TOPEKA, KANSAS (November 17, 2020) — The Topeka Metro board of directors voted to continue waiving bus fares for fixed routes, the Lift and the Flex route through December 31, 2020. The decision was made at the November 16 board meeting.
Front door boarding will still be permitted for those with mobility issues needing to use the ramp or kneeler. Safety chains near the bus operator at the front of the bus will remain secured. Passengers are required to wear a face mask when riding the bus. Topeka Metro expects passengers to be responsible and to have their own mask to protect themselves and others. The mask requirement went into effect on Thursday, July 9, 2020 and will be in place until further notice. Bus operators in fixed route buses are not required to wear a face covering while they are in the operator compartment with the safety barrier closed and latched. Face coverings are required at all other times for operators.
Topeka Metro will continue to impose social distancing requirements in the lobby at Quincy Street Station, at bus stops and in the bus waiting areas in the Quincy Street Station lot. Topeka Metro continues to deep clean our buses for the six days a week that we operate.
Topeka Metro general manager Bob Nugent said, “The board has been making the decision to waive fares on a month-to-month basis. The practice of waiving fares helps to create less contact directly between the bus operators and the passengers for everyone’s safety.”
Nugent said, “The board will meet again December 21, 2020 and decide whether or not fares will be re-instated in January 2021.”