Since the summer of 2013, Topeka Metro has offered bus transportation at no cost on all fixed routes to youth ages 18 and under. Topeka Metro is launching this popular promotion beginning May 15 though August 15.
“Having a Kids Ride Free initiative is a huge plus for Topeka youth,” said Topeka Metro General Manager Susan Duffy. “This provides a safe, reliable way for kids in our community to get to where they need to go during the summer months while saving money. They can ride the bus to the pools, head to the mall, meet their friends or visit grandparents.”
Duffy said that learning to ride public transit is a life skill that can greatly benefit youth. In fiscal year 2017, Topeka Metro provided 42,728 rides to Topeka kids. “This summer we want kids to get out of the house and experience Topeka!”
Maps and time points for routes are posted on Topeka Metro’s website and in all of the Topeka Metro shelters. For questions or help with trip planning, call Topeka Metro Customer Service at 785-783-7000.
Because of Vice President Pence’s motorcade @ Topeka Blvd. around Kansas Expocentre, Topeka Metro is prohibited from passing through, & routes #17 & #21 are impacted. We apologize for the inconvenience. We will keep you updated if situation changes. 10/19/18
TOPEKA, KAN. (October 1, 2018) – Each November, Topeka Metro honors veterans with our Vets Ride Free promotion, where active duty military personnel and veterans can ride the Topeka Metro fixed route service for free all month. Any veteran boarding the fixed route bus just needs to show the bus operator their military ID.
Valid identification includes:
- Military ID
- Driver’s License with “VETERAN” or “MILITARY” stamp on it
- Form DD-214
- Veteran’s Identification Card (VIC)
- Service is available to all branches of the U.S. Military: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy. All of Topeka Metro fixed route buses are A.D.A. accessible.
Topeka Metro general manager Susan Duffy said, “We want the veterans in our community to know how appreciative we are and thank them for their service. This offer is for both active and retired military personnel.”
The poster is available here for downloading.
TOPEKA, KAN. (August 2018) – Topeka Metro won several awards at the Kansas Public Transit Association (KPTA) Annual Meeting & Expo in Salina, August 6-8, 2018.
The 2018 Transit of the Year award was presented to Topeka Metro for the following:
- Expanding routes and service hours;
- Magnifying the popular bikeshare program;
- Beginning a long-range transit plan to help guide the next 10 years of transit in Topeka;
- Working toward 100% accessible bus stops;
- Collaborating with the local school district to get bus passes to every child;
- Offering free ride programming for special days and events;
- Collaborating with other agencies for last-mile and late night service; and
- A history of continuous participation in the MPO’s transportation activities.
KPTA also presented the Willie M. Murphy Award, which went to Topeka Metro General Manager Susan Duffy. This award is recognition of her extraordinary dedication and contributions to public transit by providing distinguished service to the entire Kansas public transportation community.
Topeka Metro was also recognized on July 26, 2018, at the South West Transit Association (SWTA) 31st Annual SPOTLIGHT Awards for transit marketing excellence. The awards were a part of the two-day Annual Transit Marketing Workshop held at the Aloft Hotel in Oklahoma City.
The 2018 SPOTLIGHT Award Category lll, which consists of transit agencies with more than one million passenger trips annually, was presented to Topeka Metro. This award honors outstanding work for a total transit marketing campaign, which includes mixed-media showing a unifying strategy, purpose or theme, and is typically an awareness-building or educational campaign.
Topeka Metro’s award entry was for the 2017-18 Topeka USD 501 bus pass promotion and earned 1st place. The goal of the campaign was to inform students and parents that Topeka Metro is a reliable transportation solution to get to school, help the district cut down on truancy, and to boost student ridership. Ridership increased with USD 501 students by 40% in 2017-18 versus the previous school year.
The Topeka Metropolitan Transit Authority (Topeka Metro) was created in 1973 by a vote of the city residents. Over the past four decades, Topeka Metro has grown from a small, privately owned bus service into a transportation solution provider, exploring and implementing transportation opportunities that enhance the social, economic and environmental well-being of the Topeka community. Topeka Metro provided more than 1.2 million passenger trips in Fiscal Year 2018. For more information, see our website at www.topekametro.org.
This spring, we asked about changes to the bus service. Here’s what YOU told us–click HERE.
Now we need details – Sunday service or more routes? Later evening service or more frequent buses? And you get to buy $1.5 million in bus services in our online game! It only takes a few minutes and your responses are valued and taken into serious consideration. Once this process is done, we will be sharing the findings with you and Topeka city officials. Access the survey HERE.
Visit Quincy Street Station to pick up a new Ride Guide, or download the PDF here.
Go to Routes and Detours to view a particular route on our website.
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.
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.
Effective Monday, January 15, 2018 — the Topeka Metro bus will no longer be picking up and dropping off on the south side of the building. The new temporary bus stop location is staged at the northeast corner of Walmart’s parking lot. A temporary set-up will be in place until Walmart approves a permanent stop location on their site.
Walmart has required Topeka Metro to relocate the current bus stop due to construction for their online grocery pickup area. We have established a temporary bus stop at the northeast corner for passengers. Signage will be posted and watch for updates on our social media and website.
Topeka apologizes for the inconvenience to our passengers.