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Metrorail extends service hours Nov. 5

(Published November 1, 1999)

Just in time for holiday shopping, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority will begin an eight-month pilot program Nov. 5 that extends Metrorail service hours on Fridays and Saturdays to 1 a.m.

Metrorail service currently ends at midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.

Metro’s board of directors plans to evaluate the experimental program as it approaches its end next June to decide whether rail service should be further extended to 2 a.m. on weekends.

Restaurant and bar owners have complained that Metro’s midnight closing results in many customers leaving long before their establishments close for the night. Employees of late-night businesses also have complained about needing to find other, often more expensive, means of transportation home from their jobs late at night when Metrorail service is unavailable.

In the meantime, Metro officials said they plan to make information available to rail passengers about how to stay safe when out late at night.

Copyright 1999, The Common Denominator