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Playoffs Miracle! Metro Will Stay Open Late for Nationals Game After Bowser Gets Sponsor

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    Metro will stay open one extra hour Thursday night for the Nationals game. News4's Adam Tuss reports Pepco's parent company paid for the transit system to stay open. (Published Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017)

    Metro will extend service Thursday night for the Nationals game and The Wharf opening ceremonies after Mayor Muriel Bowser found a sponsor to foot the $100,000 bill.

    Trains will run one hour later than usual. Riders can only enter the Metro at four stations near The Wharf and Nationals Park: Navy Yard-Ballpark, Waterfront, L'Enfant Plaza and Capitol South. You can exit at any station.

    The last Green Line train is scheduled to leave the Navy Yard-Ballpark station toward Greenbelt at 12:22 a.m., WMATA announced.

    The last Green Line train to Branch Avenue will leave Navy Yard-Ballpark at 12:48 a.m., Metro officials said.

    "Tonight, Washington, DC will host the Nationals’ NLDS championship game and the exciting opening of The Wharf," said Mayor Muriel Bowser. "We want everyone attending these events to enjoy their experience and have a safe ride home at the end of the night. Go Nats and enjoy The Wharf!"

    Thursday morning, Metro had no plans to keep trains running late for Nationals games because no one had agreed to pay the $100,000 fee WMATA requires.

    That left an estimated 20,000 people who use Metro for games making alternate plans to get home.

    Previously, Metro reached out to the Nationals and asked if they were interested in paying for extra service.

    The Nationals refused.

    Then, Bowser started reaching out to find a sponsor. Energy provider Exelon, the parent company of electric power utility Pepco, stepped in.

    "Our commitment to the D.C. community extends beyond powering our customers’ homes and businesses," said Chris Crane, Exelon CEO. "We want to make sure they can enjoy these landmark events in D.C. and have options for getting home safely and efficiently, and we are pleased to partner with Mayor Bowser to make this happen."

    Pepco came under fire last year for asking the D.C. Public Service Commission to approve an increase in residents' power bills.