After months and back-and-forth between the team, league, and city, the D.C. metro system will stay late for Nationals playoff games after all.
D.C. Metro officials announced Thursday evening that Washington-based company LivingSocial has stepped forward to pay the reported 29,500 deposit required to keep the trains running an hour longer each night. Playoff night games generally start at 8 p.m. and would require the trains to run after midnight which is the usual time they end.
Metro officials say that because the money is a deposit, they are rebated money depending on how many patrons use the trains. One official said it takes about 5500 customers to refund the deposit in full and Nationals Park can hold over 40,000 fans.
LivingSocial's role was required because the city was unwilling to pay the money and MLB has a policy against teams paying. The Capitals for instance have paid to keep the red line open in the past after their playoff games, but baseball has a different set of rules.
The Nationals clinched a playoff berth on September 20th and now have a chance to win the National League East. If they win their division they will likely begin the playoffs with two games on the road before returning to Washington for Game 3.