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Subway, Bus Service May Extend To 2 AM on Weekend

YOUR TURN: Would you use later subway service? Hate it? State transportation officials are considering plans that would extend most weekend MBTA subway services to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday

It's a complaint we've all heard about the local nightlife: the country's oldest subway system doesn't run much later than 12:30 a.m., even on the weekend.

But WCVB-TV reports that could all change for riders this year, thanks to a pilot program proposed by state transportation officials that would keep the T open until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights.

"If additional operating funds are identified, major bus routes and the most heavily traveled portions of the subway and light rail systems will be considered as part of a pilot program," MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said in a statement.

The changes would require legislative approval and a likely tax or fee increase, according to the report.

You can read details about other proposals - including rail service from Boston to Springfield - at the MBTA website. 

Readers, what do you think? Is this a waste of money or a necessary modernization? Would you use the T after 1 a.m.? 

Hash out your concerns with your neighbors in the comments below.  

Chris Caesar January 23, 2013 at 09:19 PM
D:
david mokal January 24, 2013 at 01:33 AM
It was very hard..But I did it. Hurts for a bit but Ill get over it :>)
david mokal January 24, 2013 at 01:39 AM
Nothin worse than being on the Meat Train at rush hour and someone violently upchucks,then there is no escape and the next thing ya know 4 or 5 or more gets sick too. Or maybe you set down in the seat and you find out your sitting in a lake.
david mokal January 24, 2013 at 01:43 AM
I enjoy watching the drunks Crab Walking while the Meat Train is moving. Can be the funniest thing.
Diana January 24, 2013 at 04:28 AM
Um... yeah. I'm all about the drinkin', dancin' and gallivantin'. I not only take the T after midnight, I occasionally walk home from Malden Station afterward if there are no cabs at the stand. Never. Shot at. Once. Oh yeah, I'm all kindsa badass. ;)

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