By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Dec 31, 2022 at 12:56 PM

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Miller Brewing Co. is offering free rides for New Year’s Eve revelers in Milwaukee – and beyond – for the 34th year.

On Dec. 31 this year in Milwaukee, Miller again will offer free rides from 8 p.m. through the end of service. Several popular routes, including the GreenLine, BlueLine, PurpleLine, GoldLine, and Routes 14, 18, 19 and 30, will have extended service until 4 a.m.

This year, Milwaukee County Transit System has added a list of the best routes for an NYE bar crawl, too!

Click here to see MCTS' best New Year's Eve bar crawl bus routes – including Bay View, Brady Street, Riverwest, Tosa, West Allis, Water Street and more – which you can ride free, thanks to Miller Lite.

Launched in Milwaukee in 1987, Miller Lite Free Rides has since been offered in cities like Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Phoenix and Louisville, too – nearly 30 communities across America.

This year, free rides were offered at 13 events in nine cities, including for St. Patrick's Day, the World Series, NFL games and the Kentucky Derby.

In its first 33 years, the Miller Lite Free Rides partnership with transit systems around the country has provided safe passage home to more than 8 million people. That includes nearly a million in the Milwaukee area alone.

"Our long-standing partnership with Miller Lite and their Free Rides program on New Year's Eve is incredibly popular among those who enjoy celebrating," said Kristina Hoffman, MCTS' director of marketing and communications.

"It's important to us that Milwaukeeans leave the driving to MCTS. Each year thousands of party goers ring in the New Year safely thanks to Miller Lite."

For schedule and route information, visit

“We’re thrilled to once again offer our Free Rides program on New Year’s Eve to help everyone ring in the new year safely,” said Tami Garrison, Molson Coors community affairs director.

“Each year we’re reminded of the meaningful impact that stems from our Free Rides program and it motivates us to continue expanding this program.”

For more information, visit

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.