State, Boston, and MBTA officials announced a new one-year pilot program that will extend late-night MBTA service beginning March 28.
The program will run all subway lines, the Silver Line and 15 of the MBTA's bus routes until 3 a.m. on weekends, according to WBUR, who reported:
According to the state, the 15 late-night bus routes will be: 1, 15, 22, 23, 28, 32, 39, 57, 66, 71, 73, 77, 111, 116 and 117.
During the press conference, T General Manager Beverly Scott provided additional details about the program, WBUR reported:
Trains will run largely on a weekend schedule, Scott said, with trains arriving every 10 to 15 minutes. She said the T will run a more aggressive schedule for the pilot program this year.
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh also spoke about the program this morning, according to a tweet by WBZ Radio's Ben Parker:
And this tweet from MassLive contributor Garret Quinn:
Governor Patrick praised the program, WBZ-TV's Sera Congi tweeted:
Gov Patrick believes late night weekend T service will be "wildly successful". #wbz— Sera Congi (@seracongi) March 13, 2014
The changes are geared toward younger riders and those working off-hours, the Associated Press reported:
College students and an increasing number of workers in the city’s high-tech industries, who say they tend to work unconventional hours, welcomed the announcement.
Residents have already taken to social media to provide feedback, including:
The MBTA previously ran a late-night bus service from 2001 until 2005.