Remember the ordeal before Game Four about Metro staying open, and the Middle Eastern country of Qatar was somehow involved?
Well, thankfully, Caps fans don’t have to worry about oil-rich nation states stepping in this time. The ride-sharing app Uber is footing the $100,000 bill to extend Metro service.
The primetime 8 PM starts in the conference finals could potentially be problematic for Metro riders, as rail service generally ends around 11:30 PM on weeknights. However, Metro has found sponsors for all three home games in the third round, with the power company Exelon chipping in for Game Three, Qatar paying for Game Four, and now Uber funding Game Six.
According to Metro, after regular closing hours, those taking Metrorail will only be able to enter at three stations: Gallery Place, Metro Center (at 11th and G Streets only) or Judiciary Square (F Street entrance only).
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Metro announces extended late-night service Monday for Capitals Game 6, sponsored by Uber
Metrorail will remain open an additional hour Monday night for fans attending the Capitals v. Lightning game at CapitalOne Arena.
The $100,000 cost associated with keeping open the 234-mile, 91-station Metrorail system for an additional hour is being funded by Uber.
“Planes, trains, and automobiles – it’s going to take it all to get the Caps a win on Monday and then back to Tampa to close out the series,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “The more fans we have out the better, and the more transportation options the better. Thank you, Uber, for helping move our city and this series forward.”
“Metro is the backbone of the region’s transportation system, and everybody wins when people have alternatives to driving themselves to and from events downtown,” said Michael Black, Uber’s General Manager for DC. “We’re honored to work with Mayor Bowser and WMATA to help make sure that Caps fans can use Metro to get home safely from Monday’s game and leave their cars at home.”
“We appreciate Uber’s support for the Caps and their fans,” said D.C. Councilmember and WMATA Board Chair Jack Evans. “They, like our other sponsors during the playoffs, have made it possible to provide extended Metro service without diverting resources from the regular bus and rail services on which our residents depend.”
After Metro’s regular closing time, Caps fans can enter the system at three stations: Gallery Place, Metro Center (11th & G street entrance only) or Judiciary Square (F Street entrance only). All other stations will be “exit only.”
Monday’s last trains from Gallery Place-Chinatown will depart at:
Red Line to Glenmont 12:38 a.m.; to Shady Grove 12:32 a.m.
Green Line to Branch Ave 12:28 a.m.; to Greenbelt 12:48 a.m.
Yellow Line to Huntington 12:19 a.m.
Monday’s last Blue, Orange and Silver Line trains from Metro Center will depart at:
Blue Line to Franconia-Springfield 12:28 a.m.; to Largo Town Center 12:27 a.m.
Orange Line to New Carrollton 12:20 a.m.; to Vienna 12:36 a.m.
Silver Line to Largo Town Center 12:27 a.m.; to Wiehle-Reston East 12:21 a.m.
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