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DC Metro closes before Washington Nationals MLB game ends (8/21/12)

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Monday night's (8/20/12) 13-inning victory by the Washington Nationals over the Atlanta Braves was one of the most thrilling of the season. However, for Nats fans who took Metro to the game and stayed all night to see the conclusion of the 5-4 win, getting home was a different story.

 

 

The game, which lasted nearly 4 1/2-hours and ended well after midnight, went longer than Metro trains run, stranding plenty of fans outside the Navy Yard-Ballpark station and sent them scrambling for an alternate way to get home.

Nats fan Anthony Jackson said, "There weren't enough cabs, there weren't enough buses, so a lot of people were just standing around, walking. It was kind of sad."

Metro has agreements with local sports teams to keep its 86 stations open should games go long. But, according to WTOP, the Nationals and WMATA do not have such an agreement . Spokesman Dan Stessel says that it costs nearly $30,000 per hour to extend service past normal running hours.

 

 

The system isn't free. It costs us quite a bit of money to keep it open for additional hours, and someone has to pay for that. So without an agreement in place ahead of time, metro closed at12 as it does every night of the week," added Metro spokeswoman Caroline Lukas.

Teams pay WMATA $29,000 an hour to keep the system past scheduled times. But until there's such a deal with the Nats, fans may have to make a choice - support the team until the end or get home on time.

It's not a new problem for sports fans - during the Washington Capitals playoff run this past spring, Metro stayed open late to accommodate games that went multiple overtimes. The most notable of those games happened on May 2, when Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Capitals and New York Rangers went into triple overtime."

 

Source (ABC-TV 7/WJLA Washington) http://www.wjla.com/articles/2012/08/metro-closes-before-nationals-game-ends-79029.html

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And that's why there should be more transportation funds for transportation authorities around the country.

 

 

True. Still the Owners of the Washington Nationals should pay the DC Metro officals, the $500,000 it costs each season to keep the trains running at least until 130am for 80 home games. The (3) other Major DC pro teams the NFL Redskins, NBA Wizards and NHL Captials already do it. $500,000 is pocket money and provides good customer service.

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I'm surprised that the Nationals haven't paid the fee. It is even worse in Boston, however, where games have ended after the T stops running. I feel sorry for those working at the ballpark who have to worry about the last transit service out.

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I'm surprised that the Nationals haven't paid the fee. It is even worse in Boston, however, where games have ended after the T stops running. I feel sorry for those working at the ballpark who have to worry about the last transit service out.

 

 

Thus that why despite its many issue the MTA here in NY is one of the best mass transit systems anywhere.

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And that's why there should be more transportation funds for transportation authorities around the country.

 

 

Federal taxpayer money for extra inning ball games ? no thanks, let Strasburg give up some of his millions.

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Federal taxpayer money for extra inning ball games ? no thanks, let Strasburg give up some of his millions.

 

 

LOL. I don't think Strasburg is that rich yet! However the Nats team owners the Lerners can without a doubt pay the estimated $500,000 each season it's costs to hold the last trains until at least 1-130am. It's just good damn good customer service.

 

And closer to home the (MTA) for it's Metro North trains hold at least 1 train for all (3) branches (Hudson, Harlem and New Haven)until at least 30 minutes after the game. Even if the game ended at 2am in the morning.

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I'm surprised that the Nationals haven't paid the fee. It is even worse in Boston, however, where games have ended after the T stops running. I feel sorry for those working at the ballpark who have to worry about the last transit service out.

 

damn wtf

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Thus that why despite its many issue the MTA here in NY is one of the best mass transit systems anywhere.

 

 

Can't add to that. You said it all right there.

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Thus that why despite its many issue the MTA here in NY is one of the best mass transit systems anywhere.

 

 

closing overnight gives those other systems time to properly clean the stations and do maintenance work without screwing up weekend service.

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closing overnight gives those other systems time to properly clean the stations and do maintenance work without screwing up weekend service.

 

 

Well news flash Foxie. DC Metro still does weekend GO's/detours on the weekends as well.

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Well news flash Foxie. DC Metro still does weekend GO's/detours on the weekends as well.

 

Yep, I was in DC a few weeks ago and one of their lines had a weekend shuttle bus G.O.

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Here in Los Angeles, we don't have this problem. Metro has no problem running extra trains for USC football games on the Expo Line, running late night trips on Halloween on the Red line, or running full length 3-car trains on the Pasadena Gold line during the Rose Parade.

 

There was even FREE late night service during New Years.

 

LACMTA is has also introduced new late night rail trips until 2am on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The results have been staggering. Trains are full even at 12am. People are much more willing to ride when they don't have to worry about missing a last train.

 

Though, our situation I guess is a bit different, since LACMTA isn't having financial troubles, and we are actually trying to promote public transit, unlike WMATA, which has had a system in place for 4 decades already.

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Here in Los Angeles, we don't have this problem. Metro has no problem running extra trains for USC football games on the Expo Line, running late night trips on Halloween on the Red line, or running full length 3-car trains on the Pasadena Gold line during the Rose Parade.

 

There was even FREE late night service during New Years.

 

LACMTA is has also introduced new late night rail trips until 2am on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The results have been staggering. Trains are full even at 12am. People are much more willing to ride when they don't have to worry about missing a last train.

 

Though, our situation I guess is a bit different, since LACMTA isn't having financial troubles, and we are actually trying to promote public transit, unlike WMATA, which has had a system in place for 4 decades already.

 

 

Also a question? Is the LA MTA also has been running late evening service for Staples for Lakers/Kings/Clippers games and also Dodger Stadium as well?

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Also a question? Is the LA MTA also has been running late evening service for Staples for Lakers/Kings/Clippers games and also Dodger Stadium as well?

 

 

For the staples center, yes, though I don't think our games last that late. I always see trains packed coming to and away from games. We've never had an issue of people being stranded because Metro is too much of a dick to run extra Blue Line trains through Pico station after a game. Like I said, we are trying hard to promote transit, Metro would look horrible if they left people stranded after a game.

 

Dodger stadium is a bit different since there isn't a rail station. LA metro runs an express bus from union station to the stadium. The bus are always there for returning passengers.

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Here in Los Angeles, we don't have this problem. Metro has no problem running extra trains for USC football games on the Expo Line, running late night trips on Halloween on the Red line, or running full length 3-car trains on the Pasadena Gold line during the Rose Parade.

 

There was even FREE late night service during New Years.

 

LACMTA is has also introduced new late night rail trips until 2am on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The results have been staggering. Trains are full even at 12am. People are much more willing to ride when they don't have to worry about missing a last train.

 

Though, our situation I guess is a bit different, since LACMTA isn't having financial troubles, and we are actually trying to promote public transit, unlike WMATA, which has had a system in place for 4 decades already.

 

 

I wouldnt brag at LACMTA service after 10-11 PM as it is slow and connections tend not to meet up!

 

Also a question? Is the LA MTA also has been running late evening service for Staples for Lakers/Kings/Clippers games and also Dodger Stadium as well?

 

 

Express bus service free with Dodger's ticket runs 90 mins before the game from Union Station and 90 mins after the game back to Union Station.

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Hey Averagejoe you lucky in Toronto. At least TTC subways run until about 130am and thus games at Rogers Center Skydome(blue jays) and Air Canada Center(Leafs and NBA Raptors)so fans 99% of time, will have a train to catch home. :o:D

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Hey Averagejoe you lucky in Toronto. At least TTC subways run until about 130am and thus games at Rogers Center Skydome(blue jays) and Air Canada Center(Leafs and NBA Raptors)so fans 99% of time, will have a train to catch home. :o:D

 

Not only that but the 300 series Blue Night bus routes

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Well at least for the upcoming 2012 MLB playoff season, there now a deal to run DC Metro as late as 2am for all Nationals Post season games.

 

http://www.wjla.com/...sday-80370.html

That's good, but what happens if you get a long rain delay or extra inning game, and MLB decides they are going to go past 2:00 AM (MLB will do that in the postseason)?

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