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

New Flyer electric bus visits Topeka Metro Feb. 19

TOPEKA, Kansas (February 19, 2019) — New Flyer, an electric bus manufacturer based in Winnepeg, Canada, is demonstrating its extended range Xcelsior Charge XE35  for Topeka Metro on Tuesday, February 19th.

Topeka Metro invites the community to ride the electric bus on Route #4 (California) from 8:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Following this, the bus will be staged at Quincy Street Station on Quincy Street until 3 p.m.  for public viewing.

Topeka Metro currently operates on 26 clean diesel buses.  The  Xcelsior Charge XE35 is a direct drive bus, so no transmission is required, which reduces cost, weight, maintenance and propulsion complexity vs diesel buses. New Flyer has over 50 years of experience manufacturing zero-emission buses in North America,  and the battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE bus is built to rely on for cities focused on sustainable, efficient, and connected transportation.

“Last fall, New Flyer reached out to Topeka Metro to showcase their electric bus in Topeka,” said Susan Duffy, general manager of Topeka Metro.  “We have had three electric bus companies exhibit their product to us over the last few years. We welcome New Flyer’s demonstration to better understand electric buses and the possibility of enhancing future public transit in our community,” said Susan Duffy.

#2 Kansas Ave route detour

Due to fire damage to northbound span of Kansas Avenue Bridge, the southbound span has been converted to two-way traffic with left turns prohibited on to, or off of, the Curtis Flyoff.

The outbound North Kansas bus will be on regular route to the Curtis Flyoff exit on the Kansas Avenue Bridge.  It will continue northbound on the bridge, bypassing the Topeka Rescue Mission.  Back on route.

Topeka Rescue Mission passengers wishing to travel outbound on the #2 North Kansas may walk to the regular outbound bus stops at either Quincy & Laurent or Morse & Kansas (alleyway before Kansas), or may  board the inbound #2 at the Rescue Mission bus stop and ride to Quincy Street Station.  Because the #2 North Kansas interlines with the #17 West 17th, passengers will need to de-board at Quincy Street Station and board the outbound #2 North Kansas.

Stuff the Bus brings in over 2,000 pounds of food for Project Topeka

Thank you to everyone who donated and volunteered for the “Stuff the Bus” event on February 2, 2019!  Topeka Metro employees were on hand at the Fairlawn Dillons location accepting non-perishable food items and monetary donations to benefit Project Topeka Community Food Drive.  This is an annual Topeka Metro tradition that takes place the first Saturday in February.

This year, Topeka Metro gathered 2,224 pounds, in addition to $146 in cash donations, which brought the total to 243 pounds more, for a GRAND TOTAL of 2,467 pounds donated! That is up over 600 pounds from last year!

Topeka Metro and the Amalgamated Transit Union #1360 would like to thank Dillons at Fairlawn Plaza for allowing us to park in front of the store. The food will go back to Topekans in need in our community.

Multiple Topeka Metro Bus Shelters Vandalized

TOPEKA, KAN. (January 30, 2019) – Over the past two weeks, five Topeka Metro bus shelters were vandalized with the glass panels being shot out from the street. Nearly a dozen shelters have been damaged in the past two months. These crimes are taking place during daytime and evening hours.

Topeka Metro Safety and Security Supervisor Tom Baumgartner said, “This is a senseless act. Once a panel is shot, the glass shatters and becomes a hazard. Having to replace the glass costs time and money.”

Topeka Metro and the Topeka Police Department need the help of our citizens to identify the individual(s) who are vandalizing the bus shelters.

Topeka Metro General Manager Susan Duffy said, “These shelters enable riders to get relief from the wind, rain or snow, and it is so frustrating when this happens. In order for us to catch these individuals we need the public to ‘See It, Say It’ and notify the police. Together, we can end this criminal activity.”

Topeka Police ask that any information on this series of criminal actions be reported to the Criminal Intelligence Unit (criminalintelligence@topeka.org) or Crimestoppers at 785-234-0007.

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New NETO Ride-to-Work Program Approved

Topeka Metro is excited to announce that as of December 12, 2018, JEDO approved a Ride-To-Work program for the north and east side of Topeka! This will cover select employers such as Goodyear, HF Mixing Group, JM Smucker, and all 5 Reser’s locations.

Schedule your ride with Capitol City Taxi to or from these businesses for $5 (per 1-way trip). Rides must start or end at one of the above-listed listed businesses. ADA-accessible trips provided.

Passengers MUST show an an associate ID to ride. ONLY cash is accepted. Capitol City Taxi will wait 5 minutes from the pick-up time before reporting a “no show.”

CALL CAPITOL CITY TAXI TODAY TO SCHEDULE YOUR RIDE! 785-215-1858

Thank you, JEDO for helping Topekans get to work!

Families Ride Free Dec. 22, 2018 – Jan. 5, 2019 – Winter Break!

The 6th Annual Winter Fling/Families Ride Free campaign is back by popular demand! Families can ride all fixed routes free of charge from December 22, 2018, through January 5, 2019. Topeka Metro partners with businesses throughout the city of Topeka to provide either free or discounted entertainment and food for families over the holiday break.

Families of at least one adult and one child (under age 18) can board the bus for free and obtain the coupons for family-friendly things to do in Topeka. You can access the poster here.

The 2018 Winter Fling business participants are as follows:

  • CiCi’s Pizza
  • Gage Bowl & West Ridge Lanes
  • Going Bonkers
  • Great Overland Station
  • Hazel Hill Chocolate
  • Holley Museum of Military History
  • Kansas Children’s Discovery Center
  • Kansas Museum of History
  • Potwin Pottery
  • Top Dog
  • Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
  • Topeka Zoo

Veterans Ride Free in November at Topeka Metro

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.

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Topeka Metro wins state and regional awards

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.

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