MBTA in talks with Bridj to provide late-night service

Posted on October 31, 2016


BOSTON — The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) today will hear a proposal from Boston-based Bridj to provide on-demand late-night buses to move people around the city after the agency's rail and traditional bus lines shut down, reported the Boston Herald.

Under Bridj's proposal, riders would enter their pick-up and drop-off locations in the Bridj app and Bridj would provide pick-up and drop-off locations within a seven-minute walk, mirroring how Bridj works during its usual operating hours, the report said.

MBTA Acting GM Brian Shortsleeve said the Bridj proposal contemplates the agency paying Bridj $85 per vehicle per hour to run late-night service, which is about 35 percent less than the $132-per-vehicle per-hour cost of putting a standard MBTA bus on the road and just higher than the $83-per-vehicle per-hour cost of the agency's contracted bus services in the area, he said.

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