At the present time it appears that there will be no free TTC rides on New Year’s Eve. In the past there have been corporate sponsors that paid the TTC to operate a free service. With the lack of a sponsor, patrons will have to pay full fare.
Last year Durham Region Transit offered free transit along with Mississauga, Brampton and Hamilton. Go Train and bus users also were offered a free ride from 7 p.m. until service ended that night.
In 2007 thanks to Ontario Power Generation (OPG) DRT free transit was made available for passengers beginning at 20:00 on New Year’s Eve and extended until 02:00 New Year’s Day. The free DRT extended service met the last GO Train arrivals from Union Station on New Year’s Eve at the Pickering, Ajax, Whitby and Oshawa Stations. It was DRT’s hope that it would encourage safe travel during the festive season.
According to the November 26, 2008 Durham Region Transit Executive Committee agenda, free New Year’s Eve service was one of the items to be discussed. Unfortunately as of this posting DRT has no info on their web site about New Year’s Eve service and free transit.