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Thursday, 12 October 2017 15:34

Washington can build a $670 million stadium for the Nationals, but it can't afford to Metro their fans home after a playoff game?

Written by  Philip Wegmann

Metro will take Nationals fans out to the ballgame this Thursday when the team hosts the Chicago Cubs in an exciting must-win Game Five of the National League Division Series. Getting them back home though? That's complicated.

The Washington Post reports that the city's subway system had planned to shut down at the regularly scheduled closing time of 11:30 p.m. That set up a difficult decision for the team's faithful: miss the ninth inning or miss the train home. It was a central planning pickle.

While the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority couldn't find a way to make the trains run on time, the private-sector luckily stepped in at the last minute to fix the public sector's problem. Energy and power company Exelon announced Thursday that it will pick up the tab and pay Metro the $100,000 necessary to keep the Navy Yard station open for another hour.

If Exelon hadn't done that, forget about waiting for the fat lady to sing. You would've risked getting stranded or stuck paying for a pricey cab ride home. Yuppies could still stumble to their lofts in southeast D.C., and the wealthy could always amble a bit farther to their townhouses on Capitol Hill (the walk is a bit dangerous).

Read more at The Washington Examiner

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