As residents of San Diego County prepare to say goodbye to 2021, there are a few things to be aware of regarding New Years Eve. From what services are still available to extended and even free transit, here are some changes brought Friday for the celebrations.
San Diegans will have options to return home safely after the Friday night festivities, with free rides and additional late night transit service on New Years Eve.
The Metropolitan Transit System and the North County Transit District will offer free rides and additional service after 6 p.m. on all MTS buses and trolleys, and NCTD’s Coaster, Sprinter and Breeze services.
“We want to make sure that the public has the opportunity to take all necessary precautions and to make the New Year’s festivities safe for them and their loved ones,” said Nathan Fletcher, chairman of the board of directors of MTS and county supervisor. from San Diego. “The free rides after 6:00 pm and the extra late night service will give people a great option to stay safe and let MTS drive for them. “
Lyft and Bird will also be offering discounts on electric scooters. By entering the code “MTS2022”, passengers can receive a $ 5 discount on scooter rides that start or end at select transit centers all day on New Years Eve and New Years Day. For Lyft scooters , passengers should use the code on their account before riding to ensure that it is automatically applied to the trip.
“We encourage everyone going out to celebrate the New Year to take advantage of free public transportation as a safe and convenient alternative to driving a car,” said Tony Kranz, chairman of the NCTD board and city councilor of ‘Encinitas. “Start the New Year off on the right foot by riding safely and for free.”
All administrative offices in the city of San Diego will be closed on Friday for the holiday.
There will be no delay in the collection of household garbage, recyclables and organic waste for customers served by the city’s environmental services department. Residents who are not served by the city should check with their waste hauler for public holiday service schedules.
The Miramar landfill, greenery and recycling center will be open on Friday and closed on Saturday. The garbage and recycling container sales office at 8353 Place Miramar will be closed on both days.
The Torrey Pines, Mission Bay and Balboa Park golf courses will be open until sunset Friday and Saturday. Vacation rates will apply. The city’s recreation centers will be closed on Friday and Saturday.
All public buildings in Balboa Park will be closed, including the Balboa Park Activity Center, Botanical Building, Casa del Prado, Municipal Gymnasium and War Memorial Building.
All of the city’s reservoirs will have normal hours on Fridays and closed on Saturdays. Lake Chollas will be open from 6.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and closed on Saturday.
Additionally, county offices, family resource centers, libraries and animal shelters will be closed to the public on Friday for the New Year’s holidays.
County parks, reserves and campgrounds will be open during regular business hours on Saturdays. However, there will be no access to public vehicles or washrooms, with the exception of neighborhood campgrounds and day-use parks.
Facilities will be closed in county parks on the dates below:
- The Fallbrook Community Center will be closed Friday and Saturday;
- The Lakeside Community Center will be closed on Saturday;
- The Lakeside Teen Center / REC Club will be closed from Saturday to Monday;
- The Spring Valley Community Center will be closed on Saturday;
- The Spring Valley Teen Center / REC Club will be closed Saturday through Monday;
- The Spring Valley Gym will be closed Friday and Saturday;
- The 4S Ranch recreation office will be closed Friday and Saturday.
County offices will resume normal hours on Monday.
Parking, emergency services and COVID-19 facilities
Parking meters, time restrictions for on-street parking, yellow zones and street sweeping routes posted in the City of San Diego will not be enforced on Friday and Saturday. All other parking infractions will apply.
County-run COVID-19 vaccination and testing sites will also be closed Friday and Saturday and resume normal hours on Sunday.
Essential services, including sheriff’s department patrols and emergency animal control responses, will continue during the holidays, the county said.