USD 501 middle school and high school students ride free on Topeka Metro!

The Topeka Unified School District 501 board has allowed for Topeka Metro bus passes for both middle and high school students for the 2018-19 school year. The middle schools included are Chase, Eisenhower, Landon and Robinson.

USD 501 school students should obtain a pass from their individual school office.  Students need to know that they must present their pass to the bus operator when boarding the bus, and if their ID is lost or stolen, they should report it to their school office.

For route information, please see our Routes & Detours page. Questions about where to get on and off the bus can be directed to customer service at Topeka Metro at 730-7000. Questions regarding passes should be directed to individual school offices.

Topeka Metro General Manager Susan Duffy said, “Topeka Metro supports our schools, and believes this is what we should be offering to our community–fully integrating our community with public bus service.”

Kids RIDE FREE May 15 – Aug 15, 2018 – NOW EXTENDED TO AUG. 20!

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.

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

We need your input for our MetroQuest Survey!

In March 2018, Topeka launched a fun, interactive survey to obtain top priorities and feedback regarding our transit service.  That was Part 1 of the process and now we are launching Part 2, which narrows down the results of the input previously received. To structure our Long-Range Transit Plan, Topeka Metro will be asking you for your wants and needs in another interactive survey. 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

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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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.

Walmart West bus stop moved

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.

Reduced fare passholders without ID will be required to pay full fare

Beginning Monday, January 15, 2018, passengers who do not show a Topeka Metro Reduced Fare ID upon boarding will need to pay FULL FARE. Passengers will NO LONGER be allowed to ride at the reduced fare without the proper ID.

  • If you need to obtain a reduced fare ID, please visit Quincy Street Station customer service during operating hours to get an application for reduced fare.
  • The applications are also available online here.
  • The first ID is free, and replacement IDs are $2 each after that.

Call QSS customer service at 783-7000 if you have any questions.

Get your annual Topeka Metro Bus & Bike pass today

The Topeka Metro Annual Bus & Bike pass is a combination pass for a great price at $300. It can only be purchased at Quincy Street Station where the passenger’s picture will be taken and placed on the bus pass. This pass is good for unlimited rides on the fixed route for 12 months after the first use on the bus.

In addition, passengers will receive a 12-month Topeka Metro Bikes bikeshare membership. The bikeshare portion is good one year from date of purchase. Those who purchase the Annual Bus/Bike pass are given their plastic bus pass and must sign-up for the bikeshare the same day. The purchaser must provide a credit or debit card to register for the TMB pass. If the purchaser chooses not to sign-up for the bikeshare program at that time, that membership is waived. The bikeshare cannot be purchased on a different day/week.

Visit the customer service counter staff at Quincy Street Station for more information

Topeka Metro awarded Bicycle Friendly Business status

WASHINGTON, DC (December 20, 2017) — Today, the League of American Bicyclists recognized Topeka Metropolitan Transit Authority (Topeka Metro) with Silver designation award as a Bicycle Friendly BusinessSM (BFBSM) award.

With the announcement of 58 new and renewing BFBs today, Topeka Metro joins 1,118 current Bicycle Friendly Businesses, made up of local businesses, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies in all 50 states and Washington, DC, that are transforming the workplace.

“The League of American Bicyclists is excited to recognize this latest group of new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses for making their workplaces and communities safer, happier, healthier, and more sustainable through bicycling,” said Amelia Neptune, Director of the Bicycle Friendly America Program. “We applaud Topeka Metro for leading the charge in creating a more bicycle-friendly America for everyone.”

Topeka Metro encourages bicycling as an easy option for transportation and provides amenities such as bike racks inside the garage for employees, and racks for the public. “I ride to work almost every day. As a bus operator, I enjoy the exercise after 8 hours in the driver’s seat,” said Efren Mazas, Topeka Metro bus operator.

Moving forward, Topeka Metro will have access to a variety of tools and technical assistance from the League to become even more bicycle-friendly. When our employees bike, great things happen: A healthier staff, decreased carbon footprint, and a fun and fit work culture.

To apply or learn more about the BFB program, visit the League online at www.bikeleague.org/business.