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MBTA Board Votes To End Late-Night Weekend Hours By March 18

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will end late-night weekend hours next month.

The Boston Globe reports MBTA board members voted 4-0 on Monday to ax the service no later than March 18.

Board members say they cannot continue subsidizing the pilot program as they try to cut overall costs at the MBTA.

The service cost the MBTA about $14 million during the 2015 fiscal year.

Charles Planck, the T's assistant general manager of operations strategy and support, says ridership has declined. Customers took about 16,000 rides on late-night service when it first started, compared to 13,000 by December 2015.

A few members of the public testified Monday against cutting the service.

Malden resident David Senatillaka says the service cuts down on drunken driving.

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