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MBTA Extends Late-Night Weekend Service Through June

The Red Line at the Charles/MGH stop. (Eric Kilby/Flickr)
The Red Line at the Charles/MGH stop. (Eric Kilby/Flickr)
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The MBTA is extending its late-night pilot program through June 19.

The one-year program was scheduled to end in March but is being extended to allow more time for public input before a decision is made on whether and how to keep the later weekend service hours in place, the Department of Transportation said Thursday.

“We owe the public all of the information we have and the chance to provide input on ways we could keep or modify late night service,” Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack said in a statement. “I am committed to using both hard data and public input as we establish spending priorities for the T.”

The program keeps service on all subway lines, the Silver Line and 15 popular bus routes running until about 2:30 a.m. on the weekends — 90 minutes longer than usual.

According to State House New Service, the late-night service costs the T a $7.68 per passenger subsidy, compared to $2.74 for regular bus rides and 84 cents for regular subway rides.

Public feedback on the service will be collected through March 11, with a final decision on the future of the extended hours expected in April when the T releases its budget proposal for the next fiscal year.

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