Regina residents are being encouraged to safely “Ding in the New Year” with free transit service on New Year’s Eve.

Regina Transit and SGI have been offering the service for the past 30 years. Free buses run from December 31 at 7:00 p.m. to January 1 at 2:30 a.m.

"Last year we saw about 2,000 people enjoy New Year’s celebrations and be responsible by taking Regina Transit for free,” said Mayor Michael Fougere in a written release. “We understand people want to celebrate, but there is no excuse for getting behind the wheel after drinking when we have free comprehensive bus service available. Let’s do the right thing this year and Ding in the New Year so all of us arrive home safely.”

SGI is hoping to encourage more people to take action against drinking and driving by taking advantage of safer options like free bus services.

“Impaired driving is a leading contributing factor to fatal collisions in Saskatchewan," Andrew Cartmell, president and CEO of SGI, said in a written release. "Bring in the New Year with a bang, but not a crash. If your New Year’s Eve plans involve alcohol, take the bus for free, or plan another way of getting home safely."

Regina police are reminding the public that there are options to avoid impaired driving.

“We are glad to see our community continually encouraging smart choices for safe transportation this holiday season,” Acting Supt. Darcy Koch said. “Ding in the New Year provides one of those safe and easily accessible ways for people to avoid drinking and driving this New Year’s Eve and best of all, it’s free. Take the bus. It's a great option to ensure we all have a safe and happy New Year.”

Information on bus routes is available on and