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What revelers need to know before heading to the Strip for #VegasNYE

There are thousands of people expected to ring in the new year in Las Vegas, so it's important to prepare before heading down to the Strip.

For those trying to get to the numerous venues on the Strip to see the fireworks up close and personal, plan to arrive in your desired spot early because starting at 5 p.m. I-15 off-ramps will be closed at Spring Mountain, Flamingo, and Tropicana.

Drivers will however still be able to get on and off at Sahara and Russell, but access to the Strip from Sahara to Mandalay Bay Road is a no-go.

Since the Strip will be shut down to all vehicles, the Las Vegas Monorail will stay open for 43 hours straight to help party-goers get around. The fair for locals is $1 per ride, while tourists will have to pay $5 for a single ride. They can also get a pass for up-to-three days for just $13.

Ride RTC is stepping up to help by offering free rides on all 39 of their fixed routes. It starts at 6 p.m. on New Year's Eve and ends at 9 a.m. on New Year's Day.

The "free ride offer" also works for express services between "park-and-ride facilities" and downtown Las Vegas.

Ride-shares will be in full effect during the festivities, and Lyft will give new and existing users $5 off two rides.

Just enter the code LASNYE10 into your app, but you have to do it while spots are available.

Uber is also available to revelers, but expect to pay those surge prices.

Anyone who drives to their party destination, but needs a ride home, call AAA. The company can get you and your vehicle home safely with its Tips Tow program, and you don't even have to be a member.

The Tipsy Tow program will tow your vehicle home or back to your hotel up to ten miles for free. Just call 1-800 -AAA-HELP for more information.

Those who don't want to leave the house Monday night, feel free to hang out KLAS-TV for 8 News Now's Countdown to 2019 special. It starts at 8 p.m. We'll have fireworks shows from around the country, along with live performances in Las Vegas.

Our coverage will run through 12:30 a.m. after the fireworks on the Strip.

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