Exelon to Pay $100K to Keep Metrorail Open an Hour Later for Nats’ Playoff Game Thursday

(Courtesy photo)
(Courtesy photo)

Washington Nationals fans who plan to travel by Metrorail for Thursday night’s postseason game at Nationals Park will receive an additional hour of service.

Thanks to Exelon, the parent company of Pepco, it will pay Metro the $100,000 fee to keep Metrorail open for an additional hour, according to a statement released Thursday morning.

The game against the Chicago Cubs is scheduled to start at 8:08 p.m.

“Our commitment to the D.C. community extends beyond powering our customers’ homes and businesses,” Exelon CEO Chris Crane said in a joint statement issued with Metro and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. “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.”

Bowser said the extra hour will coincide with the city’s grand opening of the Wharf development in the southwest section of the city.

“We want everyone attending these events to enjoy their experience and have a safe ride home at the end of the night,” Bowser said.

According to the statement, only four stations in D.C. — Navy Yard-Ballpark, Waterfront, L’Enfant Plaza and Capitol South — will remain open after regular closing time for “entry only.” All other Metro stations will be available for “exit only.”

The last Green Line train will now depart at 12:22 a.m. from the Navy Yard-Ballpark station near Nationals Park in the direction of Greenbelt. The last Green Line train toward Branch Avenue in Suitland will depart the Navy Yard station at 12:48 a.m.

If the Nationals defeat the Cubs, the team will face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series. The Nationals would travel to Los Angeles this weekend and would host Games 3 and 4 in D.C. on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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