Topeka Metro now has Wi-Fi on fixed route buses

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

Road Construction on W. 10th Route

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

 

 

Winter System Route Updates begin Dec. 1, 2019

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.

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.