Late night T pilot program starts Friday - 7News Boston WHDH-TV

Late night T pilot program starts Friday

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BOSTON (WHDH) - A new MBTA program  that will increase the hours of public transportation on weekends started Friday night.

“I've been waiting for this. I never thought I’d see the day honestly in Boston,” Michelle Matsuba said.

All subway lines will run until 2:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights, and 15 bus routes will run until 3:00 a.m.

Trains and buses will come every 15 to 20 minutes.

“I love it. I think its great. There are lots of college students in the area, young people who like to go out, and you have to take a taxi and it can be an expensive ride back $30 or $40,” Brian Webb said.

The one-year pilot program is a way for Boston to compete on the level with other major cities, according to officials.

“We’ve heard our customers’ message loud and clear – they want more service, not less,” MassDOT Secretary Richard Davey said.

The program was paid in part by corporate sponsors such as the Boston Globe, Dunkin Donuts and the Boston Red Sox.

The Future Boston Alliance, an organization that works to "support the progressive and cultural growth of the city in the 21st century," is launching a grassroots crowd-funding effort to also support service. You can contribute to the campaign by clicking here.

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