Leave the game early to catch the last Metro train or stay until the end and find another way home? It's the age-old question facing Washington sports fans during playoff runs when games start later and are scheduled almost on the fly.
Well, during Nationals postseason games, and a potential Mystics WNBA Finals Game 5, fans won't have to worry.
Metro General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld announced in a release Thursday that Metrorail service will be "flexed" to accommodate fans. The Navy Yard-Ballpark Station will remain open for 20 minutes following the conclusion of Nationals home games for the duration of the postseason. Anybody in line to enter that station will be accommodated, according to the release.
Navy Yard-Ballpark will be the only station to flex its hours. All other stations will be open for exit only, per the release.
The same flexed hours will be available at the Congress Heights Station if the WNBA Finals reach a Game 5, which would be played next Thursday at the Events and Sports Center.
“Today’s commitment to keep trains running 20 minutes after all Nationals and Mystics postseason games lets the region’s fans choose Metro and know that we’ll be there to get them home,” Wiedefeld said in the release. “This approach is a bridge to address the immediate concerns of customers until the Board can take a fresh look at the policy.”
The Nationals will first host the Dodgers for Game 3 of the NLDS, scheduled to start at 4:10 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6. A Game 4 on Monday, if necessary, could be the only time Metrorail might need to flex its hours of operation, but a start time has not yet been announced.
With the WNBA Finals Best-of-5 series tied at one game apiece, the Mystics and Sun would have to split the next two in Connecticut to force a deciding Game 5 in Washington. That game, if necessary, would start at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10.
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