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Transit: It's Not Just for Weekdays Anymore

Boston and MARC extending hours of service

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 - 02:02 PM

Boston's T (J Wardell/flickr)

Starting next year, Boston's transit system will run until last call -- at least on weekends.

The MBTA will stay open until 2:30 am on Friday and Saturday. It's part of a one-year pilot program that will start sometime in the spring of 2014.

Currently, the system shuts down at 1am.

And beginning this weekend, Maryland's commuter rail will run between Baltimore and D.C. on weekends

It's a nod to both an increase in transit ridership -- and a shift in ridership patterns. Nationally, transit ridership is up (New York City recently broke a one-day subway record). Earlier this year, the American Public Transportation Association said the economic recovery -- bringing with it additional jobs -- was partially the reason. And many new jobs aren't the traditional nine-to-five flavor. The Boston Globe says "techies in the growing innovation economy have complained about how Boston shuts down too early."

 

 

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Comments [1]

Harvey Wachtel from Kew Gardens, NY

Tell that to our MTA, which recently eliminated weekend service on one of the branches of the LIRR (and overnight service to the newly revitalized downtown Brooklyn area) and on quite a few bus routes (although some of the latter have since been restored).

Dec. 04 2013 01:11 PM

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