Metro will be open later on New Year's Eve, helping people get home safely that night.

The hours will extend to 2 a.m. which is three hours later than usual Sunday hours.

Metro sent out a statement Thursday, saying:

"We are pleased to offer extended hours on Metrorail during New Year's Eve as a service to our customers who will be ringing in the New Year," said Metro General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld. "I also want to thank our employees who will be working to provide the public with a safe and responsible option to get around."

There will not be any scheduled maintained on New Year's Eve after 6 p.m. or on New Year's Day, WMATA said.

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Last train departures will vary station to station, but riders can check train times on WMATA's site, (

Metro will also be open 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on New Year's Day with free parking all day at all metro facilities. There will be off-peak fares all day.