Dump the Pump on June 21 with Topeka Metro!

On June 21, 2018, American Public Transportation Association (APTA), and public transportation systems across the country will celebrate the 13th Annual National Dump the Pump Day. Sponsored by APTA, the 2018 National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation and to take them where they need to go, instead of driving a car. Topeka Metro will be offering FREE rides all day on June 21st on all fixed route buses.

Started in June 2006 when gas prices were $3 per gallon, this national day emphasizes that public transportation is a convenient travel option that also helps people save money. According to the May APTA Transit Savings Report​​​, individuals in a two-person household can save an average of more than $10,134 annually by downsizing to one car.

However, public transportation doesn’t just help people save money, it also helps communities grow and prosper.  For example, for every $1 invested in public transportation, $4 is returned in economic returns.  So, riding public transportation helps people and their communities!

Topeka Metro Invites the Public to Envision the Future of Bus Service

TOPEKA, KANSAS (March 27, 2018) – Topeka Metro is conducting an online survey to gather public feedback about the direction of future transit plans. This brief interactive survey asks Topekans to share their priorities for services, routes, bus stop improvements, bus stop accessibility, and technology. The survey also includes an interactive map where current bus stops needing attention can be chosen.

Adam Weigel, Director of Service Planning for Topeka Metro, is enthusiastic about the new interactive survey. “Our goal is always to provide the best service for the people of Topeka. Knowing what changes are most important helps us plan strategic improvements for the next 5 to 10 years. With this new survey, Topekans can build their own vision of transit services and share it with us.  As we start our long-term planning process, updating the available transportation options to meet Topeka’s needs is important to the health and livelihood of the city.” The survey can be accessed at www.topekametro.org/survey.

This survey is part of Topeka Metro’s first ever Long-Range Transit Planning process for the City of Topeka.

In addition to the survey, an Interactive Public Workshop will be held April 10, 2018, at the Topeka/Shawnee County Library’s Marvin Auditorium, from 6-8 pm. Shuttle service is available to any attendee of the open house that needs a ride home.

For additional information, please contact Susan Duffy at sduffy@topekametro.org or Adam Weigel at aweigel@topekametro.org or by phone at (785) 730-8625.

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Topeka Metro provides $5 Rides to South Topeka Workforce

Call Capitol City Taxi today to schedule your ride: (785) 215-1858.

Topeka Metro, Capitol City Taxi, and the Joint Economic Development Organization (JEDO) have partnered to provide affordable rides to work for employees at 6 companies in South Topeka. Employees of Frito Lay, Bimbo Bakeries, Home Depot, Target, Maximus, and Mars can call Capitol City Taxi to schedule 1-way rides to or from work for $5. Rides to work must be booked at least 12 hours in advance, but return rides home can be requested on-demand to provide flexibility if your workday is longer than anticipated. Standing trips may be reserved if you travel to work at the same time every day.

Passengers must show their associate ID from one of the six listed businesses above, and only cash will be accepted. Capitol City Taxi will wait 5 minutes from the scheduled pick-up time before reporting a “No Show.” A pattern of No Shows may result in the passenger not being able to use the service.

Call Capitol City Taxi today to schedule your ride: (785) 215-1858

Topeka Metro bus routes to summer meal site locations

Topeka Metro has partnered with the City of Topeka to provide a comprehensive list of known meal sites for youth in Topeka this summer.  Topeka Metro, Topeka Unified School District 501, Harvesters, Kansas Appleseed and the United Way of Greater Topeka as well as the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library are part of a local coalition the effort in getting the word out to Topeka families where to locate free meal programs.  

Topeka Metro’s annual Kids Ride Free promotion is in effect through August 15th. All youth 18 and under can ride the fixed routes at no charge.

Click on the links below to access:

Map of the Shawnee County 201 Summer Meal Sites with Topeka Metro routes

List of 2018 Summer Food Service Program Sites in Topeka

 

Topeka Metro swim shuttle makes new aquatic center available to all Topekans

TOPEKA, KAN. – To make Shawnee County Parks + Recreation’s newest aquatic center accessible to more people across the community, Topeka Metro is introducing a special shuttle service from Quincy Street Station to Midwest Health Aquatic Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays June 7 through Aug. 9. As part of Topeka Metro’s Kids Ride Free program, youth aged 18 and under will be able to board the shuttle starting at noon, ride to the aquatic center and swim for 3.5 hours and then ride the bus back to Quincy Street Station by 4:20 p.m. to catch another bus to their home bus stop.

“Our parks and aquatic centers are for the enjoyment of everyone in the community,” said John Knight, Shawnee County Parks + Recreation director. “While there is not a regular bus route as far west as 21st and Urish, this generous contribution by Topeka Metro means that youth from across our community will have access to our newest and exciting aquatic center.”

“When the Midwest Health Aquatic Center opened in 2016, we often heard from youth who lamented that they would not be able to attend Midwest Aquatic Center because it was so far from where they live and the buses did not provide service in that area,” said Topeka Metro General Manager Susan Duffy. “At Topeka Metro, our mission is to be a transportation solution provider, and with us coming into our 6th year of promoting Kids Ride Free, we thought we could incorporate a swim shuttle for kids who wouldn’t otherwise have access to such a wonderful water park.”

While the Topeka Metro shuttle makes Midwest Health Aquatic Center geographically accessible, Central Mechanical Construction Company has stepped forward to make it financially accessible by sponsoring the pilot program. A $2,500 donation made to the Shawnee County Parks and Recreation Foundation will cover admission costs for the introduction of the program. Regular admission is $8 for adults and $7 for youths age 2 and over.

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Public Employees Ride Free May 7 – 12, 2018

Since 1985, Public Service Recognition Week has been celebrated the first week of May, and organized annually to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees. “Public Employees Ride FREE,” the week of May 7th through 12th at Topeka Metro, and a work ID must be shown to the bus driver when boarding the bus. This promotion is for fixed routes only. We thank those who serve our government–local, state and federal!

Give the Earth a Break on April 23 — Celebrating Earth Day!

To celebrate Earth Day, Topeka Metro will offer FREE rides on the fixed routes all day, MONDAY, APRIL 23rd. Vouchers or tickets are not required to board the bus.

Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 and is now a global event, with nearly 200 countries participating annually on April 22. Using public transit is the perfect way to acknowledge Earth Day while contributing to the health of the environment. Topeka Metro is closed on April 22, so we will be celebrating on Monday, April 23rd all day

“A full Metro bus can carry 40+ people,” said Susan Duffy, General Manager of Topeka Metro. “Imagine taking that many cars off the city streets for every bus on the road. That’s a whole lot of cars—and a lot of tailpipe emissions that aren’t adding to the environmental load.” Topeka Metro Bikes are another inexpensive alternative to driving to work and they are easy to ride! Please encourage your co-workers, family and friends to ride the bus on Monday, April 23rd and give Earth a break!

Topeka Metro Celebrates Local Volunteers

Volunteers Ride FREE April 16 – 21, 2018

In conjunction with National Volunteer Week, Topeka Metro will celebrate local volunteers by offering free rides April 16th through April 21st. Volunteers will receive unlimited free rides on the fixed routes and Lift passengers will receive up to two free rides per day.

Volunteers must present a volunteer photo ID to the bus operator upon boarding. If a photo ID is not available, passengers may present a letter acknowledging their volunteer service along with an alternate photo ID upon boarding. The letter must be on company letterhead and signed by a company official.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of many agencies in Topeka. We want to honor those who donate their time and effort to volunteer to help others in our community,” said Topeka Metro General Manager Susan Duffy.

So, hop on the bus and take a FREE ride on Topeka Metro the week of April 16th! For route and schedule information, visit or contact Customer Service at 783-7000.

Families Ride Free March 19-24th!

TOPEKA, KAN. (March 14, 2018) – The 6th Annual Spring Fling/Families Ride Free campaign is back by popular demand! Families can ride all fixed routes free of charge from Monday, March 19th through Saturday, March 24th, 2018. Topeka Metro partners with businesses throughout the city of Topeka to provide either free or discounted entertainment and food for families over spring break.

A family must consist of 1-2 adults, plus at least 1 child under the age of 18. All family members must be present in order to ride free and receive discounts. Passengers must ride the bus to receive offers. Bus operators will have cards with Spring Fling offers to hand out to eligible bus passengers each day that the promotion is in effect. 1 card per family, and cards may not be reproduced.

For questions, call 783-7000 or email info@topekametro.org.

Participating Businesses are:

  • Dandelions Arts & Crafts
  • Evel Knievel Museum
  • Fuzzy’s Taco Shop
  • Gage Bowl
  • Hazel Hill Chocolate
  • Holley Museum of Military History
  • Kansas Children’s Discovery Center
  • Kansas Museum of History
  • The Kansas Buffet Company
  • Potwin Pottery
  • Topeka Zoo
  • Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library

A copy of the flyer to download is available here

 

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE

Topeka Metro will host four public meetings to present proposed route changes for Spring/Summer 2018 and long-range planning ideas. Members of the public are encouraged to attend to offer input on transit service proposals. No rate increases are proposed.

Comments will also be accepted through Friday, February 23, 2018, in person at Quincy Street Station on (820 SE Quincy St.), via telephone at 785-783-7000, via fax at 785-354-8476, via website at www.topekametro.org, and via regular mail.

>>>>>Slides of the posters that are displayed at these meetings can be accessed here.

The meeting dates and times are as follows:

FIRST MEETING

When:                 Friday, February 16, 2018 — 7 am to 9 am

Where:                Topeka Metro’s Quincy Street Station Lobby, 820 SE Quincy St., Topeka

 

SECOND MEETING

When:                 Monday, February 19, 2018 — 11 am to 1 pm

Where:                Topeka Metro’s Quincy Street Station Lobby, 820 SE Quincy St., Topeka

 

THIRD MEETING

When:                 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 — 4 pm to 6 pm

Where:                Topeka & Shawnee Co. Public Library Rotunda, 1515 SW 10th Avenue, Topeka

 

FOURTH MEETING

When:                 Thursday, February 22, 2018 — 5 pm to 7 pm

Where:                Avondale East–HiCrest NIA Meeting, 455 SE Golf Park Blvd., Topeka

 


 

Stuff the Bus to benefit Project Topeka

TOPEKA, KAN. (January 26, 2017) – Topeka Metro and the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) #1360 come together on Saturday, February 3, 2018, to accept donated food items for the annual “Stuff the Bus” event.

Stuff the Bus involves the ATU #1360 bus operators who volunteer their time to gather canned goods, non-perishable food items and cash donations to benefit Project Topeka. On February 3rd from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., a Topeka Metro bus will be staged just outside the entrance of Dillons at Fairlawn Plaza (5311 SW 22nd Place). Bus operators will be on hand outside to take food donations to be placed on the bus. All donated canned goods and non-perishable items are transported directly to Project Topeka when the event ends.  A total of 1,365 pounds of food was gathered last year.

“This collaboration to help Project Topeka has been in place for many years,” said Topeka Metro General Manger Susan Duffy. “We thank all who generously donate.  It is a small gesture that has a big impact on people in our community in need.  We are also grateful to Dillons Stores, who have been a great partner in this endeavor.”

Topeka Metro and the ATU #1360 encourage Dillons shoppers to purchase something extra to donate to help those in need and drop it off on the bus.  All food will be distributed in the Topeka area.