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Advocates want Walsh to extend MBTA service


BOSTON ( -- Boston Mayor-elect Marty Walsh may have to fulfill one of his first promises soon as constituents rally behind extending late-night weekend hours on the "T."

According to the Boston Globe, legislators passed a transportation finance law in July requiring the MBTA to develop a plan for extending hours. Currently, the last trains roll around 12:30 a.m.

Transportation specialists are also weighing in, as they examine past failed attempts at extending hours. A 2009 MBTA report suggests extending Friday and Saturday night hours on buses could cost up to $2.1 million more a year in overtime and associate benefits.

During his campaign, Walsh said he would garner state funding and partnerships with private groups to fund the extended hours.