At long last, an issue near and dear to the hearts of many Boston students is back up for debate. While all in Beantown dearly love the T, plenty of university students find fault with the schedule that ends too early at night. The T service hours were extended by 90 minutes in 2014 to end around 2 am, and since that’s practically peak activity hours for college students, many college students thought the extended hours would not only be *way* more convenient, but also a lot safer!
This extension, called the Late-Night Pilot Program, is now under review and may be revoked after the MBTA undergoes some changes. In addition, Boston has been buzzing about potential fare hikes to come in the near future, which could affect lots of lower-income commuters and cash strapped students alike.
The MBTA knows you love your late-night T rides, so they’re opening up the discussion not only to area college students but to the community at large. Three public meetings will be held next week to discuss the current system and how it could be improved upon in the future. They are as follows:
- Tuesday, January 19th 10 am – 12 pm. State Transportation Building, Transportation Library 2nd Floor. 10 Park Plaza, Boston.
- Tuesday, January 19th 5 – 7 pm. 10 Park Plaza Boston, Conference Rooms 1-3
- Wednesday, January 201th 6 – 8 pm. Cambridge City Hall Council Chamber, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Can’t make it to the meetings, but still feel strongly about your 2 am ride back to the dorm? No problem, shoot MBTA an email with comments before February 12th to get your two cents in. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also see the presentation from the aforementioned meetings on the MBTA website (mbta.com).