Late-night MBTA service starts tonight

02/07/2014 BOSTON, MA Passengers walk through the turnstiles below a train arrival clock at the Massachusetts Avenue Orange Line MBTA station in Boston. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)
Passengers walked through the turnstiles below a train arrival clock at the Massachusetts Avenue Orange Line MBTA station in Boston.
Aram Boghosian for The Boston GlobeThe Boston Globe

Late night MBTA service is finally here. The T is extending service hours on the weekends, starting tonight.

Currently the T ends service at 1 a.m. With the new late-night service, the T will run its most popular bus routes and all subway trains until 3 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, according to the MBTA.

Late-night service will be available on every line including Mattapan, and Silver Line (except the SL2). The bus routes that will operate late-night hours are: 1, 15, 22, 23, 28, 32, 39, 57, 66, 71, 73, 77, 111, and 116/117. The RIDE service will also operate until 3 a.m. to areas within 3/4 miles of all late-night services.

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MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott and MBTA Chief Operating Officer Sean McCarthy will be at the Park Street Green and Red Line station early Saturday morning (between 1 a.m.—2 a.m.) to help kick off the late-night service.

The night owl service is expected to cost the T $16 to $17 million , with corporations providing about $1.5 million to subsidize the service. The T tried late-night service in 2001, but ended it in 2005 after ridership didn’t support the cost, the Associated Press reported. To that end Mayor Martin J. Walsh has urged residents to take advantage of the new service.

So, are you looking forward to the late-night T service? Will you use it often? Discuss in the comments below.