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Zero Arrests and Plenty of Praise Following the MBTA’s First Weekend of Late Night Service
This past weekend marked the beginning of the MBTA’s trial period of late night T and bus service. Bostonians were warned that if they didn’t use the service they would lose the service. According to Twitter, plenty of Boston’s night owls used the service making opening weekend a success.
The premiere of late night MBTA service was a success for more than one reason. According to the MBTA Transit Police’s official Twitter page 0 arrests were made during the first weekend of late night service. Many were concerned that later hours would harbor poor behavior among train and bus riders, but the Transit Police happily dismissed those fears with their announcement of 0 arrests. The MBTA Transit Police also tweeted to stay tuned for an official ridership report, something many people are eager to see.
It is important to remember that the MBTA extended service is not just catering to those who are frequenting Boston’s bars and pubs. Late night service is giving Bostonians a safe and affordable way to get home from visiting a friend’s apartment, a late shift at one of Boston’s many restaurants, or a red eye flight or Amtrak.
Whether you were one of the many Bostonians catching a bus or train late this weekend or not, I recommend checking out BostInno.com’s collection of tweets from late night riders. It is exciting to see so much praise for the MBTA, let’s hope we continue traveling in this direction!
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