September 9, 2020 — Topeka Metro is informing our passengers that a bus operator has tested positive for COVID-19. Topeka Metro immediately contacted the Shawnee County Health Department (SCHD), per procedure, to seek their guidance. The bus operator has not been at work since September 2.
The operator did not have any close-contact interactions with passengers within the SCHD guidelines of 10 minutes or more and less than six feet. All operators are required to wear masks or face coverings when outside of the protective plastic barrier shield in the driver’s area to separate between operators and passengers.
For our passengers, personal responsibility is critical to protect one’s health and those around you. We urge everyone to be diligent during the pandemic. When out in public, and in the workplace, wash hands frequently, wear a face covering or mask, avoid touching your face, and follow social-distancing guidelines.
The health and safety of the community and Topeka Metro’s employees and our passengers are our top priority. Topeka Metro has been in full compliance of Shawnee County’s mask-wearing directive as of its effective date of July 29, 2020 and continue to adhere to previous directives issued. Masks are available on all Topeka Metro buses.
Topeka Metro will continue to monitor and implement safety protocols and recommendations as directed by the Governor, public health authorities, and local leaders to ensure the safety and well-being of our employees, our customers, and our community.
Please read this Statement from Topeka Metro’s General Manager regarding COVID-19 procedures.
- Committee Meeting – 8:30 am on Friday, October 9, at Quincy Street Station (South conference room), 820 SE Quincy.
- Board Meeting – 3:15 pm on Monday, October 19 at Quincy Street Station (South conference room), 820 SE Quincy.
USD 501 Topeka Metro Bus Passes
Parents and students: Did you know that high school and middle school students in USD 501 can obtain a FREE Topeka Metro bus pass from their school office?
USD 501 has purchased Topeka Metro bus passes for students in the district. If a student wants a pass, they must visit their school’s main office to obtain one. Students must show the bus pass when boarding. Passes are good throughout the school year at any time the fixed route buses are running. (Note: French and Jardine Middle schools are not included because of distance away from bus routes and in an industrial area).
Call customer service if you need assistance finding out which bus route to get on at 783-7000. Information is also on our website at topekametro.org.