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Late Night MBTA: Coming Soon?

It’s 11:55 p.m. on a Friday night. The last Green Line train to Fenway leaves at 11:59 p.m. You sprint towards the station in an attempt to board the last train. Just as you pay your fare, the train pulls away. Looks like you’ll be taking a taxi home.

Sound familiar?

Nightmare scenarios like this may be a thing of the past if Gov. Deval Patrick has his way. In January, Patrick proposed a plan to keep the T running until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, a time when many bars shut down.

Reaction to Patrick’s plan has varied, mostly due to the cost. To cover the plan, Patrick proposed a tax increase that would average $1 billion more in taxes and fees for Massachusetts residents, according to The Boston Globe.

Although taxpayers would feel the hit, Emmanuel students would likely benefit – particularly those students who find themselves stranded in Allston or Brighton in the wee hours of a Friday or Saturday night.

Emmanuel student Allie Lea has found herself in this position more than once.

“Most weekends I go out, I make sure to set an alarm on my phone for 11:40 p.m. so I have enough time to get to the train station before the last train leaves,” Lea said. As a freshman and even a sophomore, I remember my friends and I being stranded because we missed the last D train to Fenway. I can’t even begin to tell you how much money I’ve spent on taxis. It’s only now that I’m getting the hang of things.”

Another Emmanuel student, Karissa DiMarzio, expressed her frustrations about the T in relation to visiting her boyfriend, who attends Boston University.

“Well, I know that my nights have been cut short (in the case of me making the train) or have resulted in me walking back to Emmanuel or BU (in the case of me missing the train), which is unsafe for young women such as myself,” she wrote in an email.

While late-night train service sounds like an appealing fix to these dilemmas, MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo is adamant that Boston residents shouldn’t expect a change any time soon.

“The MBTA has no plans at this time to introduce late night service,” he wrote in an email. “The MBTA is still trying to find enough money to operate the services that already exist.”

The Rider Oversight Committee, a group of public transportation advocates in Boston, has pushed for greater consideration of late-night service by circulating a survey among Boston residents last month. Of the 26,000 people who responded to the survey, 85 percent said they would be willing to pay double the fair as well as wait 10 to 19 minutes for late-night train service.

With no clear resolution anytime soon, plan your travels accordingly and run to the train station before the clock strikes 11:59 p.m.

Posted by on April 10, 2013. Filed under Around the Hub. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.