FOR A city full of college students, Boston’s nightlife is famously dull. But now a start-up bus company founded by a team of recent Boston University graduates is taking aim at one of the biggest obstacles to a night on the town by offering a safe, cheap way for students to get back to campus.
Boston Nightlife Express shuttles BU students downtown and back for $5 per ride. The service allows clubgoers to stay out until bars close at 2 a.m., more than an hour after the last Green Line trolley clatters out of Park Street. For some cash-strapped students, it’s a better option than trying to hail an expensive - and, at that hour, scarce - taxi.
The T’s early closing - trains in New York and Chicago run all night - is unfortunate but understandable, considering its chronic shortfalls and the costs that running all-night service would involve. But it’s still frustrating, and helps contribute to Boston’s stodgy reputation.
Any effort to make Boston’s nightlife more vibrant and accessible, and to connect the city’s student population with downtown businesses, deserves praise. Hopefully, the initiative will spread to other colleges. The Hub may never become the city that never sleeps - but it doesn’t have to go to bed quite so early, either.