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News Briefs: Ring in new year at Commonwealth Club

by Cynthia Laird

The Commonwealth Club's New Year's Eve party will include great views of the fireworks show.
The Commonwealth Club's New Year's Eve party will include great views of the fireworks show.   

For the first time ever, the Commonwealth Club will celebrate its premier Embarcadero location with a New Year's Eve party Monday, December 31.

Attendees will walk the red carpet and then enjoy indulgent cuisine, high-end spirits, lively entertainment, and some of the best views of the fireworks.

The party, which runs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., includes three separate event spaces, unlimited cocktails, a midnight balloon drop, dancing, and more. DJ St. John from 99.7 will be spinning tunes.

The club's offices are located at 110 The Embarcadero; party check-in will be via the club's back door at 115 Steuart Street. Public transportation or Uber or Lyft are highly encouraged.

Attire is sparkly, no jeans, and guests must be 21 or older.

Tickets are $399 and available at

Free Muni and other transit options for NYE
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will offer free rides on New Year's Eve from 8 p.m. Monday, December 31, to 5 a.m. Tuesday, January 1.

"We wish all San Francisco residents, workers, and visitors a safe and happy new year. That's why we partnered with 76 to once again make Muni free on the last night of the year," Ed Reiskin, SFMTA director of transportation, said in a news release. "So celebrate the end of 2018 without the worry of drinking and driving."

The free Muni program includes all Muni lines and routes. Additionally, Owl service frequency will be doubled on several routes and extra Metro shuttles will run from West Portal to Fourth and King streets until 2:15 a.m. Cable car service will be provided by buses after about 6 p.m., as will service on the F Market trolley line.

The fireworks show will start at midnight from a barge south of the Ferry Building. Motorists should anticipate delays in the area from about 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. No closures or re-routes are planned. SFMTA and the San Francisco Police Department will monitor for any necessary re-routes.

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For people planning to ride BART, it will not be free but will offer extended service until 3 a.m.

In a news release, the agency said that standard weekday service will run December 31 until 8 p.m., though some extra commuter trains will be canceled.

Special service to and from San Francisco starts at 8 p.m. and extends to 3 a.m. Trains will run every 20 minutes after midnight with extra trains standing by in downtown San Francisco after the fireworks show.

To minimize platform overcrowding at the Embarcadero, Montgomery, and West Oakland stations, beginning at 8 p.m. trains will skip stops into and out of San Francisco as follows:

Antioch and Richmond trains heading into the city will not stop at Embarcadero. People should exit at Montgomery for the fireworks show.

Dublin/Pleasanton and South Fremont/Warm Springs trains will not stop at Montgomery. People should exit at Embarcadero station for the fireworks show.

Trains from Millbrae, Daly City, and San Francisco International Airport will stop at all stations in San Francisco.

After the fireworks end, Antioch and Richmond line trains will not stop at Embarcadero Station. Use Montgomery station to catch these trains.

Dublin/Pleasanton and South Fremont/Warm Springs line trains will not stop at Montgomery Street. Use Embarcadero station to catch these trains.

Dublin/Pleasanton and South Fremont/Warm Springs line trains will not stop at West Oakland. The first East Bay stop will be Lake Merritt station. People will need to change to a SF-bound train at Lake Merritt if they need to return to West Oakland.

Millbrae, Daly City, and SFO passengers should use the Montgomery station.

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For people planning to take Caltrain into San Francisco on New Year's Eve, it will operate a regular weekday schedule with extra service for the fireworks show.

Caltrain will provide free service after 8 p.m. until the last train departs San Francisco at 2 a.m.

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