Metro to offer extended hours for Nats' playoffs

Metro to offer extended hours for Nats' playoffs

Metro to offer extended hours for Nats' playoffs
PHILADELPHIA -- The Metropolitan Area Transit Authority announced Thursday that the Metro train in Washington will run for extended hours during the playoffs to accommodate fans getting home from Nationals Park.

Metro announced Thursday that it signed an agreement with LivingSocial, an online-deals company based in Washington, to offer late-night Metrorail service for playoff games this fall.

"LivingSocial is in the business of creating great local experiences, and we want to be sure D.C. fans can enjoy the city's first baseball playoffs in 79 years without worrying about how they will get home," LivingSocial CEO Tim O'Shaughnessy said in a statement. "D.C. is our hometown, and we love this city. This is just a small way to say thanks to our local customers, merchants, and employees for making Washington such a great place for us to live, work, and grow."

LivingSocial will underwrite at least one hour, and up to two hours, of extended service for all rides originating from the nearby Navy Yard-Ballpark station after home evening postseason games in October and November. According to the Washington Post, the deal hinged on LivingSocial putting down a $29,500 deposit required by the Metro to keep the trains running for an extra hour. The company will receive reimbursement for a portion or all of those costs based on the ridership during the extra time.