The board eliminated a special surcharge passed in 2010, a peak-of-the-peak rail fare for traveling during the system’s busiest times.
The program was supposed to push people to ride during less-congested periods, but Metro has said that did not happen in significant numbers. Meanwhile, the peak-of-the-peak added another layer of complexity to the system’s sometimes-confusing fare structure.
Under the new plan, riders will have the option of buying a 28-day unlimited pass that will be available on electronic SmarTrip cards. The pass will cost $230 and allow a user to travel an unlimited distance at any time of the day.
Critics have complained that the pass offers no savings for regular commuters.
Metro also will eliminate its $9 one-day pass, which is valid after 9:30 a.m. on weekdays, and institute a $14 one-day pass that has no time restrictions.
The District, Maryland and Virginia are expected to contribute $669 million — up from $622 million in fiscal 2012 — as part of their operating subsidies to help run the transit system.
In other action, Metro’s board of directors approved names for eight of the 11 stations planned for the new Silver Line. The names were previously approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
The stations would be named McLean, Tysons Corner, Greensboro, Spring Hill, Wiehle-Reston East, Reston Town Center, Herndon and Innovation Center.
The Silver Line’s first phase, which is under construction through Tysons Corner to Wiehle Avenue, is expected to be completed in August 2013, with service beginning in December 2013 or January 2014. The second phase is expected to run from Reston to Dulles International Airport and Loudoun County, but Loudoun officials have until July 4 to decide whether they will help pay for it. Other concerns have also dogged the project, which is being supervised by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has called a meeting for Wednesday to discuss getting the project back on track.