Fares

Fares – Effective April 3, 2017:

To buy tickets, continue to the Store. To learn more about our fare schedule, see below.

Fixed Route Fares
Full Fare
Youth
(Ages 5-18)
Reduced* (Senior/Disabled/Medicare/Income)
Cash Fare (One Way) $2.00 $1.50 $1.00
24-Hour Pass $4.00 $3.00 $2.00
10-Ride Card $18.00 15.00 $9.00
31-Day Pass $50.00 $40.00 $25.00
Children Under 5 ** Free Free Free
Annual Bus/Bike Pass $300.00 $300.00 $300.00
* Refer to Reduced Fare Policy below for eligibility requirements.
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** Limit three (3) children with each paid fare.
Lift / Paratransit Fares (Must be certified eligible.)
Cash Fare (One Way) $4.00
10-Ticket Strip
$40.00
Children Under 5 ** Free

Passes, cards and tickets are available for purchase at Quincy Street Station, at this website by clicking on “Store“, and at all Topeka Dillons and Hy-Vee grocery stores. Annual Passes can only be purchased at QSS.

Bus Operators do not make change.  If you do not have exact fare, you will be issued a change card for any excess amount which can be used at the farebox on future trips.  You must have your fare, ride card, or pass (and reduced ID, if applicable) ready when boarding a vehicle.

24-Hour Pass (Fixed-Route Only)

This pass can be purchased at the farebox. The 24-hour pass expires 24 hours after being initiated in the farebox and the time period will skip over days with no service. It is important to note that transfers will be eliminated starting April 3, 2017.

Annual Bus/Bike Pass (Fixed-Route Only)

The annual bus/bike pass is a combination of unlimited rides on fixed route buses and a bikeshare membership, which both expire 12 months after registering.  This pass will require a photo ID for the bus pass, and the bike membership will have a separate code for registering. A credit card is required for bikeshare registration. Replacements for lost, stolen, or damaged pass cards are $10 each.

31-Day Pass (Fixed-Route Only)

A 31-Day Pass is recommended for riders who average at least 40 trips per month.  31-Day Passes are valid for 31 days from the time the pass is first used on a fixed route bus.  Passes are not available for the Lift Service.  Multiple passes may be purchased at one time.  They are non-returnable and non-refundable.

10-Ride Card (Fixed Route Only)

A 10-Ride Card is recommended for riders who would not benefit from the 31-Day Pass, including occasional riders who don’t want to worry about carrying exact change.  Multiple 10-Ride Cards may be purchased at one time and have no expiration date.  They are non-returnable and non-refundable. These cards cannot be used to purchase a 24-Hour Pass.

Lift Ticket Strip (10 tickets)

Lift ticket strips are for use on the paratransit service, also known as the “Lift”, and cannot be used on the fixed route buses.  Multiple ticket strips may be purchased at one time.  Lift ticket strips are non-returnable and non-refundable.

Reduced Fare Policy (Senior / Disabled / Medicare / Income)

Reduced fares are available for persons with a disability, Medicare recipients, those over 65, and those who meet income qualifications.  In order to use the reduced fare items (cash, 24-hour passes, 10-ride cards or 31-day passes), you must show a Reduced Fare ID card to the bus operator when paying the fare.  To obtain the Topeka Metro reduced fare ID card, you must complete an application, which can be downloaded by clicking on the document links below.  Applications can also be picked up at Quincy Street Station (820 SE Quincy St.) or mailed out to you upon request by calling 783-7000. Those completing an income form must have a social service agency authorize the form prior to submitting it to Metro.

IDs are free of charge, however, there is a replacement fee of $2.00 if lost, damaged, or stolen within the first year. There is no replacement fee for cards damaged from normal wear and tear after the first year.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q.  How do I use my Reduced Fare ID on Metro’s Services?
A.  Show your Reduced Fare ID to the operator when boarding Metro’s fixed route buses to use your reduced fare pass, card or cash fare.

Q.  I lost my Reduced Fare ID.  Do I need to fill out another application?
A.  No.  If you lost your Reduced Fare ID and it has not expired, you do not need to reapply.  However, you will be required to complete the Card Replacement Application (see link above).

Q.  Can I just show my Medicare card to ride the Metro for a reduced fare?
A.  No, you must present your Reduced Fare ID to ride for a reduced fare.

Youth Fare

Youth between the ages of 5-18 are eligible for the Youth Fare.  Youth do not have to complete a form or get an ID, but they may have to show a high school ID or a picture ID which lists their birth date when they pay their fare.