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As of March 18, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s two-year pilot run of the Late Night T Service ended.
“I am LIVID. They need to see the real age range this affects.” Says Joe Ouellet ’16. He adds that the board members who voted to end the service aren’t people that would normally use the service. “They’re Massachusetts voters–people from Worcester.”
Ouellet thinks things like this keep college students from desiring to stay in the city after graduation. “People come to the city for job opportunity, and things like this–like the park in Jamaica Plain–are pushing them away. Now they are talking about charging an admission fee at the Lawn on D!”
Megan Malaby ’17 and Sara Rodriguez ’17 both say they use the late night T on the weekends when leaving apartments of friends, and are sad about the service shutting down. Malaby says, “I’m confused, was there really not enough people using it?” She suggests, “They should compromise.” For weekends, rather than the typical service ending at 1 a.m., they could give it an extra hour to an hour and a half.
According to boston.com however, “Late-night service began in 2014 as a pilot program, extending the subway’s normal closing time of 12:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings. After a poor financial showing, the hours were shortened to 2 a.m. last summer and some bus routes were canceled.”
Ouellet admits he would understand if the MBTA came forward with clear financial issues with the service, but “They never released any budget reports.” WBUR reports that the MBTA was criticized for this and is now searching for alternatives to appease the public.
This decision to cancel the service came not long after the agency announced an increase in fares by 9.3% beginning July 1.
Lauren Jones ’17 tells the Hub, “It’s ridiculous because now every industry worker is looking for a ride home.”
For companies like Uber and Lyft, this could only increase their sales, but not everyone can afford that. Johanna Steinbauer ’17 says, “People have to pay more money to find a safer way home. I mean, I suppose the T isn’t always safe, but it’s safer than walking.”
Heather Alterisio ’17 is a Staff Writer for the Hub. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @HeathAlt.