Bostinno – If lawmakers take the bait and decide to implement Governor Deval Patrick’s proposed transportation plan, pumping $1 billion into the state annually through higher taxes and fare hikes, bar crawlers could find themselves skipping the cab rides home, and using the MBTA until 2 a.m. on weekends. “The MBTA is investigating providing service beyond our current 1 a.m. schedule on a pilot basis where there is ridership demand,” according to a statement from MassDOT officials. “If additional operating funds are identified, major bus routes and the most heavily traveled portions of the subway and light rail systems will be considered for extra service.” The pilot program would be in response to the state-wide “Your Vision, Our Future” public meetings with riders, calling for extended hours, and could happen only with adequate funding through Patrick and MassDOT’s recent transportation reform proposal. Officials said on Tuesday that the cost of service will be determined once operating schedules and frequencies are identified.
Typical Beacon Hill talk right here. “The MBTA is investigating providing service beyond our current 1 a.m. schedule on a pilot basis where there is ridership demand.” Hey bro you ever tried getting a cab at 2 am in Faneuil Hall? Yeah, there’s fucking demand for public transportation on Friday and Saturday nights. Don’t need to investigate it. Just look out your window one night. Pretty obvious we need a few more rides home. Either keep the T running or let a couple hundred more cab permits go so I don’t have to almost get in a fight on Union St every weekend.
But transportation is secondary to the real concern. Can we get the bars open later already? Can I drink until 4 am like god intended? Pump some more money into the local establishments, get our bartenders pockets fatter, really bulk up Boston’s nightlife? Maybe get a few more restaurants besides South Street Diner open late so I don’t have to meet every other hungry person in Boston at the same place? Honestly what do we have to do? Start a petition or something? Go to these Your Vision, Our Future meetings? I’ll do it. My vision for the future is to get shellacked at the bars until the wee hours of the morning and hurriedly shuffle a girl home before the sun comes up. That’s how it’s supposed to be.
Seriously this is Barstool. Most popular website in the city. We’re the coveted 18-35 demographic. We run shit. How do we get the bars open later? What are the steps? They can’t ignore all of us. If we want to drop our rent money at the bars all night then god dammit that’s exactly what we’ll do. Help me out political science majors. Stoolies unite!