People planning to go out for New Year’s Eve festivities Saturday night can get around the city on Long Beach Transit buses for free as the agency is offering riders fare-free rides through early Sunday morning.

The agency announced Friday that it will begin free ride service starting at 5 p.m. Saturday and continue to provide free rides until 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning. The service will include extended late-night service on nine routes to and from Downtown Long Beach, LBT said in a statement.

The extended service is intended to help people get to and from New Year’s Eve celebrations safely and without having to worry about parking or driving under the influence.

“Let LBT connect you to a safe New Year,” LBT president and CEO Kenneth A. McDonald, said in a statement. “For several years, LBT has offered complimentary rides on New Year’s Eve to promote safe travel and I am pleased to continue this tradition this year.”

The agency will operate on a Sunday schedule on both Jan. 1 and Jan. 2. AquaLink service will operate on a regular schedule from Dec. 30 through Jan. 1 and will still require the usual $5 one-way fare.

A full list of New Year’s Eve route changes can be found here.

Jason Ruiz covers City Hall and politics for the Long Beach Post. Reach him at [email protected] or @JasonRuiz_LB on Twitter.