BOSTON (AP) — Late night service is returning to the MBTA.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports

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The governor announced Tuesday that the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will run all subway trains and the 15 most popular bus routes until 3 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The one-year pilot program will begin next spring. If successful, it will be extended.

Gov. Deval Patrick says the service will be financed with $20 million in state money as well as corporate sponsorships, starting with $500,000 from The Boston Globe.

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The T currently ends service at 1 a.m., much to the chagrin of people who point out that bars and restaurants close at 2 a.m.

Workers in the state’s tech industry also say they tend to work unconventional hours.

A previous effort to provide late night bus service failed due to low ridership.

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