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 System Update Goes Into Effect Aug. 9, 2020

TOPEKA, KANSAS (August 5, 2020) — The latest Ride Guides for the Topeka Metro are available this week for passengers who need one. The only changes are time points on the following routes:

  • #2 North Kansas
  • #5 Indiana
  • #7 Washburn
  • #17 West 17th

Be sure to load the DoubleMap app on your phone or on your computer. It’s a real-time bus tracker that will help you find out when and where your bus will arrive or depart.  For the app, you can download it on Apple iTunes or Google Play. For the website, go to https://topekametro.doublemap.com/map

Topeka Metro Bikes program ends July 30, 2020

TOPEKA, KANSAS (July 30, 2020) — At its June 29, 2020 board meeting, the Topeka Metro board of directors made the decision to cease operations of the Topeka Metro Bikes (TMB) bikeshare program effective July 30, 2020.  All bikeshare fees have been eliminated as of July 16, 2020.

We appreciate your loyalty and dedication to using Topeka Metro Bikes. We are proud to have been the first bikeshare program in Kansas, which started in 2015 with 100 bikes and had a total 0f 300 when the program ended.  We are thankful to Capitol Federal for their generous sponsorship and we want to acknowledge our TMB staff who have been dedicated to bikeshare in Topeka.  We know this is a disappointment to many, however, it is our sincere hope that the Topeka community will have another active bike share program again. It was our pleasure to serve you.

For current annual and monthly memberships, we will refund the entire membership fee – $25 for annual and $5 for monthly.  For the pay-as-you-go members, we will refund any credit balances. Please note that the Topeka Metro Bikes website will be de-activated as well as our social media pages.

We request that you return any Topeka Metro bikeshare program bicycle to a Topeka Metro bikeshare program bike rack by July 31, 2020.  You may direct any questions regarding the bikeshare program to Richard Appelhanz at rappelhanz@topekametro.org.

Thank you again and best wishes,

Respectfully,

Robert Nugent
Topeka Metro General Manager
on behalf of Topeka Metro Bikes

Topeka Metro continues efforts to address COVID-19 by waiving fares in August

TOPEKA, KANSAS (July 22, 2020) — At their July 20 meeting, the Topeka Metro board of directors voted unanimously to waive fares and require passengers to use rear door entry through the end of August. Those who ride the fixed buses and require the ramp, or need the bus lowered, may do so through the front entry doors.

The board voted to take this action to continue to protect the health and safety of both our bus operators and bus passengers. These measures will be in place until August 31, 2020.

Passengers are required to wear a face mask when riding the bus. Topeka Metro expects passengers to be responsible and to have their own mask to protect themselves and others. The mask requirement went into effect on Thursday, July 9, 2020 and will be in place until further notice. Topeka Metro also encourages and will impose social distancing requirements in the lobby at Quincy Street Station, at bus stops and in the bus waiting areas in the Quincy Street Station lot.

Masks Required on Topeka Metro Buses

TOPEKA, KANSAS (July 7, 2020) — As of Thursday, July 2, 2020, Governor Laura Kelly signed an executive order effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 3, 2020, requiring that any person in Kansas shall cover their mouth and nose with a mask or other face covering when they are inside, or in line to enter, any indoor public space, waiting for or riding on public transportation or while in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle, and while outdoors in public spaces and unable to maintain a 6-foot distance between individuals (not including individuals who reside together).

On Monday, July 6, 2020, the Shawnee County Commission created their own mask mandate for Shawnee County that requires everyone 10 and older to wear facial coverings beginning at 12:01 a.m. Thursday in indoor and outdoor public places where social distancing cannot be achieved.

In response to these mask mandates, Topeka Metro requires that persons at the Quincy Street Station, and customers riding the bus and waiting at bus stops all wear face masks. Topeka Metro expects passengers to be responsible and to have their own mask to protect themselves and others. The mask requirement will go into effect on Thursday, July 9, 2020. Topeka Metro also encourages and will impose social distancing requirements in the lobby at Quincy Street Station, at bus stops and in the bus waiting areas in the Quincy Street Station lot.

Children under the age of 10-years-old are exempt from the mask requirement. Children under the age of 2-years-old should not wear a mask. Children between the ages of 2 and 10-years-old are encouraged to wear a mask with adult assistance and close supervision. Persons with a medical or mental health condition or disability that prevents wearing a mask are exempt from the mask requirement. So are persons who are unconscious, incapacitated or are unable to remove the mask without assistance.

In the governor’s executive order, the definition of “mask or other face covering” means a covering of the nose and mouth that is secured to the head with ties, straps, or loops over the ears or is simply wrapped around the lower face. A mask or other face covering can be made of a variety of synthetic and natural fabrics, including cotton, silk, or linen. Ideally, a mask or other face covering has two or more layers. A mask or other face covering may be factory-made, sewn by hand, or can be improvised from household items such as scarfs, bandanas, t-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels.

PROTECT OTHERS – WEAR A MASK. THANK YOU!

Topeka Metro Bikes at Quincy Street Station bike rack

Topeka Metro Bikes program ends July 30, 2020

TOPEKA, KAN. (June 30, 2020) – At its June 29, 2020 board meeting, Topeka Metro board members made the decision to cease operation of the Topeka Metro Bikes (TMB) bikeshare program effective July 30, 2020. A year ago, the board approved creating a community task force to find solutions to continue the bike share program in Topeka, whether it remained with Topeka Metro or not.

Topeka Metro sought cost proposals from bike share companies for operational management and to equip the bikes with more up-to-date tracking technology at a significantly lower cost than in the past. Topeka Metro located a vendor that was willing to take over the maintenance and operations of the program, however, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a delay in moving forward, then in May, the company said they would no longer be providing bike share services for Topeka Metro.

Topeka Metro and the community task force were not able to find another viable option for Topeka Metro to continue operating the program, and subsequently, the board voted unanimously to end bike operations as of July 30, 2020.

Topeka Metro Bikes began in April 2015. Thank you again, to the TMB members and especially to Capitol Federal, who was a generous sponsor and advocate of the bikeshare program. We also thank the dedicated staff of TMB who have such a passion for bikeshare and cycling in our community.

Topeka Metro continues COVID-19 safety procedures

TOPEKA, KAN. (June 22, 2020) – At the June 19, 2020 Topeka Metro committee meeting, the board of directors voted to extended social distancing measures to help keep bus operators and passengers safe.

Topeka Metro continues to enact safety procedures followed by many transit agencies throughout the country, as well as follow health guidelines from the CDC and local health department to protect customers and employees. This includes requiring rear door entry to the fixed route buses for anyone who does not require the ramp or need the bus lowered. ADA customers can board from the front. Fares are also waived for all fixed route and paratransit buses through the month of July. This will assist with social distancing challenges that bus operators face when working closely with passengers during trips.

Topeka Metro General Manager Bob Nugent said, “Although the stay-at-home order has been removed, we want to remind people that COVID-19 is still active. To help prevent the spread of possible infection, we are asking passengers to wear masks and maintain social distancing whenever possible.”

Nugent added, “We have made every effort to provide solutions to protect the health of our employees and passengers, while continuing the mobility needs of our community. Our #1 priority is safety for all while traveling.”

Topeka Metro launches next phase of bus tracking app

TOPEKA, KAN. (May 13, 2020) — In January of this year, Topeka Metro launched a new real-time bus tracker app that allows passengers to track the location of their bus. The app and website, DoubleMap, has allowed passengers to find their bus, receive important notices, and view the buses in real-time.

The latest feature enables passengers to access arrival estimates via SMS text messaging. The phone number provided on each bus stop sign can also be called from a phone to get arrival information.  Each Topeka Metro bus stop has an assigned specific ID posted, which passengers can send to a designated DoubleMap number for an estimated time of arrival within seconds. This enhances the user experience for the bus passenger and helps reduce customer service calls at Quincy Street Station.

General Manager Robert Nugent said, “We’ve had positive feedback from those who have used the DoubleMap app and website. This latest capability will add a few more tools to allow the passenger to quickly get the information they need when taking the bus.”

The website to access Topeka Metro’s DoubleMap is http://topekametro.doublemap.com/map/. The app can be located in iTunes or Google Play under DoubleMap.

Bus passengers asked to wear face masks on bus

Topeka Metro is encouraging all bus passengers to wear a mask when riding the bus. It is not mandatory, but when in public, it helps to fight the spread of coronavirus.

Governor Laura Kelly recommended all Kansans wear face masks while out in public, saying new evidence suggests some people without COVID-19 symptoms can transmit the virus before getting sick.

Because of that, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommends Kansans use cloth face coverings while in public. Also attached is a link to the KDHE’s website with information about masks.

Bus operators are heroes too

TOPEKA, KAN. (April 13, 2020) With all the talk of the heroes in our community, state and country regarding healthcare workers, police, fire, and grocery store personnel braving the Coronavirus pandemic, a group that is overlooked are the public transit operators. Topeka Metro acknowledges the dedication of our bus operators coming in each day to transport those in the city who rely so heavily on public transportation. Especially during this time that we are all facing as a nation, these employees deserve recognition as well.

Topeka Metro General Manager Bob Nugent said, “In the difficult times we have been facing it is amazing to see the dedication and professionalism of our drivers and staff. To countless people in our community, they are the vital link to essentials such as food and medical services.”

Recently, Topeka Metro implemented free fares on all fixed route buses and directed those who do not need a ramp or are using a wheelchair to board at the rear entrance of the bus. This was an extra measure taken to help prevent close contact with the public and encourage social distancing on the buses.  Topeka Metro has our buses deep cleaned every evening and has provided gloves, hand sanitizer, wipes and tissues for each bus operator. Our entire staff have been practicing social distancing at Quincy Street Station and our administrative office, including our break rooms.

Topeka Metro is proud of the service we provide to our community, and we want to make sure that the bus operators receive appreciation for their part in putting themselves at risk during this pandemic.

“I ask everyone to join with me in offer thanks to these great people. They are true heroes,” said Nugent.

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COVID-19 Rules for Fixed Route Buses

  • If you feel ill or have COVID-19 symptoms, DO NOT ride the bus! Call your health care provider first or the emergency room before you travel anywhere. If you do ride the bus, you could infect others.
  • Essential trips only. Idle riding is not permitted.
  • Social distancing – please try to keep at least 6 feet in-between you and others while you are in Quincy Street Station, waiting to board the bus or if you can, while on the bus.
  • Passengers are only to be inside Quincy Street Station if they are purchasing media, using the ticket vending machine, or using the restroom.  Passengers are to maintain 6 feet distance and leave the facility after completing their business.
  • Personal hygiene – Make sure that when you cough that you cough into your elbow and not your hand. If you sneeze, please use a tissue or handkerchief. Throw away tissues as soon as you can. Please do not toss them on the bus floor.
  • Washing hands for at least 20 seconds after using the restroom, sneezing or coughing or when you have touched your face.  We realize that is not always possible to do right away, but if you have hand sanitizer or wipes, those will do until you can get to some soap and water.
  • Remember to regularly sanitize touchable surfaces such as cell phones, electronics, phones, remote controls, door knobs, counters, etc.
  • We will allow people to pick up to-go food at restaurants, however, the food must be wrapped up so as not to spill and the food may not be eaten on the bus.
  • Since Shawnee County is under a “Safer at Home” order until April 30th, trips must be for medical appointments, to obtain groceries or other essential goods. See the Shawnee County order and list of essential services at this website:   https://www.snco.us/HD/Document/media%20releases/03252020_safer_at_home_FAQ.pdf