New program keeps subways, some buses running until 3 a.m.
BOSTON — State leaders announced Thursday late-night MBTA service for some of its most popular routes.
The new pilot program will keep subways running until 3 a.m. along the 15 most popular bus routes on Saturdays and Sundays. Corporate sponsors, including the Red Sox, will underwrite part of the estimated $21 million cost. Fares will remain the same during the test period.
“Hospital workers and cleaning service workers and others have asked for it, and because they asked for it, late night service on the T starts in March 28,” Gov. Deval Patrick said.
The announcement was met with cheers, but it’s a one-year pilot program that needs much more than cheers to succeed.
“We need to help the MBTA by encouraging people to take public transportation,” Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said.
The MBTA is training most of the 133 new recruits that will be needed to operate the subways, trolleys and buses.
The extended T-service will not only benefit people working late, but may pave the way for clubs and bars to stay open later — a possibility floated last week by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.
The pilot program will begin the last weekend in March.