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Kwame Brown: Nats Should Pay for Metro Costs

As Post reporter Lena H. Sun reported today, the District will, in fact, pay to keep the Metro open after midnight on weeknights when the Nationals' games run late. After first telling Metro that it could no longer afford to pay, the city has reversed course and agreed to foot the tab, which surely is a relief to the transit agency and the ballclub.

But not to Kwame Brown. The At Large Council member has come out swinging today, blasting the Fenty administration's decision. Who should pay? The team, according to Brown.

"The District paid an enormous price to build the Nationals Stadium," Brown said in a statement. "It's absurd for District residents to cover the cost of extended Metro service when the Nationals are enjoying a stadium paid for by the people. At some point you have to ask when enough is enough. It's time for the Nationals to step up to the plate."

By David A Nakamura  |  April 24, 2009; 11:47 AM ET
Categories:  City Finances , Nationals , transportation  
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Kwame is speaking as if the Mayor operates on a coherent plane. Kwame is right on all points. The citizens built this stadium with tax dollars and now the team wants the citizens of the (DISTRICT ALONE) to foot the bill for extended Metro hours.

I thought the District was in a multi million dollar budgetary shortfall. When the city is cutting programs, services and workers, how, then, does it find the luxury to pay for metro hours for a luxury like Major League Baseball.

The Mayor, yet again, has proven that he lacks the accumen of a business executive. He hasn't got the intestinal fortitude of a flea. Much less the guts to tell the Nat's NO!!!

Didn't councilmember Fenty vote against the stadium in the first place.

I suppose that those perks he receives from the team now that he has become Mayor has made him a believer in executive excess at the taxpayer expense.

The Director of Transportation was absolutely right in telling the team that the city couldn't pay for this. Yet, the MAYOR overruled that couscious and reasonable decision, and for what?

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | April 24, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Nats should pay. But only after DC publicly takes the blame and apologizes to the Nats, fans and stadium workers. Its absurd that the Nats had to hear the new policy FROM Metro DURING the game rather than the DC government.

Posted by: cprferry | April 24, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm having a barbecue get together next weekend. If we aren't done before 2:30 PM, can we get the mayor to light up the whole metro system so my friends can get home? It's going to be a big party too. Maybe 16 people will show up.

Posted by: starclimber9 | April 24, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Is the Mayor driving a "Smart" car supposed to be some sort of oxymoron?

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | April 24, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

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