Fans of the Washington Capitals cheer on April 29 at the Capitol One Arena. Qatar's offer to provide the nightly Metro service for the Caps game on Thursday night fell through, Metro said. (Toni L. Sandys / The Washington Post)
Metro and Qatar – yes, the country – had signed a contract late Tuesday to extend train traffic until 12:30 pm for the NHL conference finale on Thursday night There is no late-night service sponsor for the showdown between the Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning.
A day after Board Chairman Jack Evans said Qatar had provided $ 100,000 for an extra late-night service, Metro spokesman Dan Stessel was blunt about the state of affairs.
"There was no agreement, the parties could not agree," he said.
Metro said in a Tuesday's Tweet Tuesday it's still looking for a late-night service sponsor , And this statement was on Wednesday "operational" remained informed the agency. Evans explained the complications with Qatar in an interview with the Post sports team.
"It's not happening," Evans said. "We're still negotiating, they've found a catch."
The subway closes at 11:30. on weeknights. According to a new policy adopted by General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld following SafeTrack, the one-year repair program, all service enhancements require a sponsor to cover the cost of $ 100,000 per hour of trains. Wiedefeld has argued that because of the budgetary problems of the system, the agency should not be expected to cover potential losses for special events.
Evans told a reporter that the problem with Qatar stemmed from a contract modification related to compensation payments that the country's officials had been seeking
"[Qatari officials] signed the deal and sent it back, but they had a change made, "Evans said. "Metro can not agree to changes to the standard contract without the approval of the Metro Board, we would have to go back to the board and have a meeting between now and tomorrow, they're trying to find a way to deal with it, so it's not over yet not. "
An email to Qatar's governmental communications office was not returned on Wednesday.