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It was one of State Representative Marty Walsh’s big campaign promises to constituents championing a 24-hour city: If elected, he said, he would push for late-night MBTA service, garnering a mix of state funding and partnerships with private organizations to make the extended hours a reality.
Now, as Walsh stands victor of the Boston mayoral race, constituents are beginning to rally to hold him to that promise.
It’s a watershed moment for what has sometimes seemed a pie-in-the-sky request from late-night service advocates: Last July, state legislators passed a transportation finance law that included requiring the T to come up with a plan to extend weekend nighttime hours.
And advocates are hoping a mayor wholly on board with the project could make the difference between failure and success.