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MBTA to End Late-Night Service

Last updated on May 16th, 2017 at 02:40 pm

If you’re among the Night Owls who have been taking advantage of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) late night service, you’ll want to make alternate travel plans to get home this weekend.

The MBTA, one of the largest public transit systems in the US, recently announced it will be ending its late night Friday and Saturday service. This decision was reached unanimously by its board members at the end of February.

What you need to know

According to the MBTA, the last late-night trains will depart downtown Boston stations at approximately 2 a.m. on Saturday, March 19, 2016. This applies to all all T lines, including Red, Orange, Green, Blue, and Silver Line 1, and some key bus routes.

Once the late-night service officially ends, the T will resume its normal 12:30 a.m. closing time.

Check out the MBTA’s website for more specifics.

Background

The MBTA’s late-night service started in 2014 as a pilot program and extended the T’s closing time from 12:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings. One of its original goals was to offer Boston accessible late-night public transportation that, as Boston’s Mayor Marty Walsh said, “[creates] the kind of safe and vibrant late-night culture that’s expected of a world class city.”

The 2014 pilot wasn’t Boston’s first foray into the late-night scene. From 2001 until 2005, the MBTA operated its night owl service, which gave Boston riders extended service hours. Night owl service ended after five years when the cost couldn’t justify the program.

What now?

While some organizations, like the Federal Transit Administration, are critical of the decision to end Boston’s public transportation late night-service, supporters and critics alike will need to plan their weekend night travel arrangements accordingly after Saturday morning, March 19.

Whether you decide to catch the last train home at 12:30 a.m., grab a taxi or a rideshare, or take advantage of our Get Home Safe® benefit if you are a Plymouth Rock customer, we want everyone to get home safely.

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