TOPEKA, KANSAS (October 20, 2020) — At the Topeka Metro October 19th board meeting, board members voted unanimously to waive fares through November 30 for both fixed route and paratransit buses. The fixed route buses will continue to use rear boarding for passengers unless they have mobility issues or require the ramp or kneeler.
Topeka Metro management has been working on safe solutions for both the bus operators and the passengers to be able to re-establish fares. At this time, safety chains near the bus operator at the front of the bus will remain secured. Masks for passengers are required when boarding the bus and while inside Quincy Street Station and in the parking lot. Bus operators on fixed route buses are not required to wear a face covering while they are in the operator compartment with the safety barrier closed and latched. Face coverings are required at all other times for operators.
“We have waived bus fares since late March because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Topeka Metro General Manager Bob Nugent. “Suspending fares has been widely put into place among public transits, however, with stay-at-home orders lifting nationwide, many transits are returning to charging fares. Our team is working to improve our current procedures and looking to better safety equipment and measures so we can resume normal operations again.”