WASHINGTON – Metro and the Nationals have no formal meetings scheduled to talk about keeping trains running if games run past the transit agency’s weekday midnight closing time.
“We have routine conversations with the Nats on all routine stuff, most recently the dates for potential playoff games, but nothing new on the subject of extended service,” writes Metro Chief Spokesperson Dan Stessel in an e-mail.
The Nationals offered no comment on the matter Thursday.
With a potential baseball playoff run drawing closer (where games routinely start after 8 p.m. and last past midnight during the week) the Nationals do not have a contract with Metro to keep the system open late.
A Metro source tells WTOP the lack of an agreement causes considerable anxiety for the transit agency’s top leaders.
“They don’t want to get slammed for stranding passengers at the game,” says the source.
As has been documented, other local teams — including the Redskins and Capitals — regularly pay the approximately $30,000 per hour fee to keep the system open later than normal.
Many fans were upset after a recent extra-innings game ended after midnight, and Metro had already closed.