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The "Taking You Home for the Holidays" initiative, which will offer free rides for all regular and Handi-Transit riders on Dec. 31, will run all day, with the last bus departing from downtown at 1:38 a.m. It's the second year in a row for the service.
Deputy Mayor Justin Swandel said that this initiative will help keep the streets safer on New Year's EveHe encouraged Winnipeggers who plan on going out on New Year's Eve to "make the right choice" and not drive after drinking.
Patrol Sargent Damian Turner, the impaired driving counter-measures co-ordinator with the Winnipeg Police Service, urged the public to consider the cost of an impaired-driving charge compared to using a safe alternative like the free transit service, Operation Red Nose or a cab.
Dave Wardrop, executive director of Winnipeg Transit, said more than 10,000 people used transit's free New Year's Eve service last year, and he hopes this year's response will be even bigger.
Winnipeg Transit will run on a regular service schedule on New Year's Eve. People wondering about bus times should direct their inquiries to the Winnipeg Transit website www.winnipegtransit.com, or call 311.