BOSTON (CBS/AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick has announced details about the MBTA’s proposed late night weekend service.
Patrick joined MBTA and transportation officials Thursday in Kendall Square for the announcement.
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The MBTA said in December that it would begin running all subway trains and its 15 most popular bus routes until 3 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays starting this spring.
On Thursday, officials said service would begin the night of March 28.
“Late night T service is the result of listening to our citizens and trying to respond to their needs,” said Patrick. “World class cities offer late night public transit, to support the workforce and a vibrant nightlife, and Boston is a world class city.”
Late night service will operate as it does during the day, serving customers at the same stations and stops. New trips will be scheduled and will appear on Google, phone apps and the MBTA website.
The last Red, Orange, Blue and Green Line trains will depart downtown stations at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights and approximately 1 a.m. on Sunday through Thursday nights.
Extended late night service will operate approximately every 15-20 minutes in most cases, with more frequent service in the core of the system. Regular rapid transit and bus fares will be charged on late night services.
MBTA officials said the service would be financed with $20 million in state money as well as corporate sponsorships.
The T now ends service at 1 a.m.
College students and an increasing number of workers in the city’s high-tech industries, who say they tend to tend to work unconventional hours, welcomed the announcement.
The T tried a night owl bus service in 2001, but ridership didn’t support its cost. It ended in 2005.
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