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Transportation issues garner high profile in mayoral race

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It’s the promise almost every mayoral candidate wants to make: bring late-night MBTA service to Boston.

Though they have bandied about ideas on how to help finance extended T hours — solicit money from universities, hospitals, and corporations or lobby state legislators for the extra cash — it’s a tall order for any candidate to deliver, considering that the T is a state-managed entity.

Even so, this and other transportation topics have become some of the biggest hot-button issues this election season, with candidates releasing extensive transportation finance plans coupled with gimmicks such as three days of car-free campaigning and T station meet-and-greets.

It is a trend that suggests that transportation may become a priority issue for whoever becomes the next mayor.

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