By Doug Ruffin
Extended T Hours:
An interview with the President of the Greater
Concierge Association Boston
This is a continuing series of reports from Music Beat by the
Music Coalition regarding the possible extended hours on weekends by the MBTA. (Greater Boston ’s transit system) Boston
If you take the MBTA’s silver line to the, “Courthouse” station, you will find one of my favorite areas in
. It’s by the docks where the Dinner Cruises leave to sail Boston , the world trade center and Among other things, The Boston Seaport Hotel is one of the great landmarks for hospitality, dining and music. Boston Harbor
Betty Salemme is the Chef Concierge at the Seaport Hotel and is the President of the Greater Boston Concierge Association. She sat down with me for an interview to answer questions regarding the extended T hours and if extended T hours would help or hinder greater
’s hospitality, tourism, club venues and restaurants. We were also joined by Ann Heimlicher. She is also in the Concierge business and is president of Boston Spot-lite, Inc. Boston
Music Beat: As you know, State Rep, Sean Garballey is proposing to extend the hours of the MBTA on Friday and Saturdays until 2:00 AM. Since the T begins closing at 12:30, as a concierge, How is
’s social life viewed by tourists? Boston
has a lot of great choices like, “The Beehive” Many clubs, upscale restaurants and bars. Boston
Music Beat: Is greater
up to par with other major tourist destinations? Boston
Betty Salemme: Yes, but the one complaint I hear a lot is the fact that
rolls of the side walks too early. Boston
Ann Heimlicher: I agree. It could be due to the early closing of the T on weekends
Music Beat: Where in
do you find adult couples spending most of their social capital? Boston
Betty Salemme: “Top of the Hub” Restaurant, Music and Bar.
Music Beat: Let’s say the Bill passes and the T is opened until 2:00 AM. Would it cost more for restaurants to stay opened after midnight on weekends? Or, would the later T hours bring customers to restaurants after midnight?
Betty Salemme: Restaurants would be compensated by consumers who are able to stay later after theatre, music or sporting events. If you’re tied by the early T hours you may not get to see the whole game if it runs late or stay for the entire music event. As for the restaurants and venues, the employees at these locations need to get home safely as well.
Ann Heimlicher: Remember, even if theatre, for example, ends on time for consumers to go out to eat after the show, you have to make your own last call to get the train on time. Revenue is lost by people not being able to stay for that second glass of wine. And it’s true, people forget that bar staff and restaurant employees need to get home safe too. Or, if they work where the venue closes early, they too can go out after work without worrying about the early closing of the T.
Music Beat: The location of casinos has been in the news a lot lately. If casinos come to or, near
, how would existing non-casino hotels benefit? Boston
Betty Salemme: Yes, more revenue. Casinos give tourists other things to do in the area such as entertainment.
Music Beat: With casinos in mind, Would it make economic sense to have longer T hours?
Ann Heimlicker: Absolutely!
Betty Salemme: Casinos are likely to have late night shows and sporting events. Casinos will bring a greater late night need for public transportation.
Resources: Greater Boston Concierge Association: www.gbcaonline.com
The Beehive: www.beehiveboston.com
Top of the Hub: www.topofthehub.net
Post your comments. Should the T have later hours on weekends?