Additional Rules for Riders

Please help us keep our system friendly and safe for all passengers. Bus conduct is regulated by city and state laws, as well as Topeka Metro policies. Please give front seats to seniors, disabled or pregnant passengers.


The following is prohibited:


  • Eating, drinking or open food and drink containers.  Drink containers must have twist off cap or secure lid.  Drinks may not be transported in the trash bag.
  • Intoxication or being under the influence of illegal substances.
  • Smoking (designated areas only) to include the use of E-cigarettes, vaping, chewing.
  • Flammable liquids, such as gasoline, kerosene, propane, etc.  Oxygen tanks and respirators are permitted.
  • Dangerous or large items, such as car batteries, explosives, fireworks, furniture, trees, panes of glass, etc.
  • Unconcealed firearms or unconcealed weapons of any kind.
  • Disorderly, abusive, dangerous, obscene, or threatening behavior or language.
  • Physical or verbal abuse of the operator, another passenger, or any transit employee.
  • Unruly behavior, profanity, fighting, spitting, feet on the seats, or littering.
  • Noise producing devices (headphones are allowed).
  • Unlawful and unapproved postings or handing out material on transit property.
  • Excessive carry-on items or packages in seats or aisles. Empty carts must be folded.
  • Leaving items or children unattended.
  • Animals without a latched pet carrier, with the exception of guide/service animals which must be controlled by the owner on a leash or harness and remain on the floor.
  • Indecent exposure (i.e., must have a shirt, pants, and shoes).
  • Idle riding (riding continuously on a single route).
  • Unattended children under age 5 (must be with older child or adult). Small children should sit up front near the operator.
  • Bikes, Segways, or recreational scooters inside the vehicle.
  • Electric or gasoline-powered bikes on the bike rack.
  • Strollers that are not empty or folded prior to boarding or that block aisles or doorways.
  • Offensive body odor or clothing soiled with bodily fluids.
  • Open or uncovered sores or wounds.
  • Fare evasion, sharing of passes, or misuse of a Topeka Metro Reduced Fare ID.
  • Operating or tampering with the vehicle and/or equipment.
  • Cell phones on speaker or loud conversations that may distract the operator or interfere with other passengers.
  • Standing in front of the standee line or in doorways when the bus is in motion.
  • Standing when open seats are available.
  • Standing or removing wheelchair securements before the bus comes to a complete stop.
  • Wearing or using roller skates, roller blades, or skateboards.
  • Distracting or inappropriate conversation with the bus operator or other passengers.
  • Solicitation and/or behaviors that might pose a safety or security risk/concern.
  • Masks or “hoodies” that cover the individual’s face.
  • Saggy pants that reveal any part of undergarments.


The Bus Operator always has the reasonable authority to refuse service or ask for a passenger’s justified removal. For the safety of our passengers, employees, vehicles, and general public, Topeka Metro utilizes surveillance in its vehicles and facilities.


Updated 6/21/21