This post has been updated.
For the second consecutive year, the Nationals will host a deciding playoff game at Nationals Park that could end after Metro closes. The final out of last season’s loss to the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLDS came 4:32 after first pitch, well after the last trains of the day left Navy Yard station. There were loud boos when the final departure times were posted on the center field scoreboard, but there wasn’t a mass exodus of fans before midnight, thanks in large part to the ride-sharing hashtag — #NatsRide — that trended on Twitter ahead of the game.
On Thursday, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser and Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld announced that Metro will remain open an additional hour to accommodate fans at the Nationals-Cubs game and the grand opening of The Wharf development in Southwest. Chicago-based energy company Exelon, which owns Pepco, will foot the $100,000 bill for the extra hour of service. The last Green Line train is now scheduled depart the Navy Yard station in the direction of Greenbelt at 12:22 a.m. The last Green Line train to Branch Ave. will depart Navy Yard at 12:48 a.m. Metro notes that only four stations — Navy Yard, Waterfront, L’Enfant Plaza and Capitol South — will remain open for “entry only” after the system’s regular 11:30 p.m. closing time. All other Metro stations will be available for “exit only” during the extended hour of service.
Thursday’s news came after Metro spokesman Dan Stessel told The Post’s Martine Powers on Wednesday night that the agency had received no request from the Nationals to keep the system open late. The Nationals also sent out a travel advisory alerting fans of Metro’s scheduled closing hours and advising them to bike or use Uber or the D.C. Circulator.
While the extended service increases the likelihood that fans will be able to take Metro home without leaving Game 5 early, it might be advisable to make alternative transportation plans in case the game runs long. #NatsRide has been revived and the way it works is simple: If you need a ride or have room in your vehicle, just tweet your location along with the #NatsRide hashtag.