According to Metro, though, the responsibility lies with the team, not with the transit agency. Keeping the rail system open for an additional hour before its usual opening time or after its usual closing time costs $29,500 an hour; Race for the Cure and the Washington Capitals, for example, have standing agreements with Metro for extended hours of operation during their events. The Nats, on the other hand, don’t. (The Nats have paid Metro to stay open during single games that start later than usual, though.)

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