Late-night weekend T service could meet its end Monday, when the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s governing board gathers for an afternoon meeting.
The T’s Fiscal and Management Control Board is scheduled to discuss the service and possibly vote on its continuation, according to an agenda for Monday’s meeting. Late-night service keeps trains running past the usual 12:30 a.m. shutdown until 2 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
The T extended weekend hours under its prior leadership in 2014, originally with a 2:30 a.m. closing time. Its hours were cut back and some bus routes were eliminated last spring to reduce costs for the cash-strapped MBTA.
Board members have said late-night service is overly expensive to operate, costing about $14 for each ride and $14 million per year.
They have also said the late-night hours make it more difficult to complete maintenance work and argued that, when the service was launched, the private sector was expected to pitch in far more than it has.
But late-night riders—of whom, the T says, there are about 13,000 per weekend night—contend that the service is the cheapest way home after late nights socializing (the most common use, according to past surveys) or working (the second most common).
The board also plans on Monday to discuss possible fare hikes to come this summer. The T is weighing two fare increase proposals and is expected to vote on a potential hike next Monday, March 7.