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Get Home Safe on New Year's Eve

Police will be out in full force on the holiday, and drinking and driving will cost far more than a cab ride home. Do the responsible thing and set up your transportation ahead of time.

Start the new year off right by not getting a DUI or into a wreck. These local cab companies offer their services 24/7 and are eager to get you home on New Year's Eve safe and sound. You driver will appreciate your business and your tip.

Plug these numbers into your phone before you go out. If the line is busy, try again, or go down the list, but don't risk driving home drunk.  

COMPANY: Hero Towing
PHONE: 815-254-0143
SERVICE AREA: Plainfield area
RATES: There's a $35 flat rate for the "last call special," which will get both you and your car home safely. 

COMPANY: Plainfield Taxi 
PHONE: 815-609-7533
SERVICE AREA: Plainfield, Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Naperville, Lisle
RATES: Meter starts at $2 and each mile is $2.40. Additional passengers are $1 each.

COMPANY: AAA Express Limo & Taxi
PHONE: 815-436-2500
SERVICE AREA: All Chicago suburbs
RATES: Local service rates are $2.30 per mile, with a minimum charge of $7.   

COMPANY: Naperville DuPage Taxi
PHONE: 630-961-3232
SERVICE AREA: The area surrounding Aurora, Batavia, Bolingbrook, Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn, Lisle, Naperville, Oswego, Plainfield, Warrenville, Winfield, Wheaton and Woodridge
RATES: Local service rates are metered and have a $7 minimum charge. There is a $1 charge for each additional passenger.   

COMPANY: AAA Naperville Express Taxi     
PHONE: 630-355-9511
SERVICE AREA: Naperville and surrounding suburbs
RATES: Call for quote

COMPANY: White Eagle Express
PHONE: 630-355-0005
SERVICE AREA: Naperville and surrounding suburbs
RATES: Call for quote

COMPANY: Naperville Taxi
PHONE: 630-355-5959
SERVICE AREA: Naperville and surrounding suburbs
RATES: Local service uses a metered rate. All rides have a $5 minimum charge, regardless of distance. The meter starts at $2 for a flag pull, and there is a $1 charge per trip for each additional passenger. Beyond that, the cabs charge $2.40 per mile rate the first mile and 60 cents per minute of waiting time.

COMPANY: Bolingbrook Taxi
PHONE: 630-771-1010
SERVICE AREA: Joliet, Plainfield, Romeoville, Woodridge and all the neighboring villages around Bolingbrook.
RATES: Call for quote

Free CTA Rides New Year's Eve

If you're going to be in the city, the CTA is offering penny rides on CTA trains and buses beginning 10 p.m. New Year's Eve to 4 a.m. New Year's Day.

This year, the CTA is waiving the penny altogether. Miller Lite is picking up the tab for the 26-year-old penny ride program, which means riders can ride free on New Year's Eve.

The program is aimed at combating drunk driving but also preventing pedestrian accidents. New Year’s Day in Chicago was found as the deadliest day of the year for walkers, the Chicago Tribune reported.

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