MBTA Looks at Late-Night Service With Boston Startup Bridj

Under proposal with Bridj, fares would be up to the MBTA

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has tried late night service in the greater Boston area a number of times in recent years, and now officials are giving it another look.

Boston-based Bridj, a private start-up transit company, is trying to convince the MBTA that they have the solution.

Bridj has proposed a partnership with the MBTA to provide service between midnight and 5 a.m.

According to the Boston Business Journal, under Bridj's proposal, riders would enter their pick-up and drop-off locations in the Bridj app and pick-up and drop-off locations would be provided within a seven-minute walk.

"Users submit requests — they're matched with other users at computer generate pick up points that are within 7 to 8 minutes of where they are," said Brian Shortsleeve, from the MBTA.

The fares would be up to the MBTA. Bridj would be paid a set rate of 85 dollars an hour per vehicle.

"I come from Miami we have an all night bus and we don't have to worry we just get on the bus and you don't have to look at the clock," said one commuter.

Bridj isn't the only option. A group called Transit Matter is pushing for an all night service using MBTA buses which would run on fixed routes every 75 minutes.

"We do not believe that an unspecific and unsolicited proposal from Bridj should interfere with the ongoing and productive talks that we and the city are having with the staff," said Mark Ebuna, co-founder of Transit Matters.

The MBTA plans to survey riders in the next few weeks before they decide which direction to go in by the end of the year.

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