No Metro, no problem for Nationals fans using the NatsRide hashtag

Thursday, 12 October 2017, 10:46:52 PM. Game 5 will likely end after Metro closes, but ride-sharing program organized by fans offers a transportation solution.

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Nationals fans cheer during Game 1 of the NLDS. (Michael Reynolds/EPA)

For the second consecutive year, the Nationals will host a deciding playoff game at Nationals Park that will likely end after Metro closes. The final out of last season’s loss to the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLDS came 4:32 after first pitch, well after the last trains of the day left Navy Yard station. There were loud boos when the final departure times were posted on the center field scoreboard, but there wasn’t a mass exodus of fans before midnight, thanks in large part to the ride-sharing hashtag — #NatsRide — that trended on Twitter ahead of the game.

First pitch for Thursday’s Game 5 against the Cubs is scheduled for 8:08 p.m., the same as last season. Unlike last year, when paying to extend Metro’s operating hours wasn’t an option during the agency’s SafeTrack maintenance blitz, organizations may now pay $100,000 per hour to keep Metro open later. On Wednesday night, Metro spokesman Dan Stessel told The Post’s Martine Powers that the agency had received no request from the Nationals to keep the system open late. The Nationals also sent out a travel advisory alerting fans of Metro’s scheduled closing hours and advising them to bike or use Uber or the D.C. Circulator. The last Green Line train to Greenbelt on Thursday departs Navy Yard at 11:22 p.m.; the last Green Line train to Branch Ave. leaves at 11:48 p.m.

Fans have every right to be upset with the Nationals, who haven’t commented on why they won’t pay to keep Metro open later, but the inconvenience needn’t prevent people who normally rely on Metro from attending Thursday’s Game 5, or force them to leave early. #NatsRide has been revived and the way it works is simple: If you need a ride or have room in your vehicle, just tweet your location along with the #NatsRide hashtag.

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