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

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports

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.

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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