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|From the Reporter|
|The Metropolitan Transit System used to provide San Diego partygoers with a free, safe ride home from New Year’s Eve festivities on the bus or trolley, but they stopped two years ago citing decreased financial support from the state and an inability to secure a sponsorship.|
|The transit system first provided the service itself and then sought an outside sponsorship. When Sycuan stopped its $15,000 annual sponsorship two years ago, MTS has since halted the program.|
|The Big Picture|
|The state has reduced funding of public transportation, forcing the transit system to raise fares twice in a one-year time period and reduce service. Despite a decline in mass transit state funding, transit systems in Los Angeles and San Francisco continued to offer free rides this past New Year’s Eve.|