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Boston Mayor-elect Walsh may spur late-night MBTA service, hours of operation

A cab waited at Faneuil Hall in Boston at 1:20 a.m., when   no T service was available.
A cab waited at Faneuil Hall in Boston at 1:20 a.m., when no T service was available. Aram Boghosian for The Globe

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It was one of State Representative Marty Walsh’s big campaign promises to constituents championing a 24-hour city: If elected, he said, he would push for late-night MBTA service, garnering a mix of state funding and partnerships with private organizations to make the extended hours a reality.

Now, as Walsh stands victor of the Boston mayoral race, constituents are beginning to rally to hold him to that promise.

It’s a watershed moment for what has sometimes seemed a pie-in-the-sky request from late-night service advocates: Last July, state legislators passed a transportation finance law that included requiring the T to come up with a plan to extend weekend nighttime hours.

And advocates are hoping a mayor wholly on board with the project could make the difference between failure and success.

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