CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Weekend revelers who want to enjoy a nightcap in Boston will no longer have to run for the last train at 1 a.m.
Subway lines will run until 3 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings starting March 28, Gov. Deval Patrick announced Thursday.
Patrick said the one-year trial will apply to all four subway lines on the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority and 15 major bus routes. The push to keep trains running later has been a long-time effort from businesses in the hospitality industry and their workers to party-goers, he said.
"I am confident it will be wildly successful," Patrick said.
Trains will stop at all locations, but the last train out of the city will leave at 2:30 a.m., officials said.
This new service will not charge commuters more but will cost the city about $17 million with the help of sponsors such as Dunkin Donuts, the Red Sox and the Massachusetts Restaurant Association.
Many cities have catered to the weekend night-life by running trains late. Despite having more than 450 stations, the New York City subway system stays open round the clock, seven days a week. In Chicago, the major line that expands across the entire city and the line to the airport are always running.
Trains that run from New York City and Philadelphia into New Jersey also run 24/7 on weekends. In Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, trains run until 2 a.m. on weekends.
In 2001 to 2005 the city launched the Night Owl bus service, which due to low ridership and cost was unsuccessful. Unlike 10 years ago people can now check on their phones the time they will have to wait, which will draw in more commuters, said Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Richard Davey.
Mayor Marty Walsh also pushed this effort saying it will help 2nd and 3rd shift workers from having to spend half their salaries on transportation.
It's important Walsh said, "to get people home from work late at night, to get people into work, to allow people the opportunity to take safe transportation if out enjoying themselves."
Liliana Ospina, 50, who moved to Roslindale, Mass. from Colombia, has to pay $35 one-way by cab to get to work in the early morning at the Boston Convention Center.
"Now we can take more money home to our family," said Ospina, referring to her fellow workers in the hospitality business.
This service also aligns with Walsh's initiative to keep bars and clubs in the city open until 3:30 a.m., which he announced last week.
Walsh said there will be no added police presence, but officers will be paying more attention to stations at night.