As you'll likely read in this paper over the weekend, the Metro subway will run on a regular Sunday schedule on Sunday. For those of us who know that the coach turns into a pumpkin promptly at 6 p.m., this won't produce consternation. We live with it.

But for inaugural visitors who came from Keokuk, Kannapolis or Kansas City and are staying at suburban hotels, and who decide to ride Metro to reach downtown Washington for Sunday dinner, a surprise is in store on the return trip. Washington's subway system, world-class in so many ways, shows its Mickey Mouse face at night on Sundays and most holidays. Unless there's a Redskins game, the trains stop running at dusk.

Allen Long, a Metro spokesman, said the question of running late service on Sunday was rejected by a management committee because it would be a money loser, and never was presented to the transit authority's board of directors. There were, he said, no events Sunday to attract crowds.

But there may be a lot of frustrated would-be riders from out of town who might be lost to Metro's political constituency around the nation.

Is there a reason Metro shouldn't ask for and justify a special appropriation -- as the D.C. government routinely gets every four years -- to pay for added inaugural expenses? Most inaugurations, we'd note, don't occur on weekends.