's Eve is the pinnacle of drinking holidays," said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. "As a leader in driver safety, AAA urges drivers to plan for a safe ride home before ringing in the New Year. If your safe plans fall through, call AAA for a Tipsy Tow."

AAA's Tipsy Tow service will run through 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Drivers, passengers, party hosts, bartenders and/or restaurant managers should call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357) and say that they need a "Tipsy Tow." Provide the driver's name, home address, phone number and vehicle/driver location.

Tipsy Tow provides a free 10-mile tow and ride home. For mileage beyond this, motorists are charged a standard towing rate. The service does not include roadside assistance.

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