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

 


 

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

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.

Families Ride Free Dec. 23 – Jan 2

The 5th Annual Winter Fling/Families Ride Free campaign is back by popular demand! Families can ride all fixed routes free of charge from December 23, 2017, through January 2, 2018. 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 can board the bus for free and obtain the coupons for family-friendly things to do in Topeka.

The 2017 Winter Fling business participants are as follows:

  • CiCi’s Pizza
  • The Kansas Buffet Company
  • Gage Bowl
  • Great Overland Station
  • Holley Museum of Military History
  • Kansas Children’s Discovery Center
  • Kansas Museum of History
  • Potwin Pottery
  • Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
  • Topeka Zoo

Topeka Metro offers free ride day December 1st

TOPEKA, KANSAS (November 27, 2017) — Topeka Metro is offering a free ride day on all fixed routes on Friday, December 1st, in recognition of the 62nd anniversary of Rosa Parks’ action on a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama.

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in the “colored” section of a segregated city bus to a white passenger. Her act of civil disobedience, along with the ensuing Montgomery Bus Boycott, became part of the national Civil Rights Movement, which brought about sweeping change for African-Americans.

“Transit played a critical role in the Civil Rights Movement. It is important to continue to share Rosa Parks’ story and Topeka Metro is proud to recognize her efforts for the benefit of all people,” said Susan Duffy, General Manager of Topeka Metro. This is the third year of the Remember Rosa free ride campaign.

Combatting human trafficking in Kansas

TOPEKA – (November 16, 2017) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and the Kansas Public Transit Association have formed a new partnership to raise awareness and work to combat human trafficking in Kansas.

Schmidt yesterday was presented with a proclamation adopted by members of the Kansas Public Transit Association (KPTA) at their annual meeting in August urging all Kansas transits to become educated about human trafficking and slavery. The board members presented the resolution to Schmidt at the Capitol building.

“I commend the KPTA for making this issue a priority,” Schmidt said. “By combining forces with public transit agencies, we hope to raise awareness of human trafficking that occurs along our Kansas roads and highways. The public can also assist by reporting suspicious activity to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center’s hotline at 888-3737-888.”

As part of the new partnership, the attorney general’s office will train public transit operators and staff across the state on the signs of human trafficking and how to report it. The Topeka Metro will be the first transit authority trained next month.

“The KPTA has a role in identifying and preventing the continued trafficking of persons in Kansas. Increased awareness and education with our 90 member agencies across Kansas will help combat this form of slavery. We look forward to the education and training the attorney general’s office will be providing this next year,” said Susan Duffy, KPTA Board Chairman.

The KPTA was founded in 1981 by individuals and Kansas transit systems interested in promoting public transportation in Kansas. The KPTA has grown from 10 original members to 90 member agencies today. The mission of the KPTA is to promote public transportation in Kansas, promote the general welfare of its members, foster sound management of public transportation and encourage the exchange of ideas.

Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world. Signs of possible human trafficking can be found on the attorney general’s website at http://1.usa.gov/1VU0oNY.