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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.
Mark Kraemer
Silver Spring
(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?

By Robert Thomson  |  March 18, 2008; 2:51 PM ET
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Comments

After-game service beneath the Verizon Center is challenging when the Capitals play.

Customers like me riding the Red Line toward Glenmont will see that more trains -- sometimes many more trains -- going toward Shady Grove.

Leaving a game a couple weeks ago, I just missed a Glenmont train and waited 20 minutes for the next one. During that time, five trains came through headed to Shady Grove.

What gives?

Posted by: Jeff Day, Kensington | March 18, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

The last time they had NCAA tournament games at Verizon, 7th street was closed during evening rush. Are there any road closures planned on Thursday or Saturday?

I work in the Penn Quarter and want to be prepared.

Posted by: Margaret | March 19, 2008 4:47 AM | Report abuse

I was also on a red line train last Wednesday (3/12) around 9:30 and it was a four car train, very crowded and very slow.

Posted by: Melissa | March 19, 2008 8:15 AM | Report abuse

"Are there any road closures planned on Thursday or Saturday?"

F Street is normally closed from 6th Street to 8th Street after Capitals games, so I assume the same would apply here.

Posted by: Rich | March 19, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Why is it that Metro management cannot explain why 4 car trains are running in the middle of the evening on week days?

Is Metro management so inept it doesn't know what orders are being given or what problems are happening?

This lack of knowledge makes it look like all the Metro managers are resting comfortably at home while Metro riders suffer in packed, shortened rail cars.

Metro raises rates by 15% in January, cuts service and leaves clueless management in place. Truly pathetic.

Posted by: Max | March 20, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

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