Why 1 extra hour of service may not solve Nats' Metro issues

Hero Steps In to Keep Metro Open Late for Game 5

Hero Steps In to Keep Metro Open Late for Game 5

Despite the announcement that Metro will stay open an extra hour to accommodate Game 5 of the National League Division Series between the Nationals and Chicago Cubs at Nationals Park, a single hour of extended service still very well may not allow enough time for fans to watch the entire game and catch their ride home.

"Tonight, the District of Columbia will host a Nationals' NLDS championship game and an exciting opening of The Wharf", said Bowser.

Metro's current Monday through Thursday schedule means that the last train going north out of the Navy Yard Station with available transfers to the rest of the system leaves the station at 11:22 p.m. "We want to make sure they can enjoy these landmark events in D.C. and have options for getting home safely and efficiently, and we are pleased to partner with Mayor Bowser to make this happen". The last Green Line train to Branch Avenue will depart Navy Yard-Ballpark Station at 12:48 a.m.

"Our commitment to the D.C. community extends beyond powering our customers' homes and businesses", said Chris Crane, Exelon CEO. But the transit agency said extended service would come at a cost: $100,000 per hour - refundable if Metro makes a profit during the extended hours.

The late-night service issue also came up previous year, during SafeTrack, when General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld cited the agency's urgent safety needs in refusing to run extra trains during the playoffs. Some fans broke out in a chant: "Metro sucks".

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