Happy New Year, Seattle! We hope you have a happy, healthy, and safe new year!
We’re going to jump right in with a sobering stat to highlight a call for safety on our streets this New Year’s Eve. We promise we’re not trying to be a Debbie Downer, we just want everyone to have fun and be safe.
In 2016, nearly 10,500 individuals died in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in the United States. These are loved ones: friends, family members, co-workers, neighbors, someone’s future…gone because of impaired driving. In Seattle, impairment contributes to close to 20% of fatal crashes each year.
If we’re going to reach our Vision Zero goal of ending traffic deaths and serious injuries on city streets by 2030, we’re going to need your help, particularly on this issue. No matter how you’re planning to celebrate the New Year, plan ahead for a safe ride home.
Safe ride options
Take transit 👉🎉(IT’S FREE on NYE!)🎉👈, grab a cab or rideshare, or carpool with a sober friend. Here are a few more options:
- Metro rides are FREE for all customers on New Year’s Eve!
- King County Metro will be running on a Sunday schedule on New Year’s Eve and New Years Day. Peep the Metro holiday schedule for details.
- Sound Transit buses and rail service will operate on a Sunday schedule on New Year’s Day. There will be no Sounder service on New Year’s Day. Peep the Sound Transit holiday service schedule for details.
Rideshare or cab it!
Heading to the Space Needle, or your fave bar/vista nearby to watch the fireworks? On New Year’s Eve (4 PM on Dec. 31 through 6 AM on Jan. 1), new and existing Lyft users can snag 18% off a ride to or from the Uptown (Lower Queen Anne) neighborhood. This is part of our ongoing Vision Zero partnership with Lyft. Snag your discount and get the deets here!
Already a Lyft user, use code LQANYE18.
There are a lot of other options available at the click of a button on your phone:
Here’re a couple of apps that aggregates the rideshares above. They’re free to help you find out who’s closest to you.
Oh, and one more thing, on-street paid parking is free in Seattle New Year’s Day, Monday, Jan. 1. Happy New Year, Seattle!