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Metro to run an extra hour for Caps’ Game 3

Metro announced it will be extending service hours for fans heading to Game 3 on Tuesday as the Caps get ready to play at home in the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in 20 years. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

WASHINGTON — If you’re planning to go to the Caps game on Tuesday night, Metro will be an option for your ride home.

Game 3 starts at 8 p.m. and Metro’s regular closing time is 11:30 p.m., but Metro’s CEO Paul Wiedefeld announced that Metrorail will remain open for an additional hour thanks to Exelon and Pepco.

“We are pleased to provide rail service so all of the fans can support the Caps in the playoffs,” Wiedefeld said.

“Thanks to Exelon, we can offer a train ride home when the game ends, even if that means overtime.”

Exelon, which is the parent company of Pepco, will fund the $100,000 cost for the extended service.

“We know how important it is when the hometown team advances in the playoffs,” said Exelon President and CEO Chris Crane. “We want to make sure our customers can be there for every play and get home safely and emissions free by powering the Metro’s extended hours Tuesday night.”

“We are one of the nation’s largest providers of clean energy, so we’re very much in favor of supporting clean forms of transportation,” added Maggie Fitzpatrick, the senior vice president of corporate affairs for Exelon.

“Metro is a safe and clean way to get to and from big events in the city, so we are 100 percent behind supporting those forms of transportation.”

After Metro’s regular closing time, all stations will remain open for entry and exit to ensure fans using Metro will be able to get home when the game ends.

“The Caps and Metro are a great source of pride for the region,” said Metro Board Chairman Jack Evans. “We want everyone to enjoy the game, whether they are in the arena, or out with friends cheering on the Caps in the Eastern Conference finals.”

With the additional hour of service, the last Red Line trains will leave Gallery Place-Chinatown at 12:38 a.m. heading to Glenmont and at 12:32 a.m. heading to Shady Grove.

On the Green Line, the last train will leave Gallery Place-Chinatown at 12:28 a.m. heading to Branch Avenue and at 12:48 a.m. heading to Greenbelt.

On the Yellow Line, the last train will leave Gallery Place-Chinatown at 12:19 a.m. heading to Huntington.

On the Blue Line, the last train will leave Metro Center at 12:28 a.m. heading to Franconia-Springfield and at 12:27 a.m. heading to Largo Town Center.

On the Orange Line, the last train will leave Metro Center at 12:20 a.m. heading to New Carrollton and at 12:36 a.m. heading to Vienna.

On the Silver Line, the last train will leave Metro Center at 12:27 a.m. heading to Largo Town Center and at 12:21 a.m. heading to Wiehle-Reston East.

In the event of overtime, Metro will provide any updates regarding last train times through arena announcements, on Twitter and via MetroAlerts email and text messages.

Exelon also paid $100,000 to keep the Metro system open for an additional hour for Game 5 of the National League Division Series last year when the Nationals ultimately lost to the Cubs.

A spokesperson for the company said it has not yet been officially asked to help extend Metro service hours for Game 4.

“I know that there are some other corporate sponsors that are interested in helping the Caps as well as helping Metro,” Fitzpatrick said. “We certainly will entertain it if we are asked, but we were asked for this game and are delighted to do it.”

Most Caps fans hope there won’t be a need for extended Metro service after Game 4 until the Stanley Cup Finals.


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