Celebrate, ring in the New Year, and get home safe with a few extra bucks in your pocket.
New Year's Eve is just around the corner. The metro area will host two fireworks shows on the 16th St. Mall at 9 p.m. and 12 p.m., there's tons of parties popping off, concerts galore, and more. And because you have to take out a loan out just to pay for the covers in the bars downtown, it's always good to plan ahead and save some money when it comes to getting home. Also, and most importantly, if you choose to drown 2018 away in craft beer and hangover-guaranteed shots, you want to wake up in your bed in your own pajamas on the first day of 2019, rather than in a hospital or in a less-than-stylish orange uniform in jail.
Luckily, you've got a couple of options for free or discounted sober rides home.
Freeze the Keys with RTD
Hitch a ride on good, old public transportation this New Year's Eve! RTD and Coors have teamed up to offer free rides on all services (buses, light rails, etc.) from 7 p.m. on Dec. 31 to the end of the service day on Jan. 1 (which is 2:59 a.m. on Jan. 2, in case you keep the party going). According to the RTD website, two extra hours of service will be added to the C, E, and H lines to accommodate the late-night revelers. These lines will be operating until approximately 2 a.m. on Jan. 1.
This is likely your best free option to get around the city and suburbs with relative ease. Make sure to plan ahead as public transport can take a little extra time, and you may have to make a few transfers. In addition, there will be some service limitations in the downtown area.
"Due to downtown fireworks displays, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. there will be limited Free MallRide service on the 16th Street Mall, and no light rail service on the D and H light rail lines between the Theatre District/Convention Center and 18th & California/Stout stations or on the L Line between 16th and California/Stout and 20th and Welton Stations," says RTD.
Ride Safe with Sawaya Law Firm
For 12 years, the Sawaya Law Firm has done its part to help Denver and Colorado Springs residents celebrate responsibly. Anyone 21 and older can enjoy the Free Cab Ride program, a one-way ride home from the Metro area on Dec 31. - Jan. 1, up to a maximum of $35. Cabs, Ubers, and Lyft rides are all eligible. Sawaya also offers this program for several of the major holidays throughout the year.
Taking advantage of this generous offer is simple: After you pay the cab driver or ride-sharing service for your ride home, get a receipt for the trip and send the receipt and a copy of valid ID to The Sawaya Law Firm.
Holiday – Free Cab Ride Program
The Sawaya Law Firm
1600 Ogden Street
Denver, CO 80218
Get Home with McDivitt Law Firm (Colorado Springs and Pueblo only)
If you live in Colorado Springs or Pueblo, you can catch a cab ride thanks to McDivitt. You can only get a free ride if you are going home.
In Colorado Springs call zTrip at 719-766-4567 or use the zTrip app between the hours of 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. on December 31st and tell your driver, “It’s on McDivitt." In Pueblo, call City Cab at 719-543-2525.
Uber, Lyft, and Other Ride Shares
Check your ride share apps for possible promos on New Year's Eve rides. As of writing this, my Lyft and Uber apps had not posted any codes yet, but they have some years in the past. Of course, if you happen to have that one rare unicorn in your group who hasn't signed up for the service as of yet, New Year's Eve is a great time for it so they can take advantage of the first-time rider coupons. Just be prepared for some serious surge pricing and long wait times to catch a ride share, but any money saved is a good thing.
What are you doing to ring in the New Year? Let us know in the comments below.