Taxi app start-up Hailo said it has data showing just how bad the MBTA’s early closing time is: No other city the company works in has a cab request surge like Boston does between 1 and 2 a.m. on weekends.
It’s not exactly a new complaint, and Martine Powers covered the overwhelming interest in late-night service after an MBTA survey’s results were released last week: One eager respondent said the move “would literally be the best thing ever.”
Perhaps not the best thing ever, but it would certainly help cut down on pricey cab rides for a number of locals caught choosing between a shortened nightlife and North America’s most expensive taxi system.
Tim Treacy of Hailo Boston outlined some of the start-up’s findings.
“Drawing on data from its app users around the globe, we compared this city to London, Dublin, Toronto and Chicago, and found that Boston cab patterns stood out for a spike in rides between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. on weekends, when bars and other entertainment venues close,” Treacy wrote. “We call this time period the ‘transit gap.’ No other city showed such a surge in cab traffic at any time during the week, confirming the need for service after the T closes. The MBTA shuts down earlier than any of the above cities’ public transit systems.”