Beginning March 11, Ben Franklin Transit (BFT) is extending fixed route bus and Dial-A-Ride service hours to 10 p.m. Monday thru Saturday. The later hours will also apply to Finley and Tri-Cities General Demand services, with last pickup times for both extending to 9:30 p.m.
When the service rolls out, riders will be able to take advantage of the most-used BFT bus routes and all Dial-A-Ride services until 10 p.m.—two hours later than normal weekday hours, and three hours later on Saturdays. All BFT services currently end at 8 p.m. weekdays and 7 p.m. on Saturdays.
The change will be especially helpful for riders including those who work later shifts at or near retail centers, college students with evening classes, or others who want or need to stay out later at night for various activities.
The extension of service hours will also be a relief to riders who have had to find alternate nighttime transportation after Ben Franklin Transit’s supplemental night taxi service contractor closed its doors in late October. It is the third of three measures approved by the BFT Board of Directors at a special meeting held Nov. 26, 2018 on an interim basis, to solve for resulting gaps in service while additional long-term solutions continue being explored.
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