Here’s how to get free rides in Tampa on New Year’s Eve

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Uber is offering discounted rides, too.

The city of Tampa has worked with several partners to ensure people celebrating New Year’s Eve downtown are able to get safely to and from their destinations.

The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority will offer free rides on all fixed-routes throughout the county beginning at 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. The agency is not extending its hours though. Riders should check the agency’s website to find out what times routes stop running. Most major routes stop running at about midnight so some riders may need to secure alternative transportation for their trip home.

The TECO Line Streetcar System will have extended hours for its free service in downtown and Ybor City. The Streetcar will operate until 2 a.m.

For those attending the city’s inaugural New Yarrgh’s Eve Booty Drop at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown, Uber is offering $10 off up to two trips to or from the park. Use the code SAFERIDETPA to obtain the discount.

The code is good from 9 p.m. Tuesday until 12:30 a.m.To obtain the discount, select the “payment” option from the menu in the Uber app and then scroll down to promotions. From there riders can select the “add promo code” field and enter the code.

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor is launching the new event as her second token event. The night will feature a “booty drop” countdown to midnight in which a countdown clock and digital image of a giant treasure chest will be projected on the side of Rivergate Tower. The treasure chest with “drop” down the side of the building similarly to how the ball drops in Time Square during its iconic New Year’s Eve countdown celebration.

“In Tampa, we don’t drop the ball on City traditions—but we will be dropping a treasure chest instead.” Castor quipped. “I’m so excited for Tampa to embrace another new tradition that will bring our community together to ring in 2020 and many more years to come.”

Private partners including. iHeartMedia, Amgen and the Seminole Hard Rock Casino are helping to fund the event, put on in partnership with the city’s Parks and Recreation Department and the Tampa Downtown Partnership.

The event is free and family friendly. Food and beverages options will also be available for purchase.

The party starts at 9 p.m. and runs until 12:30 a.m.

Janelle Irwin Taylor

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in Tampa Bay since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as senior reporter for WMNF News. Janelle has a lust for politics and policy. When she’s not bringing you the day’s news, you might find Janelle enjoying nature with her husband, children and two dogs. You can reach Janelle at [email protected].

One comment

  • Michele German

    December 29, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    This is great information as we plan to attend a concert at the Cuban Club in Ybor on New Year’s Eve. I haven’t been able to find any information confirming the extended hours for the streetcar on the TECO Streetcar website though. Do you have link you can share?

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