Topeka Metro's Kids Ride FREE! begins May 15th

TOPEKA, KAN. (April 24, 2024) -- A popular campaign is rolling out once again to help transport Topeka youth throughout the city over the summer.  Topeka Metro kicks off Kids Ride FREE! starting Wednesday, May 15th. Youth ages 18 and under can ride the fixed route buses at no cost through August 15, 2024.  Topeka Metro provides accessible, reliable and safe transportation for youth to travel to summer school, camps, pools, the library or any of their favorite places on Topeka Metro's bus routes. Teenagers can even catch a ride to work!


"This promotion has been one that families in Topeka look forward to because parents, grandparents and others know that their child will be safely transported to their destination at no cost which helps their pocketbook," said Bob Nugent, Topeka Metro General Manager. "With prices rising on nearly everything, having free transportation for the kids during the summer months helps the family budget.”


No IDs are necessary when boarding, however, bus operators reserve the right to request proof of age for older youth. Children under age five must be with an older child or adult accompanying them.


Maps and time points for routes are posted on Topeka Metro's website and are in all Topeka Metro shelters. For faster service, we recommend using the DoubleMap app on a mobile phone which will show in real-time when the bus will arrive. For questions or help with trip planning, call Topeka Metro Customer Service at 785-783-7000.


Topeka Metro hours of operation are as follows:

  • Monday through Friday - 5:40 a.m. to 6:40 p.m.
  • Saturday - 8:30 a.m. to 6:40 p.m.