NEW YEAR’S LIVE: The only local and live New Year’s celebration starting At 11:30 p.m.


SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — It’s usually the fog that takes the fun out of viewing fireworks over the Bay, but it’s the recent cold snap that may deter some spectators from coming out for the New Year’s Eve celebration in San Francisco.

Despite the chill, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to cram onto the Embarcadero to watch the fireworks which will be set from double barges on the Bay.

The 15-minute pyrotechnic extravaganza will kick off at 11:59 p.m. WATCH IT ONLINE HERE

For those brave enough to withstand the bone-chilling cold along the waterfront, arrive early and bundle up as temperatures fall into the 40s.


If you plan on staying home to ring in 2016, join KRON 4’s team coverage starting tonight at 11:30 p.m.

Catherine Heenan, Gary Radnich, Gabe Slate, and Mark Carpenter will be hosting our New Year’s Eve live show — the only local and live celebration in the Bay Area. You’ll be able to see the big fireworks show from the comfort of your home on air or online.



Several Agencies Will Be Operating Special Holiday Schedules For the New Year’s Holidays. Information and links below…


Please see the 511 Transit Holiday Schedules Page for more information. The 511 Trip Planner has been updated to reflect these holiday service changes.


BART will extend service until 3 am on New Year’s Eve to get you home safely from festivities. BART will run a normal weekday evening service schedule which will extend until 3 am. Trains will run every 20 minutes after midnight with extra trains standing by in downtown San Francisco after the fireworks show.

To further ease platform crowding at our busiest stations, Embarcadero, Montgomery, and West Oakland, beginning at 8 pm, BART will utilize a “skip-stop” train pattern into and out of San Francisco.

BART operates Weekdays 4:00 am – Midnight, Saturdays 6:00 am – Midnight and Sundays 8:00 am – Midnight except as follows:

2015 Date Service
New Year’s Day 2015 01/01/15 Sunday
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 01/19/15 Saturday
President’s Day 02/16/15 Saturday
Memorial Day 05/25/15 Sunday
Independence Day 07/04/15 Sunday
Labor Day 09/07/15 Sunday
Thanksgiving Day 11/26/15 Sunday
Christmas Day 12/25/15 Sunday


2016 Date Service
New Year’s Day 2016 01/01/16 Sunday
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 01/18/16 Saturday
President’s Day 02/15/16 Saturday
Memorial Day 05/30/16 Sunday
Independence Day 07/04/16 Sunday
Labor Day 09/05/16 Sunday
Thanksgiving Day 11/24/16 Sunday
Christmas Day 12/25/16 Sunday



Caltrain operates on the Sunday schedule during the following holidays:

New Year’s Day* (Fri. Jan. 1, 2016)

*New Year’s Eve, Thur. Dec. 31, 2015 will run regular Weekday Schedule PLUS 4 post-fireworks specials departing San Francisco Station at 12:45 am, 1:15 am, 1:45 am and a 2:15 am or when full. Free fare hours will be 8:00 pm to 5:00 am.  The Day after New Year’s, Sat. Jan. 2, 2016 will run a regular Saturday Schedule.

Memorial Day
Independence Day (Fourth of July)
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day

The Monthly Pass is honored for unlimited trips between all zones for all of the above listed holidays. For more info on Ticket Types, click HERE.


As you finalize plans to ring in the New Year, do you know how will you get home from the party? Let us do the driving.

Continuing a 16-year tradition, the SFMTA reminds you to consider letting Muni get you to and from the festivities this New Year’s Eve by offering free service all night, from 8 p.m., Dec. 31 to 5 a.m., Jan. 1, 2016.

Prepare for your free rides around town by checking out the full New Year’s Eve Planned Alert.  A few key details:

  • Complimentary Muni service from 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 31 to 5 a.m. on Friday, January 1.
  • Extra Owl service (1 a.m. to 5 a.m.): 5 Fulton, 14 Mission, 22 Fillmore, 24 Divisadero, 38 Geary, 90 and 91 Owl and the L and N Owl bus routes.
  • Service on the F Market historic streetcar line is provided by buses after approximately 4 p.m.
  • Service on cable cars will be provided by buses after approximately 4 p.m.
  • Extra 1 California service will operate between Presidio Ave and Drum Street from 7 p.m. until 3 a.m.
  • Late night transit services will also be available from our regional transit partners: AC Transit, BART, and SamTrans.

Cheers to a safe and happy 2016!



SamTrans will operate the Sunday schedule on New Year’s day. SamTrans will operate regular, non-school day schedules on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 2015


For New Year’s Eve, VTA will have free service from 8 p.m. New Year’s Eve until 5 a.m. New Year’s Day. For information:



AC Transit is ringing in the New Year by offering free rides on all lines beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, until 5 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. Buses operate on a regular weekday schedule on New Year’s Eve, with Sunday schedules in effect on New Year’s Day.

“We want employees, customers, and their families to enjoy a safe, happy evening of celebration,” said AC Transit General Manager Michael A. Hursh.



(Copyright 2015, KRON 4, All rights reserved.)

Watch the below video to see a behind-the-scenes view of the celebration in San Francisco:

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