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.
Transit drivers don’t have an easy job, they just make it look that way.
For hours on end, your driver manages to keep a schedule, check fares, give directions, announce stops, remember requests and more. All while safely maneuvering an extra-large vehicle through unpredictable traffic, tough weather conditions and some really tight spaces. Needless to say, they deserve our thanks!
National Transit Driver Appreciation Day has historically been celebrated on March 18, the date the first known bus service is believed to have been offered in 1662 in Paris, France. Topeka Metro has been celebrating, every March, along with other transits throughout the United States, for several years. We thank our bus operators internally, but we also want to encourage passengers and others to take a moment to say “Thank you,” to the people who get them where they need to go every day.
TOPEKA, KANSAS (February 17, 2020) — Hey, Families! The 8th Annual Spring Fling/Families Ride Free campaign is back by popular demand! Families can ride all fixed routes free of charge from Monday, March 9th through Saturday, March 14th, 2020. Topeka Metro partners with businesses throughout the city of Topeka to provide either free or discounted entertainment and food for families over spring break.
This is a great way to explore the city, spend quality family time together and ride the bus! A family must consist of 1-2 adults, plus at least 1 child under the age of 18. All family members must be present in order to ride free and receive discounts. Bus operators will have discount cards with Spring Fling offers to hand out to eligible bus passengers each day that the promotion is in effect. These offers are only good March 9-14, 2020. Discount cards may not be duplicated. Passengers must ride the bus to receive offers.
Here is the Spring 2020 list of participating businesses so far (and more to come!):
- Evel Knievel Museum – Buy one adult admission ($15), receive up to 2 children’s admission FREE
- Fuzzy’s Tacos – FREE chips & queso with any purchase
- Hazel Hill Chocolate – One FREE hand-dipped item
- Kansas Children’s Discovery Center – $1 off admission for each child or adult, up to 5 people
- Kansas History Museum – Discount $5 admission per person (Notice: Passengers must call 783-7000 when ready to leave the museum)
- Potwin Pottery – 2-for-1 studio fee (one per paid painter)
- Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library – FREE events, books and movies! Also check out the Sabatini Art Gallery, bookstore and Millenium Cafe. (Valid Library card necessary to check out books and movies)
- Topeka Zoo – Buy one adult admission and get one child’s free admission
TOPEKA, KAN. (January 21, 2020) — Topeka Metro bus passengers can now track the location of their bus in real-time. This can be done through the Internet or by downloading an app.
The name of the system is DoubleMap, which uses global positioning (GPS) to track the location of buses in real-time. By making this information available to passengers it makes using the system easier and less confusing to use. It also will help to cut down on phone calls to Topeka Metro’s customer service, allowing representatives to assist with other issues.
Some of the features are:
- Choosing which routes you want to view
- See the buses traveling in real time on a Google map
- Locations of each bus stop
- Save your favorite routes for easier access
- Rider alerts such as detours and delays
General Manager Robert Nugent said, “We are excited introducing this technology to our community as it will allow for easy access to information about our service in real-time.”
Nugent said that following the DoubleMap implementation, Topeka Metro will follow up with another system that will allow passengers to get real-time information by texting a designation number.
“This is all about customer service and helping make our service more user-friendly by putting it in the hands of the passenger. It saves time and instills passenger confidence as to when they can catch their bus.”
The Kansas Department of Transportation and the Federal Transportation Administration funded the grant for the Wi-Fi and DoubleMap app project.
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.
TOPEKA, KAN. (December 20, 2019) – Bus passengers are now able to surf, post, and tweet while they ride the bus. Topeka Metro recently introduced free Wi-Fi throughout its fleet of 26 fixed-route buses.
Topeka Metro is implementing Wi-Fi to improve the onboard experience for passengers as well as to pave the way for major technology enhancements. Additional technology upgrades will arrive in the first quarter of 2020. First, a smartphone app and online map that show real-time bus locations, routes, and stops will be launched. Wi-Fi on the bus allows passengers to access this information as they ride.
The second onboard technology project is Topeka Metro’s automatic interactive-response phone and text system that allows passengers to call or text a phone number to find out when their bus will be arriving at a given bus stop.
General Manager Robert Nugent said, “Free public Wi-Fi and ‘where’s my bus?’ technology are among the most often requested improvements to our service. We’re confident these will significantly improve the experience for our existing passengers, and we hope it will also help attract those who have not tried us out yet.”
These technology projects are funded by a grant received from The Kansas Department of Transportation and the Federal Transportation Administration. Topeka Metro is working with DoubleMap, a provider of innovative intelligent transportation system (ITS) for public transit and university systems. Keep watching for the rollout of our latest technology updates in 2020!
For route and schedule information, call (785) 783-7000 or visit www.topekametro.org
Due to road construction on West 10th Street between Fairlawn and Wanamaker, the outbound West 10th bus will be on regular route to 10th Street and Chatham. Turn south on Chatham to Huntoon, west on Huntoon to Wanamaker, south on Wanamaker. Back on route.
The inbound West 10th bus will be on regular route to Huntoon and Wanamaker. Turn east on Huntoon to Chatham, north on Chatham to West 10th, east on West 10th. Back on route.
NOTE: Passengers needing to access stops on Wanamaker between 10th and Huntoon will need to use the West 6th route.
To get the latest information ob this project #701015.00, visit this link: City of Topeka Traffic
Topeka Metro is implementing the Winter System Update December 1, 2019. Updates include elimination of the last hour of service on all routes. Some peak service has been eliminated also, as all peak service on the West 29th. Reduced fares will now be $35.
You can access the electronic Ride Guide online at this link. Printed Ride Guides will be distributed this week.
Please check the route you regularly take to plan your travel.
The following runs will be eliminated effective December 1, 2019:
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.
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!
Topeka Metro’s Long Range Transit Plan was approved by the Metropolitan Topeka Planning Organization Policy Board on March 28, 2019. Visit Topeka Metro’s Planning Page to download the report.