Amazing news, Boston! The MBTA will try a late-night trial in the spring. The Globe reported the following about extending MBTA service times.
Starting next spring, the T will run all subway trains and the 15 most popular bus routes until 3 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Yes, the T is still cash-strapped, and the state budget remains tight, but Governor Deval Patrick has found about $20 million, along with pledges from corporate sponsors, to launch a one-year pilot program to begin in March or April.
College students and, more recently, techies in the growing innovation economy have complained about how Boston shuts down too early. T service ends at 1 a.m., and bars and restaurants close at 2 a.m. Those early hours also became an issue in the Boston mayoral race, as workers in the technology sector told the candidates the T’s schedule did not match their late-night work ethic.
It’s something Mayor-elect Martin J. Walsh promised to work on when he got into office. Well, he can cross it off his to-do list because the governor got to it first.
“Is this cool or what?” said Patrick in a phone interview