By Liz Taurasi
Beginning this spring, the MBTA will extend its weekend service past 1 a.m. as part of a one-year pilot program, according to an announcement from Gov. Deval Patrick's office. Beginning in March or April, all subway lines and the 15 most popular bus routes will run service until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
In an interview with the Boston Globe, Patrick said he had secured $20 million in funding and pledges from corporate sponsors to launch the service in 2014.
MBTA service currently ends at 1 a.m., which doesn’t jive with bars and restaurants closing at 2 a.m. in the city, nor with the schedules of late-night workers throughout Boston. Here in Somerville, some restaurants and bars close to the Davis Square Red Line stop, including Joshua Tree and P.J. Ryan's, close at 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
The Globe says the new late service will also include the Silver Line.
The announcement comes after the MBTA said it saw record ridership numbers in October.
According to WBUR, the 36.3 million passenger trips in October set a record high. On average in October, there were 1.32 million weekday passenger trips per day, the highest weekday ridership since 1964.