Hero Steps In to Keep Metro Open Late for Game 5

Cornelia Mascio
Ottobre 13, 2017

Metro's General Manager Paul Wiedefeld and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Thursday Exelon will fund the extra hour of service so riders will be able to enter select stations after 11 p.m.

Exelon - the parent company of Pepco - is covering the $100,000 cost to extend Metro hours, a fee neither Metro nor the Nationals were willing to pay in an ongoing tug-of-war between the baseball and public transportation organizations.

"Tonight, Washington, DC will host the Nationals' NLDS championship game and the exciting opening of The Wharf", said Mayor Bowser. "We want everyone attending these events to enjoy their experience and have a safe ride home at the end of the night. Go Nats and enjoy The Wharf!" After Metro's normal closing time, the Navy Yard-Ballpark, Waterfront, L'Enfant Plaza and Capitol South stations will remain open for "entry only". The last train to Branch Avenue leaves Navy Yard at 12:48 a.m. (The Nationals promote the 11:02 p.m. train, but that is actually the second-to-last train of the night). "If they choose not to pay, then it will not stay open and it is not Metro's fault".

The late-night service issue also came up past 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.

That decision earned Metro a chorus of boos in a NDLS Game 5 - on a Thursday night nearly a year ago to the date.

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