Management & Operations

Officials mull future of MBTA late night service

Posted on January 21, 2015

BOSTON — The future of Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's (MBTA) late night service may be in jeopardy as state transportation officials look for ways to deal with a massive mid-year state budget shortfall and plan for the next fiscal year's budget, according to the Dorchester Reporter.

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The $13 million, year-long pilot started in March 2014, extending service by 90 minutes on MBTA lines and fifteen bus routes on Friday and Saturday nights until at least 2:30 a.m. The pilot has drawn 850,000 riders since its inception, according to the MBTA.

While ridership levels have been deemed "very significant," according to MBTA GM Beverly Scott, adding that economically, the service has not provided the "golden spike," the report said.

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