At their April 20, 2020 meeting, the Topeka Metro board of directors unanimously voted to extend the free fares on all fixed routes until May 30, 2020. Topeka Metro continues to encourage use of rear door entry for everyone who does not require the ramp or need the bus lowered.
To allow better social distancing between bus operators and passengers, on March 25 the board implemented free fares and rear entry boarding. Topeka Metro also limited to 10 the number of people allowed in Quincy Street Station to purchase bus fare and use the restroom. The lobby waiting area has been cordoned off for social distancing and passengers are encouraged to stay six feet apart when waiting for the bus and boarding at the station and stops.
Topeka Metro bus passengers should only take essential trips such as traveling to and from work, going to a medical appointment or to buy groceries. Passengers should not ride the bus for non-essential trips or just to be riding.
“Public transit is an essential service and we want to get people to their vital appointments and help them run important errands,” the statement said. “But, we must also pay heed to the stay-at-home orders issued by our county and state. We at Topeka Metro are doing our part to practice safeguards and we ask all passengers to do the same to help make sure everyone stays healthy.”
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