In celebration of Earth Day, the Topeka Metropolitan Transit Authority will offer free rides on their fixed routes all day on Monday, April 22, 2013. “No Pay Earth Day” gives Topekans an opportunity to try the bus at no charge. Topeka Metro is hoping this will lead to more permanent riders.
“We want folks to give transit a try,” said Susan Duffy, General Manager of Topeka Metro. “On Earth Day, take the bus to work or take a trip around town over your lunch hour. Using transit is the perfect way to contribute to the health of our environment.”
According to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), if an individual driving a 20-mile roundtrip commute switches to public transportation, his or her annual CO2 emissions will decrease by 4,800 pounds per year, equal to a 10 percent reduction in a two-car household’s carbon footprint. Public transportation use saves the U.S. the equivalent of 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually — and more than 11 million gallons of gasoline per day.
All fixed route passengers will ride FREE on Earth Day. Vouchers or tickets are not required to board. Questions may be directed to Topeka Metro Customer Service at 783-7000.