Later Public Transit Service Could Help Restaurants and Bars

The Boston HeralT and bus at nightd reports that state transportation officials have indicated that later public transit service could be in the works if lawmakers find a way to help raise all of the money needed for    system maintenance and other service improvements.  The Herald reports that an extra hour of service could be possible on Fridays and Saturdays.

After years of claiming it’d be nearly impossible to create late-night hours for the T, state transportation officials now say if they get the $1 billion in new funding Gov. Deval Patrick is seeking, they’ll be able to keep both subways and buses open an extra hour on Fridays and Saturdays after all.

This is not the first time that transportation officials have said they could provide later service if the system were fully funded.  In a documentary about what happens overnight at the T, the head of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Richard Davey hinted that late night service could be possible if all of the needed maintenance of the current system could be brought up to date with the proper funding.

The move for later T service has found an ally in the Restaurant Business Alliance, headed by Dave Andelman of the Phantom Gourmet.  While an hour extra of service might be good for patrons of the restaurants if they were to leave just before last call, it’s unclear how such later service would really help the restaurant and bar workers, many of whom stay after closing time to clean up and do other important business tasks

How would later public transit affect the operation of your business?

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