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Federal complaint filed over axed MBTA late-night service

July 27, 2016

BOSTON (AP) — Advocacy groups are alleging in a federal complaint that the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority violated civil rights guidelines in its cancellation of a late-night bus and subway service.

The complaint filed Tuesday by the vice president at the Conservation Law Foundation claims MBTA didn’t properly measure the impact on low-income and minority riders before ending its service in March.

The T’s fiscal control board voted in February to end late-night service, saying it wasn’t “cost-effective.”

The foundation and two other advocacy groups claim a required analysis that shows whether minority and low-income riders would be disproportionately affected was flawed because it included all of Boston’s population.

MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo says the Federal Transit Administration informed the MBTA that the analysis is “properly documented and has met their requirements.”

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