New Year's Eve driving alternatives

Posted at 9:24 PM, Dec 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-30 23:24:38-05

New Year's Eve is expected to pull large crowds of people to downtown Boise, many making plans to catch the Idaho Potato Drop at the Idaho Statehouse.

With street closures, high volumes of traffic and many planning to spend the evening drinking, it's best to make plans now for your ride home.

There a several companies in the Treasure Valley offering safe solutions as alternatives to drunk driving.

We Drive Ya is a new cell phone app that will get you and your car home safely at the end of the night.

The app works much like Uber, where the ride is paid for by pre-entered credit card information. They charge a flat 10 dollars for any ride 2.5 miles or less. The price increases to 20 dollars for a ride up to 10 miles, then increases 10 dollars per 10 mile increment.

The company sends out drivers in pairs. One will drive you and your passengers home in your own personal vehicle, the other follows closely behind to retrieve the driver once they arrive at your address.

Buddie's is another app in the Treasure Valley area, offering to pick up you and your vehicle. 

From 6:00 p.m. until after midnight, Uber will have a designated pick up and drop off location for riders near the statehouse on 6th Street.

Uber is offering a free ride to new users. Just download the app, and use the promo code: POTATODROP15. If you're an existing Uber user, expect increased fare rates especially between 12:30 and 2:00 a.m.

Using the Uber app, you can request a fare estimate before booking your ride, and can request a notification when fare rates return to normal pricing. It's also possible to split the fare among several riders in the car.