- The Washington Times - Monday, December 24, 2012

Metro will keep its trains running for an extra hour Sunday night when the Washington Redskins take on the rival Dallas Cowboys at home in their drive for a playoff spot.

The game was scheduled for Sunday afternoon, but because of the postseason implications it was changed to a prime-time broadcast now scheduled to begin at 8:20 p.m. at FedEx Field in Prince George’s County. Fans leaving the game can expect the final Blue Line trains from the Morgan Boulevard station to head for Franconia-Springfield at 12:25 a.m. and for Largo Town Center at 1:33 a.m., according to Metro.

Entrances to other Metro stations will close at their normal times, but riders will be able to exit any station during the extra hour of service. Passengers leaving the game can transfer to the Orange Line at Stadium-Armory, the Green and Yellow Lines at L’Enfant Plaza and the Red Line at Metro Center.

The extended service has been funded through an agreement with the Redskins organization — a contrast to negotiations with the Washington Nationals this past fall, in which neither the team nor the city stepped up to offer extra service during baseball playoff games.

Ultimately, daily-deal provider LivingSocial offered to fund any extra service. The move turned into a public relations coup, since two of the Divisional Series games in the District were played during the day and the third fell on a Friday evening, which already has late-night service.

Metro also asked customers to prepare for altered service hours during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. On Christmas Day, Metrorail and Metrobus are scheduled to operate on Sunday hours, from 7 a.m. until midnight. MetroAccess trips are canceled.

Regular rail and bus service is scheduled for New Year’s Eve, but the system will stay open two hours later until 2 a.m. Last train times will depend on the station. Metro officials advise riders to add two hours to the weekday last train times for each station.

On New Year’s Day, both rail and bus service will be on a Sunday schedule from 7 a.m. until midnight, and MetroAccess trips are canceled.

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