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

Topeka Metro board votes on service and fare changes

TOPEKA, KAN. (August 21, 2019) – At the August 19, 2019, Topeka Metro board meeting, board members voted unanimously to keep its basic fare, paratransit fare, and a variety of other fares at the same level as the past year.  

“Many of our riders are the most financially at-risk citizens in our community,” said Topeka Metro Chair Jim Ogle. “They cannot afford a double-digit fare increase at this time.”

The board did vote to adjust one segment of fares. The 31-day reduced fare pass, dropped to $25 from $35 in 2017, will return to $35 starting December 1, 2019.

The board also voted to make several service changes including eliminating the last hour of service throughout the system. This provides the greatest amount of savings in the budget without eliminating service to any one part of the city. Topeka Metro is currently working on alternative transportation options for those passengers who currently use the last hour of service. If the board approves such options, they could be available in time for the December 1st changes. Topeka Metro will reduce the number of routes and times that peak service will run as part of the cost-saving moves.

The board welcomes the community task force that is working through the United Way to create a possible path forward for bike share in Topeka. Topeka Metro is looking at several cost-saving moves that could allow bike share to continue until at least the end of the fiscal year June 30, 2020, in order to give the task force time to complete its work. In the meantime, Topeka Metro is looking for proposals from bike share companies to operate the bikes with more up-to-date tracking equipment at a significant lower cost.

“We believe we are moving closer to finding a sustainability path forward for bike share,” Ogle said. “With the work of the bike share task force and the moves we are taking, we hope to advance a plan that makes bike share bottom line neutral going forward.”

Robert Nugent named as Topeka Metro General Manager

TOPEKA, KAN. (August 19, 2019) – The Topeka Metro board of directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert “Bob” Nugent as the new general manager.

With over thirty years in the transit industry, Nugent has worked in both the public and private sectors. He currently serves as the public transit administrator for the City of Lawrence, Kansas, and has been in that position since 2009.

Prior to his position in Lawrence, Nugent worked in the public sector for the City of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority, and the Transit Authority of River City in Louisville, Kentucky. In the private sector, he spent several years working as a consultant and independent contractor in large cities such as New York City, Chicago, Seattle, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Las Vegas and Tampa.

In these positions, he has gained considerable experience in both fixed route and paratransit aspects of public transportation, including demand management, planning, scheduling, marketing, service operations and customer service.

Some of Nugent’s accomplishments while at Lawrence Transit:

  • Increased overall ridership 250%
  • Implemented first alternative powered (hybrid) vehicles in Kansas
  • Implemented late night service to address employment issues
  • Implemented mobile tools to provide real-time bus information for users of the service
  • Guided Lawrence Transit to a seamless and fully coordinated service with the University of Kansas service

Currently, Nugent represents Lawrence Transit in the Kansas Public Transportation Association. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Nugent has degrees from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) and the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

“Topeka Metro has made great strides over the last few years to focus their energies on current and future services,” said Nugent. “I am extremely excited to join a great team of professionals and the many partners of Topeka Metro in continuing these efforts while striving to achieve the full potential of the organization.”

Nugent will assume his new position with Topeka Metro in early October 2019.

USD 501 offers students Topeka Metro bus passes

The Topeka Unified School District 501 board has allowed for Topeka Metro bus passes for both middle and high school students for the 2019-20 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. Students can ride Topeka Metro fixed route buses before and after school hours, too! It’s a great way to get to work, shopping or hanging out with friends. Check our schedule on www.topekametro.org.

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.

It’s Orange Cone Season Again!

As the weather warms up, we all know that the street construction kicks into full swing to repair our streets. Dealing with detours can be frustrating, but please remember, we are all in this together! We recommend that as a bus passenger, as you plan your travel for the day, look ahead on on our website or social media channels to see if your route will be affected.  Some projects will be in effect for weeks, and you can count on those streets not being passable for a while.

A few of the intersections that have begun construction are SW Gage Blvd, between 25th and 29th Streets and SE 37th & Adams.

Our tips in dealing with Orange Cone Season is to do the following:

  • PLAN for extra commute time!
  • SLOW DOWN if you are walking to the bus, driving in traffic or especially in a work zone!
  • WATCH out for workers!
  • IMAGINE the smooth streets we will all have once construction is complete!

WE ALL RIDE TOGETHER!

 

Unsafe to chase the bus

Beginning April 1, 2019, bus operators will NO LONGER STOP to pick up passengers once the bus has pulled away from the boarding area.

Safety is the top priority at Topeka Metro for our passengers, employees, property and the general public.

Topeka Metro’s buses are scheduled to depart Quincy Street Station at :15 and :45 after the hour. It is the passenger’s responsibility to make sure that they are at the boarding area with their fare and ID ready by the designated bus departure times.

Many times, passengers are sitting inside Quincy Street Station, purchasing a pass, or at the designated smoking location when the bus closes its doors. As the bus departs the boarding area, these passengers run through the lot waving their arms and attempt to get the operator’s attention. Many run into the path of the bus. The bus then blocks other buses departing the station. Topeka Metro cannot condone this unsafe behavior.

#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!