LONG BEACH - New Year's Eve revelers can get free systemwide Long Beach Transit bus trips on Monday.

The service starting at 5 p.m. is sponsored by Downtown Long Beach Associates in support of its New Year's celebration downtown.

"New Year's Eve is a big night for our community," Kevin Warfield, Long Beach Transit operations manager, said in a statement.

"While everyone is out having a good time, we focus on helping keep our roads and residents safe by offering a reliable way to get to and from home on public transportation."

Free boarding will be provided through 12:30 a.m. Tuesday; extended evening service will depart from the First Street Transit Gallery, located between Pine Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard, at 1:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m.

Bus routes during extended hours will be abbreviated, so Long Beach Transit officials recommend passengers plan their trip by calling 562-591-2301 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday, or by visiting the Transit and Visitor Information Center at First Street and Pine Avenue.

Route information can also be accessed at a touch screen kiosk at the same location and at www.lbtransit.com.

Live, in-person bus assistance will be available in downtown Long Beach on New Year's Eve.

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Long Beach Transit extended New Year's Eve service

Trips leaving First Street Transit Gallery downtown at 1:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m.:

Route 23: Shelter H to Cherry Avenue at Del Amo Boulevard

Route 46: Shelter B to Anaheim Street at Pacific Coast Highway

Route 61: Shelter G to Atlantic Avenue at Del Amo Boulevard

Route 94: Shelter E to Bellflower Boulevard at Stearns Street via 7th Street/CSULB

Route 111: Shelter C to Lakewood Boulevard at Del Amo Boulevard via Broadway

Route 121: Shelter H to Alamitos Bay Landing

Route 151: Shelter H to Colorado Lagoon via 4th Street

Route 173: Shelter F to Long Beach Towne Center via Atherton Street/CSULB

Route 181: Shelter B to Wardlow Station via Magnolia Avenue

Route 191: Shelter C to Del Amo Boulevard at Lakewood Boulevard via Santa Fe Avenue

Source: Long Beach Transit