Subway, Bus Service May Extend To 2 AM on Weekend

YOUR TURN: Would you use later subway service? Hate it? State transportation officials are considering plans that would extend most weekend MBTA subway services to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday

It's a complaint we've all heard about the local nightlife: the country's oldest subway system doesn't run much later than 12:30 a.m., even on the weekend.

But WCVB-TV reports that could all change for riders this year, thanks to a pilot program proposed by state transportation officials that would keep the T open until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights. 

"If additional operating funds are identified, major bus routes and the most heavily traveled portions of the subway and light rail systems will be considered as part of a pilot program," MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said in a statement.

The changes would require legislative approval and a likely tax or fee increase, according to the report.

You can read details about other proposals - including rail service from Boston to Springfield - at the MBTA website. 

Readers, what do you think? Is this a waste of money or a necessary modernization? Would you use the T after 1 a.m.? 

Hash out your concerns with your neighbors in the comments below.  

Nate Silva January 24, 2013 at 03:18 PM
I can say that I would definitely use such service. Personally, it would be a God-send. I can sympathize however, that costs could be higher than the MBTA would like to operate any late-night service. Fact of the matter is, the number of people in Boston (and communities within close vicinity) drops severely after 5pm on weekdays. The number of people who would use such a service just don't add up to make any significant revenue from fares, so any service is guaranteed to operate at a loss. With the MBTA up to its neck in deficit and debt, I have to say that I think it would be fair for them to conclude it's not a good idea, fiscally. As someone who would LOVE the service to be offered, however, I would suggest that maybe a premium fare be charged for service after a certain hour. It would help recover at least SOME of the expense of late-night service, and it would still be far less costly to riders than mandatory cab rides.


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