In July 2017, board members of the Topeka Unified School District 501 unanimously approved the purchase of 3,000 bus passes from Topeka Metro for the 2017-18 school year. Susan Duffy, general manager of Topeka Metro, shared with board members that the intent is to make sure that all USD 501 students have a pass who want one, even if they have a car. “If a student has a vehicle, and it breaks down or the student finds themselves without a vehicle, riding Topeka Metro is an option for them to still have transportation to school.”
USD 501 high school students should obtain a pass from their individual high school office. Postcards will be distributed to students with information, and Topeka Metro will be on-hand at freshman orientation as well as open houses to help spread the word to students and parents. Students need to know that they must present their school ID to the bus operator when boarding the bus, and if their ID is lost or stolen, they should report it to their school office.
Susan added, “Topeka Metro supports our schools, and believes this is what we should be offering to our community–fully integrating our community with public bus service.”