USD 501 middle school and high school students ride free on Topeka Metro!

The Topeka Unified School District 501 board has allowed for Topeka Metro bus passes for both middle and high school students for the 2018-19 school year. The middle schools included are Chase, Eisenhower, Landon and Robinson.

USD 501 school students should obtain a pass from their individual school office.  Students need to know that they must present their pass to the bus operator when boarding the bus, and if their ID is lost or stolen, they should report it to their school office.

For route information, please see our Routes & Detours page. Questions about where to get on and off the bus can be directed to customer service at Topeka Metro at 730-7000. Questions regarding passes should be directed to individual school offices.

Topeka Metro General Manager Susan Duffy said, “Topeka Metro supports our schools, and believes this is what we should be offering to our community–fully integrating our community with public bus service.”

Kids RIDE FREE May 15 – Aug 15, 2018 – NOW EXTENDED TO AUG. 20!

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 though August 15.

“Having a Kids Ride Free initiative is a huge plus for Topeka youth,” said Topeka Metro General Manager Susan Duffy.  “This provides a safe, reliable way for kids in our community to get to where they need to go during the summer months while saving money. They can ride the bus to the pools, head to the mall, meet their friends or visit grandparents.”
Duffy said that learning to ride public transit is a life skill that can greatly benefit youth. In fiscal year 2017, Topeka Metro provided 42,728 rides to Topeka kids.  “This summer we want kids to get out of the house and experience Topeka!”

Maps and time points for routes are posted on Topeka Metro’s website and in all of the Topeka Metro shelters.  For questions or help with trip planning, call Topeka Metro Customer Service at 785-783-7000.

Topeka Metro provides $5 Rides to South Topeka Workforce

Call Capitol City Taxi today to schedule your ride: (785) 215-1858.

Topeka Metro, Capitol City Taxi, and the Joint Economic Development Organization (JEDO) have partnered to provide affordable rides to work for employees at 6 companies in South Topeka. Employees of Frito Lay, Bimbo Bakeries, Home Depot, Target, Maximus, and Mars can call Capitol City Taxi to schedule 1-way rides to or from work for $5. Rides to work must be booked at least 12 hours in advance, but return rides home can be requested on-demand to provide flexibility if your workday is longer than anticipated. Standing trips may be reserved if you travel to work at the same time every day.

Passengers must show their associate ID from one of the six listed businesses above, and only cash will be accepted. Capitol City Taxi will wait 5 minutes from the scheduled pick-up time before reporting a “No Show.” A pattern of No Shows may result in the passenger not being able to use the service.

Call Capitol City Taxi today to schedule your ride: (785) 215-1858

SOTO NETO Ride-To-Work programs to end Dec. 31

TOPEKA, KANSAS (December 2, 2020) — A three-year pilot project that sought to provide reliable workforce transportation is slated to end on December 31, 2020. The first phase started in December 2017 when the Topeka Joint Economic Development Council (JEDO) set aside funding for a one-year project. Under the name of SOTO (South Topeka) the service was focused on a 24/7 transportation servicing businesses near the South Topeka Kanza Fire Commerce Park where limited, unreliable, or overly expensive transportation services existed.

The participants in the project were the Joint Economic Development Council (JEDO), the Topeka Partnership, Capital City Taxi, Topeka Metro, and individual employers. JEDO’s role was as a primary funding source for the project. Topeka Partnership provided outreach and communication with employers as part of their role in economic development. Capital City Taxi was the service provider. Topeka Metro acted as the administrative pass-through for the JEDO funds, as well as service analysis and reporting. The initial employers participating in the program were Bimbo Bakeries, Frito Lay, Home Depot, Target Distribution Center, Mars, Maximus/KanCare, R&R Pallet, and JB Turner & Sons Roofing & Sheet Metal.

The program officially kicked off January 1, 2018. By September, the program was experiencing nearly 1,500 rides a month. Feedback from the program was positive from SOTO employees, however, with the year nearing an end, the designated JEDO funds that supported the program were waning. In response, JEDO awarded an additional $7,800 to keep the program going. This allowed for planning on Phase 2 of the program.

While voting to award additional funds for the program, members of JEDO inquired whether there would be other areas in Topeka that could benefit from the ride-to-work program. On December 12, 2018, after collaboration with businesses in the north Topeka industrial area, JEDO approved an additional service for the north and east side of Topeka, to be known as NETO. Participating employers such as Goodyear, HF Mixing Group, Petro Deli, JM Smucker, and all 5 Reser’s locations joined NETO. The official launch of the service was implemented December 18, 2018.

With both the SOTO and NETO now a three-year program, the cost of each trip was shared between the passenger, JEDO and the employers. It was structured so in the first year the passenger pays $5 cash and JEDO would pay the remainder. In the second year the passenger would pay $5 and the remainder would be split 50/50 between JEDO and the employer. In the third and last year of the program the passenger would pay $5 and the employer would pay the remainder.

As the three-year program progressed, some of the businesses in both SOTO and NETO began withdrawing from the program due to low use by their employees or tightening budgets and changes in priorities. Currently, only two of the eight businesses in SOTO are still participating. Out of the original six businesses that began participating in NETO, only three remain and are still participating in the program.

On September 9, 2020 JEDO asked that a workforce task group be convened to review the SOTO and NETO pilots by looking at performance and use data outcomes during the project phases, as well as getting feedback from employers. Subsequently, the Workforce Transportation Taskforce; comprised of elected officials, providers, and employers; held meetings over three months.

The Taskforce recommendation from these meetings is to allow both the SOTO and NETO pilot projects to phase out on December 31, 2020. A communication notice was shared with all current or previous employers to advise of the sunset of the transportation pilots and to provide potential new option(s) for workforce transportation. To benefit and support the needs of employers and their employees, the Workforce Transportation Taskforce recommends the following options for consideration and approval by JEDO:

    • Transportation Management Association
    • Transportation Demand Management
    • Transportation Network Companies (i.e., Uber/Lyft)
    • Microtransit
    • Vanpool/Rideshare
    • Alternative taxi providers
    • Entrepreneurial options

Taskforce participants will assist employers with information in order to develop their options for workforce transportation resources. Employers may be eligible for funding assistance through JEDO for the implementation of these options.


Bus fares waived for December

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.”

Topeka Metro board votes to waive fares in November

TOPEKA, KANSAS (October 20, 2020) — At the Topeka Metro October 19th board meeting, board members voted unanimously to waive fares through November 30 for both fixed route and paratransit buses. The fixed route buses will continue to use rear boarding for passengers unless they have mobility issues or require the ramp or kneeler.

Topeka Metro management has been working on safe solutions for both the bus operators and the passengers to be able to re-establish fares. At this time, safety chains near the bus operator at the front of the bus will remain secured. Masks for passengers are required when boarding the bus and while inside Quincy Street Station and in the parking lot. Bus operators on 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.

“We have waived bus fares since late March because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Topeka Metro General Manager Bob Nugent. “Suspending fares has been widely put into place among public transits, however, with stay-at-home orders lifting nationwide, many transits are returning to charging fares. Our team is working to improve our current procedures and looking to better safety equipment and measures so we can resume normal operations again.”

501 Students Can Get FREE bus passes to get to school

September 18, 2020 (Topeka, KS) — Parents and students: Did you know that high school and middle school students in USD 501 can obtain a FREE Topeka Metro bus pass from their school office?

USD 501 has purchased Topeka Metro bus passes for students in the district. If a student wants a pass, they must visit their school’s main office to obtain one. Students must show the bus pass when boarding. Passes are good throughout the school year at any time the fixed route buses are running. (Note: French and Jardine Middle schools are not included because of bus routes). Having a bus pass is a sure way to make it to school on time!

Call customer service if you need assistance finding out which bus route to get on at 783-7000. Information is also on our website at

Topeka Metro receives grant from US Dept of Transportation

WASHINGTON – (AUGUST 11, 2020) – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Senate Banking Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development – today announced a $4,987,500 grant to the Topeka Metro Transit Authority (MTA) from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)’s FY2020 Buses and Bus Facilities Grant Program.

“The Topeka Metro Transit Authority works diligently to connect citizens with their community and these federal resources will further support their mission,” said Sen. Moran. “Affordable local transit is important to the economies of our metro areas, and I look forward to continuing my work with local leaders to modernize the Topeka transit system.”

“With the funding we receive from this grant, Topeka Metro will be able to improve our operations by replacing a portion of our aging bus fleet, while also investing in technology to enhance communication with our bus operators,” said Topeka Metro General Manager Bob Nugent. “In addition, we are pleased to once again partner with Evergy to provide improved service in our community.”

The grant will be used to add seven diesel buses to the Topeka MTA’s fleet, provide an electric utility redundant connection to safeguard against electrical failure and install solar-powered signage displays.

Items to Note:

  • Sen. Moran wrote a letter of support for this grant in March.
  • Last year, Topeka MTA received $1.7 million for the purchase of low- and zero-emission buses.

New System Update Goes Into Effect Aug. 9, 2020

TOPEKA, KANSAS (August 5, 2020) — The latest Ride Guides for the Topeka Metro are available this week for passengers who need one. The only changes are time points on the following routes:

  • #2 North Kansas
  • #5 Indiana
  • #7 Washburn
  • #17 West 17th

Be sure to load the DoubleMap app on your phone or on your computer. It’s a real-time bus tracker that will help you find out when and where your bus will arrive or depart.  For the app, you can download it on Apple iTunes or Google Play. For the website, go to

Topeka Metro Bikes program ends July 30, 2020

TOPEKA, KANSAS (July 30, 2020) — At its June 29, 2020 board meeting, the Topeka Metro board of directors made the decision to cease operations of the Topeka Metro Bikes (TMB) bikeshare program effective July 30, 2020.  All bikeshare fees have been eliminated as of July 16, 2020.

We appreciate your loyalty and dedication to using Topeka Metro Bikes. We are proud to have been the first bikeshare program in Kansas, which started in 2015 with 100 bikes and had a total 0f 300 when the program ended.  We are thankful to Capitol Federal for their generous sponsorship and we want to acknowledge our TMB staff who have been dedicated to bikeshare in Topeka.  We know this is a disappointment to many, however, it is our sincere hope that the Topeka community will have another active bike share program again. It was our pleasure to serve you.

For current annual and monthly memberships, we will refund the entire membership fee – $25 for annual and $5 for monthly.  For the pay-as-you-go members, we will refund any credit balances. Please note that the Topeka Metro Bikes website will be de-activated as well as our social media pages.

We request that you return any Topeka Metro bikeshare program bicycle to a Topeka Metro bikeshare program bike rack by July 31, 2020.  You may direct any questions regarding the bikeshare program to Richard Appelhanz at

Thank you again and best wishes,


Robert Nugent
Topeka Metro General Manager
on behalf of Topeka Metro Bikes

Topeka Metro continues efforts to address COVID-19 by waiving fares in August

TOPEKA, KANSAS (July 22, 2020) — At their July 20 meeting, the Topeka Metro board of directors voted unanimously to waive fares and require passengers to use rear door entry through the end of August. Those who ride the fixed buses and require the ramp, or need the bus lowered, may do so through the front entry doors.

The board voted to take this action to continue to protect the health and safety of both our bus operators and bus passengers. These measures will be in place until August 31, 2020.

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. Topeka Metro also encourages and will 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.

Masks Required on Topeka Metro Buses

TOPEKA, KANSAS (July 7, 2020) — As of Thursday, July 2, 2020, Governor Laura Kelly signed an executive order effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 3, 2020, requiring that any person in Kansas shall cover their mouth and nose with a mask or other face covering when they are inside, or in line to enter, any indoor public space, waiting for or riding on public transportation or while in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle, and while outdoors in public spaces and unable to maintain a 6-foot distance between individuals (not including individuals who reside together).

On Monday, July 6, 2020, the Shawnee County Commission created their own mask mandate for Shawnee County that requires everyone 10 and older to wear facial coverings beginning at 12:01 a.m. Thursday in indoor and outdoor public places where social distancing cannot be achieved.

In response to these mask mandates, Topeka Metro requires that persons at the Quincy Street Station, and customers riding the bus and waiting at bus stops all wear face masks. Topeka Metro expects passengers to be responsible and to have their own mask to protect themselves and others. The mask requirement will go into effect on Thursday, July 9, 2020. Topeka Metro also encourages and will 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.

Children under the age of 10-years-old are exempt from the mask requirement. Children under the age of 2-years-old should not wear a mask. Children between the ages of 2 and 10-years-old are encouraged to wear a mask with adult assistance and close supervision. Persons with a medical or mental health condition or disability that prevents wearing a mask are exempt from the mask requirement. So are persons who are unconscious, incapacitated or are unable to remove the mask without assistance.

In the governor’s executive order, the definition of “mask or other face covering” means a covering of the nose and mouth that is secured to the head with ties, straps, or loops over the ears or is simply wrapped around the lower face. A mask or other face covering can be made of a variety of synthetic and natural fabrics, including cotton, silk, or linen. Ideally, a mask or other face covering has two or more layers. A mask or other face covering may be factory-made, sewn by hand, or can be improvised from household items such as scarfs, bandanas, t-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels.