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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.
Pope Francis may visit United States next year
BOSTON —Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is inviting Pope Francis to Boston during the pope’s first trip to the United States, tentatively planned for 2015.
Walsh has asked Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley to hand-deliver a letter this week while he is in Rome, the Boston Globe reported.
“I think people in Boston would be very excited about the pope coming,” Walsh said in an interview with the Globe. “I think it would also be good for the city.”
O’Malley has previously expressed doubt about the likelihood of a papal visit to Boston.
“The city of Boston has always been known as a city of profound faith: faith that its diversity makes it strong; faith in doing the right and appropriate thing for its poor; and faith in the power of truth and justice,” the mayor wrote in his letter to the pope.
Pope John Paul II visited Boston in 1979.