MBTA announces plans for more late-night bus service

The service will focus more on Boston's suburbs.

03/29/2014  BOSTON, MA    A girl rushes to catch the 57 bus at 2:25 a.m. at Kenmore Station (cq) 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)
–Aram Boghosian / The Boston Globe, File

BOSTON (AP) — The MBTA plans to revive late-night bus service this fall, but rather than focusing on getting partiers home, it will be aimed to getting people to and from work.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s fiscal control board on Monday approved the $1.2 million plan that will expand late-night hours on some routes between midnight and 5 a.m. and add buses to crowded routes.

More buses will head to the suburbs instead of Boston’s neighborhoods. The T also plans to better market little-known existing routes. The changes will add 282 bus trips per week.

The plan builds on increased early morning service that launched in April.

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Two prior attempts at late-night service failed due to low ridership and budget issues. Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack is confident this effort will succeed.

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