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MBTA to launch late-night 'T' service on weekends

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BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- The MBTA reportedly has plans to extend late-night "T" and bus service as part of a one-year pilot program.

Governor Deval Patrick announced Tuesday that the T and the 15 most popular bus routes will operate until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Fares will cost the same as any other time.

Governor Deval Patrick announced today that the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) will launch late-night bus, subway and light rail service beginning next spring.

"A vibrant economy demands a public transit system that caters to the residents, students and tourists it serves," said Governor Patrick in a statement.

This pilot program is expected to begin in March or April of 2014. The exact date of service will be announced in early 2014, according to Patrick.The state will foot the $20 million bill, but is looking for pledges from corporate sponsors as well.

The first corporate sponsor the governor announced was the Boston Globe, which will contribute "$500,000 in cash and in-kind contributions." Other businesses will be named in the next few weeks, the governor said.

Young adults who have put down roots in the city have long complained that T service ends at 1 a.m., while bars and restaurants close at 2 a.m.

If the pilot program is successful, late-night service could become permanent with an increased fare.

According to the Boston Globe, the T's last attempt at extended service was not a hit. Launched in 2001, the 'Night Owl' offered bus service until 2:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Ridership didn't support the cost and it was canceled in 2005.

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