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Are you a Nats fan? Take the Metro to Nationals Park? Now, you're being assured you can get home on playoff days if the game runs really late.
About two weeks ago, there were questions as to whether the Washington, D.C. Metro system would stay open late on nights when Nationals postseason games might run past normal operating hours.
The dispute was over money that the Metro authority, the WMATA, required to keep the lines running late. The Nats were willing to pay, but Major League Baseball balked, claiming they didn't want to set a "precedent", even though no other city's transit system required such a late-operations fee.
Thursday, the problem appears to have been solved, according to the Washington Post:
Metro will announce Thursday afternoon that a “third party” will fund extended service during any playoff game that ends late, according to a person familiar with the deal. The private entity will put down the $29,500 deposit required by Metro to keep the trains running for an extra hour.
There's no word as to who this "third party" might be, though it was suggested by at least one person that perhaps a Nationals player could pick up the tab.
The WMATA is holding a news conference late Thursday at the Navy Yard Metro stop, the one closest to Nationals Park, to announced this deal. So, Nats fans, if a Nats postseason game goes into extra innings or there's a rain delay, you can still get home.