New Year’s Eve options to get home safely
by Anthony Gentile
Published - 12/23/09 - 07:56 PM | 13256 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For revelers who plan on enjoying more than a single flute of bubbly this New Year’s Eve, driving home should not be considered an option. Here is a brief guide for those who want to ditch driving this New Year’s Eve.

Call a cab: Two of the biggest cab companies in San Diego are Orange Cab and Yellow Cab. Orange Cab can be reached at (619) 233-5555. Yellow Cab dispatchers can be contacted from any of the three local area codes by dialing 444-4444 or by texting a complete address 777222.

Board the bus: San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) is offering free service after 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. In addition, each of its three trolley lines and three of its bus routes (7, 11, 929) will continue limited service all night long. Buses will run on a half-hour to hourly schedule and trolleys will run every half hour. Sycuan Casino and Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s sponsorship of MTS made the additional transit service possible.

Take a tow: The Automobile Club of Southern California (AAA) is offering its free Tipsy Tow service from 6 p.m. New Year’s Eve to 6 a.m. New Year’s Day. Drivers can call 1 (800)-400-4AAA and receive a free ride and tow home for up to seven miles.

“Tipsy Tow provides motorists with a safe ride home for themselves and their vehicles instead of driving while intoxicated,” said AAA traffic safety researcher Steve Bloch.

Roll out in style: Two local businesses that offer limo services are Premier Limousine and Top Dog Limo Bus.

“The great part about New Year’s Eve is that a lot of people like to get together with everybody else,” said Albert Allison, operations manager for Premier Limousine. “We like to take care of the people that want a more private experience.”

Premier Limousine rents out vehicles for six hours on New Year’s Eve, ranging from $360 to $900 for the evening. They also have the only bubble gum pink Cadillac Escalade limo on the West Coast.

Top Dog in Pacific Beach offers limo buses and extended Hummers that range from $150 to $180 per hour. Company President Russell Van Huizum said he has already had a few inquiries about New Year’s Eve.

“With limo buses, half the fun is being on the bus because you can stand up, you can dance,” Van Huizum said.

Top Dog will rent out its vehicles for a minimum of seven hours for the evening and will decorate the inside of their vehicles with a New Year’s theme.
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