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.


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.”


Thank you, JEDO for helping Topekans get to work!

Families Ride Free Dec. 22, 2018 – Jan. 5, 2019 – Winter Break!

The 6th Annual Winter Fling/Families Ride Free campaign is back by popular demand! Families can ride all fixed routes free of charge from December 22, 2018, through January 5, 2019. 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 (under age 18) can board the bus for free and obtain the coupons for family-friendly things to do in Topeka. You can access the poster here.

The 2018 Winter Fling business participants are as follows:

  • CiCi’s Pizza
  • Gage Bowl & West Ridge Lanes
  • Going Bonkers
  • Great Overland Station
  • Hazel Hill Chocolate
  • Holley Museum of Military History
  • Kansas Children’s Discovery Center
  • Kansas Museum of History
  • Potwin Pottery
  • Top Dog
  • Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
  • Topeka Zoo

Veterans Ride Free in November at Topeka Metro

TOPEKA, KAN. (October 1, 2018) – Each November, Topeka Metro honors veterans with our Vets Ride Free promotion, where active duty military personnel and veterans can ride the Topeka Metro fixed route service for free all month.  Any veteran boarding the fixed route bus just needs to show the bus operator their military ID.

Valid identification includes:

  • Military ID
  • Driver’s License with “VETERAN” or “MILITARY” stamp on it
  • Form DD-214
  • Veteran’s Identification Card (VIC)
  • Service is available to all branches of the U.S. Military:  Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy. All of Topeka Metro fixed route buses are A.D.A. accessible.

Topeka Metro general manager Susan Duffy said, “We want the veterans in our community to know how appreciative we are and thank them for their service.  This offer is for both active and retired military personnel.”

The poster is available here for downloading.


Topeka Metro wins state and regional awards

TOPEKA, KAN. (August 2018) – Topeka Metro won several awards at the Kansas Public Transit Association (KPTA) Annual Meeting & Expo in Salina, August 6-8, 2018.

The 2018 Transit of the Year award was presented to Topeka Metro for the following:

  • Expanding routes and service hours;
  • Magnifying the popular bikeshare program;
  • Beginning a long-range transit plan to help guide the next 10 years of transit in Topeka;
  • Working toward 100% accessible bus stops;
  • Collaborating with the local school district to get bus passes to every child;
  • Offering free ride programming for special days and events;
  • Collaborating with other agencies for last-mile and late night service; and
  • A history of continuous participation in the MPO’s transportation activities.

KPTA also presented the Willie M. Murphy Award, which went to Topeka Metro General Manager Susan Duffy. This award is recognition of her extraordinary dedication and contributions to public transit by providing distinguished service to the entire Kansas public transportation community.

Topeka Metro was also recognized on July 26, 2018, at the South West Transit Association (SWTA) 31st  Annual SPOTLIGHT Awards for transit marketing excellence. The awards were a part of the two-day Annual Transit Marketing Workshop held at the Aloft Hotel in Oklahoma City.

The 2018 SPOTLIGHT Award Category lll, which consists of transit agencies with more than one million passenger trips annually, was presented to Topeka Metro. This award honors outstanding work for a total transit marketing campaign, which includes mixed-media showing a unifying strategy, purpose or theme, and is typically an awareness-building or educational campaign.

Topeka Metro’s award entry was for the 2017-18 Topeka USD 501 bus pass promotion and earned 1st place. The goal of the campaign was to inform students and parents that Topeka Metro is a reliable transportation solution to get to school, help the district cut down on truancy, and to boost student ridership. Ridership increased with USD 501 students by 40% in 2017-18 versus the previous school year.

The Topeka Metropolitan Transit Authority (Topeka Metro) was created in 1973 by a vote of the city residents. Over the past four decades, Topeka Metro has grown from a small, privately owned bus service into a transportation solution provider, exploring and implementing transportation opportunities that enhance the social, economic and environmental well-being of the Topeka community. Topeka Metro provided more than 1.2 million passenger trips in Fiscal Year 2018. For more information, see our website at www.topekametro.org.

We need your input for our MetroQuest Survey!

This spring, we asked about changes to the bus service. Here’s what YOU told us–click HERE.

Now we need details – Sunday service or more routes? Later evening service or more frequent buses? And you get to buy $1.5 million in bus services in our online game! It only takes a few minutes and your responses are valued and taken into serious consideration.  Once this process is done, we will be sharing the findings with you and Topeka city officials. Access the survey HERE.