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Metro to Stay Open Late for New Year's Eve Revelers

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    WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 15: Commuters board a Metrorail train at Union Station, March 15, 2016 in Washington, DC. Metrorail announced today that they will shut down service entirely on Wednesday for emergency inspections of the system's third-rail power cables after a tunnel fire earlier in the week. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

    New Year’s Eve partiers in D.C. who rely on Metro won't have to worry about hopping on a train to get home before the ball drops.

    Metro says trains will run until 2 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2019 to provide a safe alternative for riders who are ringing in the new year. Metrorail stations normaly close at 11:30 p.m. on weekdays.

    Off-peak fares will be in effect and no track work is expected, Metro said.

    “We are pleased to provide special late-night service to give those celebrating New Year's Eve a safe way home,” Metro General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Paul J. Wiedefeld said in a release.

    Final train times can vary by station so Metro is encouraging customers to check their station’s website and add two and a half hours to the normal last train time, according to WMATA.

    On New Year’s Day, the trains will be operating on a Sunday/holiday schedule with the Metrorail to open at 8 a.m. and close at 11 p.m.

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