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Topeka’s “Kids Ride Free” bus program in effect all summer

Topeka kids can now enjoy a break from school as well as free transportation around Topeka on any city bus.

Since the summer of 2013, the Topeka Metro bus system has offered bus transportation at no cost on all fixed route buses to youth ages 18 and under. Topeka Metro is continuing the popular Kids Ride FREE! promotion through August 15. (The Metro bus system will be closed on Monday July 5 in observance of Independence Day)

“We’re pleased that we will be continuing free transportation this summer for young people,” said Topeka Metro General Manager Bob Nugent. “We believe when youth ride the bus, it provides them with an essential skill, navigating on their own to their destination and if they don’t already ride Topeka Metro, then they become exposed and familiar with public transit.”

Kids can ride free to pools, the mall, library and other places in Topeka that are youth friendly. Many of Topeka Metro’s routes stop in front of certain locations, and other locations may be just a short walk. Older youth may use the bus to get to and from work or to visit friends or family.

“We have friendly bus operators and customer service to assist someone who may need a little help with where they are going. Our DoubleMap app can be downloaded on a smart phone or is accessible via Topeka Metro’s website to see in real-time where each bus is at on route. Our buses are thoroughly sanitized, and parents can be assured their child has a safe way to travel this summer,” said Nugent.

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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 or view the website at topekametro.org.

–Lee Hartman | Metro Voice

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