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.