Metro Open Late for NCAA Thursday
Metrorail is going to stay open till 1 o'clock Friday morning to accommodate the Verizon Center crowds attending the Thursday night NCAA basketball games at Verizon Center. The normal closing time on weeknights is midnight.
Also, there will be extra train after the first, third and fourth games on Thursday and both games on Saturday to help with crowds on the Red, Green and Yellow lines. Verizon Center sits on top of Gallery Place Station, where those three lines intersect.
There are four games on Thursday, starting at 12:20 p.m. So Metro is suggesting that commuters who work around Gallery place avoid the worst crowding by using the station entrances at 9th and G streets NW or 7th and H streets NW. Or, go over to Judiciary Square Station at 5th and F streets NW.
When you're using Metro to attend any big event, it's best to buy a round trip fare card or have a SmarTrip electronic fare card, so you don't have to wait on a long line at the vending machines when heading home. (That will be something to keep in mind for Nationals games, as well.)
Also note the blog entry below about Metro curtailing its maintenance program (and the resulting delays) for the next four weekends.
Speaking of Verizon Center games, I got this letter.
Dear Dr. Gridlock:
Can you tell us why Metro was running four-car trains on the Red Line on Wednesday [last week] around 9:30 pm? I am especially interested because there was a hockey game. Trains were packed and uncomfortable and moving slowly.
(getting home from Georgetown University ... slowly)
Metro says that shouldn't be happening. It's not transit authority policy to have four-car trains running on the Red Line after games, because of the crowding. Have other Metro riders experienced this?
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