Late-night T service set to begin March 28

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The T’s long-awaited late-night weekend service is slated to debut March 28, an effort by city and MBTA officials to make Boston more appealing to younger residents, innovation workers, and other people who stay out long past midnight

The one-year pilot program will provide weekend service until 3 a.m. on the subway system and the 15 most popular bus routes, T officials said.

The new late-night service also plays a key role in Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s endeavors to encourage a more vibrant night life in the city.

“It’s not just about the social vibrancy of the city, but it’s also about blue collar workers, and the T is the way they’d like to get home: the busboy, the bartender, the cook, the line chef,” Transportation Secretary Richard A. Davey said in an interview Wednesday.

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