Bruce Mohl | Commonwealth Magazine
THE MBTA, which scrubbed its previous incarnation of late-night service in March 2016, is trying again, but this time using a cautious, incremental approach that will rely exclusively on buses and target employees working odd-hour shifts at the airport, hotels, restaurants, hospitals, and other businesses that work through the night.
The new service is the outgrowth of discussions that have been going on for nearly two years. The advocacy group TransitMatters pushed for overnight service initially, and was joined by the communities of Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Revere, and Chelsea. A key pitch of the advocates was that the service should target low-income residents who want affordable transportation to get to and from jobs at off hours.