• Kids Ride Free!
    12/04/2021 - Topeka Metro
    Kids Ride Free!

    Since the summer of 2013, Topeka Metro has offered bus transportation at no cost on all fixed routes to youth ages 18 and under. Topeka Metro is launching this popular promotion beginning May 15 through August 15. 

     

    Kids can ride to the pools, mall, library and other places that are youth-friendly, as well as traveling to work or to visit friends or family.

    Masks are still required when boarding the bus, as well as practicing social distancing in the bus station and while waiting for the bus in the lot. Maps and time points for routes are posted on Topeka Metro's website and in all Topeka Metro shelters.  For questions or help with trip planning, call Topeka Metro Customer Service at 785-783-7000.

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  • 22/03/2021 - Topeka Metro
    Orange Cone Construction Season

    Warmer weather is here, and that means repairs to our city streets. We realize road construction can be frustrating. Our goal is to get everyone where they need to be in a safe and timely manner. Please be patient, as we’re all in this together.

    Here are some helpful tips dealing with Orange Cone Season:

    • Plan for extra commute time. Check Topeka Metro’s website for the latest detour updates to see if your route is affected. Go to Routes and Detours on our home page. Notices regarding temporary bus stops could also be posted.
    • Give your bus operator a break – they are dealing with maneuvering around detours that can cause delays, which affects their schedule. They are doing the best they can.
    • Watch out for construction workers. Fatalities occur annually because someone was driving too fast or not watching out for others. Let’s keep everyone safe.
    • Appreciate the smooth roads we’ll all experience when projects are completed!
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  • 04/03/2021 - Topeka Metro
    Face Mask Mandate

    Although Topeka Metro has had a face mask/face covering policy in place for many months, recently a federal mandate was issued for all public transportation in the United States.

     

    Masks must be worn on Topeka Metro property at Quincy Street Station, including the lobby, bus waiting areas and the shelters. If you are waiting for a bus at a stop, you must have your mask on if you are in a shelter and before boarding the bus. 

     

    The Transportation Safety Administration requires proper wearing of face masks, per federal law. Face masks are to be worn at all times. Failure to comply will result in denial of boarding or removal, and may result in penalties. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping everyone safe. 

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  • 04/03/2021 - Topeka Metro
    Be a Weather Ready Rider

    Kansas experiences a wide variety of severe weather, including: tornadoes, damaging winds, large hail, and flash flooding. The National Weather Service encourages using this week to review a severe weather safety plan. Practice what you would do as if the event was REAL.

    Learn what you can do now to prepare for a tornado:

    • Be Weather Ready: Check the forecast regularly to see if you're at risk for tornadoes. Listen to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed about tornado watches and warnings.
    • Sign Up for Notifications: Know how your community sends warnings. Some communities have outdoor sirens. Others depend on media and smart phones to alert residents of severe storms capable of producing tornadoes.
    • Create a Communications Plan: Have a family plan that includes an emergency meeting place and related information. If you live in a mobile home or home without a basement, identify a nearby safe building you can get too quickly, such as a church or family member.
      Pick a safe room in your home, such as a basement, storm cellar, or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.
    • Practice Your Plan: Conduct a family severe thunderstorm drill regularly so everyone knows what to do if a tornado is approaching. Make sure all members of your family know to go there when tornado warnings are issued. Don't forget pets if time allows.
    • Prepare Your Home: Consider having your safe room reinforced. You can find plans for reinforcing an interior room to provide better protection on the Federal Emergency Management Agency website.
    • Help Your Neighbor: Encourage your loved ones to prepare for the possibility of tornadoes. Take CPR training so you can help if someone is hurt.

      For more information about other severe weather tips, go to this link.
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  • 04/03/2021 - Topeka Metro
    Transit Driver Appreciation Day March 18

    Transit Driver Appreciation Day is an annual event which began in 2009 as “Bus Driver Appreciation Day” and is celebrated every March 18th. Topeka Metro is one of many national public transportation providers recognizing all public transportation operators. 

    If you ride regularly, you know that your Topeka Metro bus operator wears many hats:

    • Our bus operators have to show up exactly on time to work every day and be ready to go. They inspect their bus, both for mechanical-related reasons and to ensure it’s clean. They operate a large bus in traffic and have to keep an eye on the road as well as their passengers.
    • Operators work early and late hours, on weekends and holidays. Sometimes, they miss out on family events because of their schedule, but their job is to get people where they need to go, so they put our passengers first, no matter what day it is.
    • Operators work on a rigid schedule to keep passengers moving, and they drive in all kinds of weather such as rain, snow, sleet, and excessive heat.
    • Operators provide not only directions how to get to a location, but they are the eyes and ears of our city, reporting light poles that are out, downed signs, accidents, and even people who are in distress and in need of assistance.
    • Operators support disabled and elderly riders when they need some assistance. They aid customers with using the ramp when they’re wheelchair-assisted and can help secure them in place. And operators wait and watch for passengers to make it safely across the road even after they’re off the bus.

    For these reasons and many more, we acknowledge the efforts of our Topeka Metro bus operators to transport the citizens of our city every day! We hope you’ll join us in thanking your bus operator. While we know they’d appreciate the sentiment, please no gifts due to COVID-19 and they need to focus on their important job. If you ride the bus on Thursday, March 18th let your bus operators know you appreciate them.

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  • 01/02/2021 - Topeka Metro
    Bus fares required starting February 1

    On December 21, 2020, the Topeka Metro board of directors unanimously voted to reinstate all bus fares beginning February 1, 2021. Fares have been waived since the last week of March due to the pandemic.

    On Monday, February 1, passengers must begin boarding through the front entrance of the bus and are required to pay fares. Passengers must have their fare accepted at the farebox or they will not be allowed to ride.

    Topeka Metro's general manager, Bob Nugent, said that as soon as the decision was made to reinstate fares at the board meeting last month, communications went out to bus operators, passengers, community stakeholders and the public to provide notice to plan ahead for the changes. 

    "What we want passengers to understand is that in the past, bus operators may have helped someone with their bus ticket if it wasn't working in our fare box. The same with money, but because of COVID-19 precautions, operators have been instructed that if the fare does not work, the passenger will not ride. Bus riders need to make sure they don't have a crumpled up bill or bent, frayed or torn pass before they board." 

    Fares will be required for all fixed route buses, paratransit, and the Flex. Masks are still mandatory to ride, and bus operators, although they have a barrier around their driver's seat, are also required to wear face coverings. 

    "It's important that Topeka Metro get back to accepting fare box revenue. We are assuring those who ride with us that we have continued precautions to help passengers stay safe and also keep our employees safe," said Nugent.

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