The MBTA wanted to know what its riders thought about starting late-night service and whether they would wait longer and shell out more cash for a postmidnight lift. They figured that maybe 500 would answer an online survey. Instead, nearly 26,000 did, almost all in favor of extended subway and bus hours.
Desire, however, does not always translate into results, especially for the perennially cash-starved transit agency. But the survey’s creators hope the flood of responses will provide a road map for night-owl service if legislators choose to pay for it.