About The Lift

The Lift is a public transportation program which provides origin to destination bus service for persons with disabilities who are unable to use the wheelchair-accessible fixed-route bus system.

The Lift operates the same hours as the fixed route service.

Monday through Friday from 5:35 AM to 7:35 PM
Saturday from 8:15 AM to 6:40 PM

The Lift service does not operate on Sunday or major holidays.

The Lift service operates within 3/4 mile of any fixed-route bus stop.

A one-way Lift fare is $4.00. A strip of 10 tickets is $40.00.  Lift tickets cannot be used on the fixed route.

Ride tickets for the Lift may be purchased at Quincy Street Station, on this website by clicking on “Store”, through the mail, or at our outlet locations, which include all Topeka Dillons stores and HyVee.

One personal care attendant may travel with a passenger at no charge. Escorts or additional attendants must pay the $4.00 fare. Up to three (3) children under age five (5) can ride free with a paying registered adult.

Eligibility for Service

To use the Lift, a person must be certified as eligible according to guidelines set forth in the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) in conjunction with accessibility regulations for public transit services. ADA Paratransit eligibility is based on a person’s lack of functional ability to use the wheelchair accessible fixed route bus service.

To Become Eligible

An application for ADA Paratransit eligibility can be obtained by calling 783-7000 or it you can download the Lift Service Application by clicking on the link at the top of this page.  The application must be completed in a standard written or typed manner and approved before Lift service will be provided.

Instructions are available in large print or Braille upon request.

Completed forms are to be returned to the Lift office; 820 SE Quincy, Topeka, Kansas 66612.

Applications will be reviewed and verified before a determination is made. While the Federal government mandates the eligibility process be completed in 21 days, Topeka Metro strives to provide approval within seven days.

An evaluation may be requested to determine an applicant’s functional ability.

Conditional Eligibility

The effects of a disability may not be continuous. As a result, a person may be able to ride the fixed route bus system occasionally, but not all of the time. The eligibility process helps the Lift staff make determinations on a trip-by-trip basis in such instances.

Specific additional information may be requested when rides are requested by a person who has been determined eligible on a conditional basis.

Eligibility Determination

Persons determined not eligible for Lift service have the right to appeal.  Appeal-Instructions-Revised

Persons determined to be ADA Paratransit eligible will receive a determination letter, an identification number, and a Lift User’s Guide.

Assistance Provided

Lift operators will assist passengers while boarding and exiting the vehicle. The operator may not enter any establishment or home to give assistance and are not responsible for unlocking/locking doors. Operators are not to carry groceries, packages, passengers or mobility aids.

To Arrange a Ride

Once ADA Paratransit eligibility has been established, Lift rides may be arranged by calling 783-7000.

Reservations must be made by 5:00 PM the day prior to the requested date of travel or up to one week in advance.

Calls are accepted daily from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

When calling to arrange a ride, please be prepared to provide the following information to the scheduler or the voice mail:

  • Name (include spelling)
  • Telephone number.
  • Exact pick-up address and destination address. Call-takers will not look up addresses on behalf of the caller.
  • Date, desired time of trip and return pick-up time.
  • Any special instructions (i.e. personal care attendant or escort will be riding, children under age 5, over-sized mobility aid, service animal, oxygen tank, etc.)

Passengers will be given a thirty (30) minute pick-up window.  The vehicle may arrive at any time during that window.  Once the vehicle arrives, you will be expected to board within five (5) minutes.

Once the operator has arrived, passengers who do not board the vehicle within the five-minute wait time will be reported as a no-show.  When a passenger is a no-show, an additional bus will be sent only if time and space are available.

Topeka Metro will make reasonable modifications to its policies, practices, or procedures when necessary to provide equal access to all services for persons with disabilities.

Passengers who feel they have been denied a reasonable modification have the right to file a complaint.  These complaints will be investigated and resolved in the same manner as all other complaints.