How to make it home safely after the NYE parties end
New Year's Eve is one of the most anticipated party nights of the year. Who doesn't like to dress up, gather with friends and drink that delicious bubbly while toasting to the new year? But while midnight is an extravaganza of cheers and clinking glasses, that champagne -- and whatever else you drank before it -- might make finding your way home difficult.
Thankfully there's no shortage of ways to make it back home safely. Here's a roundup of some of the options, with any caveats they might carry.
TECO Streetcar: Those celebrating in downtown Tampa, Ybor City or Channelside can take advantage of free ride’s on the TECO Line Streetcar. It will be free from 7 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. Check out the maps and schedule on the streetcar's site.
Alert Cab: Want to take a cab in Hillsborough County but don’t want to shell out the cash? Alert Cab, sponsored in the Tampa Bay area by Pepin Distributing, provide free cab rides to bar and restaurant patrons. Uses should ask the bartender to call an Alert Cab, and Pepin Distributing will pay the full cab fare.
Tow To Go: Those who drove to their celebration location, but then had too much drink while there don’t have to worry about leaving their car over night. Tow to Go, sponsored by AAA and Pepin Distributing, will take both the car and its passengers home safely. The service is only available for rides within a 10-mile radius.
Uber and Lyft: Though these services are facing ongoing regulatory battles in Hillsborough, both are available and operating throughout Tampa Bay. Be warned, though: both companies apply “surge” or “prime time” pricing -- which means fares could skyrocket when demand is highest, such as right after midnight.