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DC Mayor: Qatar’s offer to pay for extended Metro hours after Caps-Lightning Game 4 is on

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, pushes Tampa Bay Lightning center Cedric Paquette (13) with Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) and Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92), from Russia, nearby during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL Eastern Conference finals hockey playoff series, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

A reported deal with Qatar to extend Metro hours Thursday night is back on.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted the news saying in part "Qatar and the DowntownDCIB teamed up years ago to deliver City Center DC. Today, they're doing it again to deliver late night Metro service to Caps fans."

On Wednesday evening, Metro initially tweeted that no agreement was reached to extend Metrorail service for Thursday night.

Metro Board Chair Jack Evans was working on a deal for Qatar to pay to extend Metro hours after Game 4 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals between the Capitals and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night in Washington.

Evans, DC Council member for Ward 2, said Qatar added last-minute changes to the contract that Metro couldn’t agree to without board approval.

The two sides were still trying to work out a deal . Evans said it was too late for another company to pay, but he said that Qatar had until 8 p.m. Wednesday evening to change its mind.

This story has been updated

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