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MBTA to launch late night pilot program on March 28

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BOSTON (WHDH) - It was announced in a press conference on Thursday that the MBTA Late Night Pilot Program is set to begin on March 28.

Gov. Deval Patrick, Mayor Marty Walsh, MassDOT Secretary Richard Davey and MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott were all in attendance.

Subway trains and 15 key bus routes will run service 90 minutes longer on Friday and Saturday nights. The last trains will depart downtown stations at approximately 2:30 a.m.

"It's to get people home from work late at night, to get people into work, to allow people the opportunity to take safe transportation if they are out enjoying themselves. That is important, but it is also important for us to spread the word now because a program like this happened a few years ago, we didn't have the ridership we needed," said Mayor Walsh.

Mayor Walsh also suggests that people use public transportation to support MBTA services.

The MBTA has launched a sponsorship program to cover the costs of late night service, which will cost about $15 million. It has been partnering with businesses such as the Boston Globe and Dunkin Donuts.

The pilot program will run for one year.

This service also aligns with Walsh's initiative to keep bars and clubs in the city open until 3:30 a.m., which he announced last week.

Starting April 1, food trucks will stay open until midnight on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, an extra hour than usual. There will be ten trucks participating in this pilot program serving anything from BBQ, Chinese food, pizza and even cookies. Trucks will be located in Copley Square and near Boston University and Northeastern University.

Walsh said this late-night push will not require additional police presence, but officers will be paying more attention to stations at night.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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