Officials urge First Night revelers to use public transit when coming into Boston New Year’s Eve

City officials are urging people to use public transportation to attend Monday’s First Night Boston events.

Beverly Scott, the MBTA’s new general manager, noted that parking in the city will be limited during the 12-hour event on New Year’s Eve.

Subway trains will run more frequently throughout the day, and service will be free after 8 p.m. Most transit service will be extended until at least 2 a.m. so revelers can get home, Scott said.


“If we see you, we are not going to leave you,” she said in a news conference at the Prudential Center in Boston. She said that it’s also important to check individual commuter rail lines for when the last train departs.

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Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis also encouraged public transit use. He said the evening’s Grand Procession parade will block off portions of Boylston, Charles, and Beacon streets.

Davis also suggested that eventgoers designate a meeting place and exchange phone numbers in case people get separated. He said Boston police would have an increased presence and public drinking would not be tolerated.

“Safety is a top priority,” Davis said, adding that parents should not send their children into the city alone for the event.

“We want to encourage everyone to please use the T,’’ the commissioner said.


Three first aid stations, located at Hynes Convention Center, the Boston Common, and on the waterfront, will also double as lost child stations, said Boston EMS Chief James Houley. Paramedics will be located throughout the city and along the parade route.

Since it’s inception in 1976, First Night Boston has spawned more than 70 First Nights across the country, said Geri Guardino, executive director of First Night Boston at the conference. She said that over 1,000 artists will show off their various talents, — from art to music to dance — in 200 exhibitions and performances.

All First Night outdoor events are free. To get into indoor events, people must buy a First Night button for $18. The buttons are sold at many Boston-area supermarkets and convenience stores. All children under 4 are free.

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