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Transit rides will be free for 12 hours starting at 7 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2013. (Deborah Baic/The Globe and Mail)
Transit rides will be free for 12 hours starting at 7 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2013. (Deborah Baic/The Globe and Mail)

New Year’s revellers to get free transit ride in Toronto Add to ...

New Year’s revellers in Toronto will enjoy free transit for much of the night the next three years, thanks to a sponsorship deal struck by the Toronto Transit Commission.

Under the terms of the deal, late-night service will be extended on a number of routes and all travel on the TTC will be free for a 12-hour period, starting at 7 p.m. on the last day of December.

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Money for this will come from Corby Spirit and Wine Ltd., a marketer and distributor. In a statement, company president Patrick O’Driscoll said the partnership was intended to further promote the message that drinking and driving is unacceptable.

A TTC spokesman said Corby will provide about $150,000 annually over each of the next three years.

TTC chair Karen Stintz thanked the company “for their contribution and for helping the TTC keep Toronto safe.”

She urged the public to “please welcome the New Year with the TTC.”

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