TOPEKA, KAN. (June 22, 2020) – At the June 19, 2020 Topeka Metro committee meeting, the board of directors voted to extended social distancing measures to help keep bus operators and passengers safe.
Topeka Metro continues to enact safety procedures followed by many transit agencies throughout the country, as well as follow health guidelines from the CDC and local health department to protect customers and employees. This includes requiring rear door entry to the fixed route buses for anyone who does not require the ramp or need the bus lowered. ADA customers can board from the front. Fares are also waived for all fixed route and paratransit buses through the month of July. This will assist with social distancing challenges that bus operators face when working closely with passengers during trips.
Topeka Metro General Manager Bob Nugent said, “Although the stay-at-home order has been removed, we want to remind people that COVID-19 is still active. To help prevent the spread of possible infection, we are asking passengers to wear masks and maintain social distancing whenever possible.”
Nugent added, “We have made every effort to provide solutions to protect the health of our employees and passengers, while continuing the mobility needs of our community. Our #1 priority is safety for all while traveling.”