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5 Ways to Get Home From the Nationals Game Tonight

Because Metro's probably going to close before the game ends.

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If you’re going to decisive Game 5 of the National League Division Series between the Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers tonight, chances are you’ve already heard that if this one goes as long as the previous four, it’ll end well past Metro’s bedtime. The official start time is set for  8:08 PM, with the last Greenbelt-bound Green Line’s scheduled to leave Navy Yard at 11:35 PM.

So if you’re going to stay for the whole game—and, remember, you are supposed to—here are five ways to get home:

1. Drive yourself

Having your own vehicle is sometimes convenient, though parking passes for the game have all sold out. However, there may be some spaces close to Nationals Park available through online parking services like Parking PandaSpotHero, and ParkWhiz.

2. DC Circulator

DC Circulator is extending its Union Station-Navy Yard route until 1 AM Friday. That’s late enough in case the game goes 18 innings, right? The route also connects with multiple Metrobus routes.

3. Taxis or, more likely, Uber and Lyft

Nationals Park’s taxi stand is on the north side M St., Southeast, between South Capitol and Half streets. The stand will start operating about two hours into the game and will remain open until a half hour after the game ends. Ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft may be more reliable. Also, if you’ve been saving that discount code for a special evening, tonight might be it.

4.Capital Bikeshare

As it did for the first two games of the series Capital Bikeshare will be providing a “corral” service for fans—guaranteeing docks and bikes will be available—one hour before and 30 minutes after the game at the station at First and N streets, Southwest (across from the Nationals Park bike valet). Check the Spotcycle for the statuses of other Bikeshare stations near the stadium.

5. Water Taxi

Fans heading back to Northern Virginia can also use the Potomac Riverboat Company’s “Baseball Boat.” The water taxi will shuttle between Alexandria and the stadium, with the Virginia-bound boat scheduled to depart 20 minutes after the final out. A round trip costs $37. Book your tickets here.

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