Share

Metro service during playoffs remains unresolved

|
Photo - Metro service ended before the Nationals game finished on Aug. 20. (Examiner file photo)
Metro service ended before the Nationals game finished on Aug. 20. (Examiner file photo)
Local,DC,Transportation,Nationals,Kytja Weir

Editor's note: This story has been amended to reflect the following correction. Due to incorrect information provided by Metro, stories that ran in the Sept. 19 and Aug. 22 print editions about the standoff over who should pay for extra Metro service if a Nationals game runs late contained the incorrect month for when the Nationals sought extra late night service. The game against the Phillies was on May 6.

A question remains for Washington Nationals fans planning on attending any potential home playoff games: how to get home?

No contract has been signed with Metro to run after normal hours should a game run late, the transit agency said Tuesday. And extensive track work, including shutdowns, is scheduled on six of the possible dates.

But Ward 2 D.C. Councilman Jack Evans offered a "guarantee" on Tuesday that late Metro service would be available if needed. "I am working on it," he told The Washington Examiner. "I am confident that Metro will be open if a game runs late and get everyone home."

He would not provide specifics on who would pay for the extra service, though.

Evans said he had not been aware of the track work schedule but planned to talk to Metro about making sure track work doesn't occur during the playoffs.

The late-night issue came to a head this summer when an Aug. 20 game against the Atlanta Braves lasted 13 innings, stranding scores of riders who stuck it out to see the Nats win.

While the start times have not been set, some games during last year's division series didn't start until 8:37 p.m., making it more likely that the games would run past Metro's midnight closing time on weeknights.

Metro opens early and runs late for various events, but the transit agency says an outside group needs to pay $29,500 per hour to cover the cost. Metro refunds the difference made by riders' fares.

The Nationals have refused to sign a contract for the extra service, despite having done so for a May game against the Phillies.

The team declined to say whether it would pay for late-night trains for the playoffs. "There are a number of parties involved in these discussions, and we are looking into all options, which is typical of any organization that is beginning to plan for a potentially large event that can positively impact the city," Nationals spokeswoman Lara Potter said.

Metro spokesman Philip Stewart said it will evaluate service needs at the appropriate time but noted that the scheduled track work affects the Green Line for only some of the possible dates. Riders, however, often use multiple lines and transfer to reach the game at Navy Yard-Ballpark.

kweir@washingtonexaminer.com

View article comments Leave a comment