Opinion: Running the subways 24 hours a day costs a lot. So what?

Photo: SEPTA

Photo: SEPTA

By Randy LoBasso (Philly Weekly)

It came as little shock to anyone when SEPTA ruled its 24-hour weekend subway service a success last week. The all-night trains, which started in June as a pilot program, have made getting home after the bar a whole lot easier, and both urbanists and media can’t seem to say enough good things about it.

In its announcement, SEPTA noted the Market-Frankford and Broad Street Lines had seen an overall usage increase of 50 percent on weekends since extending service hours—and that they were extending the pilot program’s end date from the originally-planned Labor Day to Nov. 2. “SEPTA hopes to see additional ridership and fare revenue increases to help offset the operating costs associated with the program,” according to the Aug. 5 release.

Full story (plus cost breakdown) here.

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