Hitting the town on New Year’s eve? You’ll need to plan your transportation carefully. Cabs are tricky to find, and Metrobus goes off the road at 6 PM, staying closed all through New Years Day.
We were curious how other cities similar in size to St. John’s handle transportation on New Year’s Eve, so we had a look at mid-sized cities across Canada, some bigger, some smaller than St. John’s – and it turns out that we’re in a pretty small minority within that group.
In 13 of the 23 cities we looked at (including Halifax and Fredricton), public transit on New Year’s Eve is free, usually after 6 or 7 PM, and runs extra late to get people home after their festivities. In a number of cases, this is funded through private sponsorships ( Guelph, for example, has their free transit funded by a local brewery)
In another 7 of the cities we looked at (Including Saint John and Thunder Bay), transit runs on its regular Saturday schedule on NYE.
We could only find 3 cities that have no service at all on New Year’s Eve – Charlottetown, Trois-Rivieres, and our own St. John’s. The chart below shows what we found – note that this is the result of a quick set of searches, so we likely missed a few.