aTa Bus Ridership
The Flint Hills Area Transportation Agency (FHATA or aTa Bus) has been providing safe, reliable, and affordable public transportation in the Flint Hills since 1976. FHATA started fixed route transit service in Manhattan in 2012 and Junction City fixed routes in 2016. An analysis of the ridership data is provided below.
Flint Hills Area Transportation Agency (ATA) provides several transit services across the region. From fixed route services in Manhattan and Junction, as well as a fixed route between Ogden and Manhattan, to more rural services such as demand response and regional services.
The table below shows ridership for each service for the same month in the current year compared to the previous year. To view other months of the current or previous year, click the link below.
Overall, ridership in the later half of 2018 has seen significant growth on the fixed routes, meaning there is less dependence on demand response services, which tend to be more expensive to operate.
Monthly ridership is tracked to better understand demand and trends. During the 2014-2015 school year, ATA ridership peaked; mainly due to the high enrollment at K-State and large international student population the summer of 2014. Since 2014, K-State's enrollment has decreased and the international student presence isn't as strong as it once was.
In August 2018, Manhattan debuted a new fixed route transit system, including five new fixed routes and the K-18 Connector. Ridership has increased two fold since the start of the new routes.
Also in August 2018, USD 475 high school and middle school students now ride the bus for free.
In July 2019, Manhattan's Fixed Routes underwent an adjustment to make the routes more efficient and reduce the number of transfers needed.
The graph to the right, "Flint Hills ATA Ridership -- All Services" compares ridership over the last three years, broken down my month, for all of ATA's services.
As of January 2019, while fixed route ridership in Manhattan and Junction City are higher than previous years, K-State routes are seeing lower ridership.