MBTA’s Late-Night Service Passes 400,000 Rides

The MBTA "T" symbol at Park Street Station during the first night of the MBTA's late night service extension from 1:00 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. –(Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

Since the MBTA began offering late-night train and bus service in March, ridership has already exceeded 400,000 trips, The Boston Globe reports.

The program, which currently keeps subways, some bus routes, and The Ride open until about 3 a.m., is currently in a year-long test phase. But according to the report, the current ridership figures should be “an encouraging sign’’ for those hoping the extended hours will become permanent.

During the debut weekend in March, more than 18,000 trips were taken. Some wondered if popularity would wane as the novelty of late-night transit wore off.

But Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority spokeswoman Kelly Smith said Tuesday that ridership over the summer has remained relatively consistent, with 15,000 to 17,000 trips taken each weekend. This past weekend, ridership totaled at least 16,126 — though T staff have not yet calculated ridership for buses and for passengers boarding the Green Line above ground.

You can read the full Boston Globe report here.


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