Hero Steps In to Keep Metro Open Late for Game 5

Both parties refused to budge, but a third-party sponsor has stepped in to keep Metro open an additional hour Thursday for Game 5 of the NLDS at Nationals Park.

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.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Metro General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld announced the extension Thursday afternoon. After Metro’s normal closing time, the Navy Yard-Ballpark, Waterfront, L’Enfant Plaza and Capitol South stations will remain open for “entry only.” All other Metro stations will be available for “exit only.”

The last Green Line train to Greenbelt is now scheduled to depart Navy Yard-Ballpark at 12:22 a.m. The last Green Line train to Branch Ave. is scheduled to depart Navy Yard-Ballpark at 12:48 a.m.

In the event of a weather delay, Metro will provide any necessary updates through ballpark announcements, on Twitter — @wmata and @metrorailinfo — and via MetroAlerts email and text messages.

“Our commitment to the D.C. community extends beyond powering our customers’ homes and businesses,” said Chris Crane, Exelon CEO. “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.”

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