Riley County


How much will I pay to ride the ATA Bus Fixed Route?

  • Adults:  $1.00
  • Youth, 6-18:  $0.50
  • Children, 6 & Under:  Free, with adult
  • Personal Care Attendants:  Free
  • KSU Students, Faculty & Stall with current ID:  Free point to point, from KSU Foundation, KSU Union and Edwards Hall
  • Seniors, Disabled and Low Income may apply for half fare discount card by completing the half fare application (pdf)
  • Monthly Pass:  $30, provides unlimited rides during the month indicated on the pass

Do you offer services for citizens of Riley County that do not live in Manhattan?

Zone service is provided to Northern Riley County, with Monday and Tuesday pick-ups from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and return trips usually between 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

A "country run" is made to the areas of Leonardville, Riley and Randolph twice a month, on the second and fourth Friday.  Riders are brought to Manhattan for the day and shuttled around town, returned to their homes in the afternoon.

Service to and from Ogden is available Monday through Friday.  Riders wanting to ride the bus need to call Dispatch and schedule a ride on the Fort Riley Shuttle.  Door to door demand service is available in Ogden for persons with mobility impairments, after an application is completed (Paratransit Intelligibility Application Part A (pdf) & Paratransit Eligibility Application Part B (pdf)).  This ADA service is a "safety net" for those persons who do not have the functional abilities to access and ride the Ogden route bus.  Every certified individual for this ADA service is required to re-certify for continuing eligibility every three years upon becoming initially certified.  Call the office at (785) 537-6345 for further information.

How far in advance do I need to schedule a Demand Response ride?

Rides should be scheduled with the dispatcher at least 24 hours in advance.

How many vehicles are available for rides?

Fifteen vehicles (one mini van and 14 buses) are currently in operation.  All vehicles are equipped with ramps and lifts to accommodate the needs of the mobility impaired.

What hours does the ATA Bus operate?

Manhattan Fixed Routes
Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Manhattan Demand Response
Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Green Valley, St. George, Pottawatomie County
Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Fort Riley Shuttle
Monday - Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Junction City, Geary County
Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Route 1:  Jardine
School Year Only:  Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
University Crossing (Deviated Fixed Route)
Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Safe Ride
School Year Only:  Thursday - Friday, 11:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
School Year Only:  Saturday, 11:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.

Where does the funding for the ATA Bus come from?

We are a private nonprofit organization that receives funding from the following sources:

  • Federal Transit Administration
  • Kansas Department of Transportation
  • Kansas State University
  • Riley County
  • Pottawatomie County
  • Geary County
  • City of Manhattan
  • USD 383
  • User fees and donations

What Regional Services does ATA bus provide?

Riders in any of the ATA Bus service areas (Manhattan, Riley County, Green Valley, St. George, Pottawatomie County, Junction City, Geary County and Fort Riley) may call dispatch at 1-877-551-6345 or (785) 537-6345, Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to schedule a ride.

Please call 24 hours in advance to schedule rides.  Cut off for scheduling next day rides is 5:00 p.m..

What if I don't live near the fixed routes?

Demand response services are available to residents of Manhattan who live more than 3/4 of a mile outside of the fixed route service area. Please call Dispatch at (785)537-6345 with any questions.

What if I am mobility impaired and can not get to the bus stop?

Curb to curb demand response service is available on all shuttles and routes to provide persons with mobility impairments access.  Persons eligible for the ADA service must complete an ADA Paratransit Eligibility Application Part A  (pdf) & ADA Paratransit Eligibility Application Part B (pdf).  If you live within a 3/4 mile of any route or shuttle services, please call the office at (785) 537-6345 to request a special accommodations application.

What is the fare for demand response trips?

  • Within three miles of city limits of Manhattan, Junction City and Fort Riley:  $2.00 each way
  • Beyond three miles of city limits:  $4.00 each way

Can children ride the bus?

Demand Response

Children ten (10) and under can ride the demand response service for free.  All children under the age of twelve (12) must be accompanied by an adult on demand response trips.

Fixed Route Services

Children riding the fixed route services, who are six (6) and younger, can ride the service for free.  All children riding fixed route services under fourteen (14) must be accompanied by an adult.

Children under four (4) years old must be in a child safety seat, while children 4-8 years old must be in a safety or booster seat unless they weigh more than 80 lbs. or are taller than 4 ft. 9 inches tall. The child must be secured with an appropriate child seat provided by the parent or guardian. The parent or guardian will properly fasten such devices using the vehicle seat belts.

Will you transport animals?

For policy purposes, animals are considered either service animals or pets.

Service animals will be transported with their owners without restriction or extra cost.  Service animals must be supervised and the owner/handler must retain full control of the animal at all times.  Owners/handlers are responsible for cleanup of any waste or litter caused by the service animal and is liable for any damages the animals cause.

Pets may be transported with their owners if the pets are secured in an enclosed container and if they can be fit into the schedule.  Pets have the lowest priority for transportation.  Pets requiring emergency veterinary assistance will not be transported.  An ill service animal is treated as a pet in this respect: such animals are not performing their service function.