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Employment Opportunities

We believe in empowering people and connecting communities. At Flint Hills Area Transportation Agency (ATA Bus), we make a difference in the lives of our community by the work we do. We believe that no matter our job, we all contribute to this vision and work to make a positive impact in our communities every single day.

We know that right now, there are many opportunities for job seekers to choose from, but we want to make that choice as easy as possible by offering competitive pay. Join a team that values the staff as much as the community, drive with ATA!

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Or read more about our Driver roles we have to offer:

All open positions are listed online at

Contact Information

5815 Marlatt Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66503
(785) 537-6345

Toll Free: (877) 551-6345

Flint Hills Area Transportation Agency is Offering an Expanded Paid Training Program for Bus Operators

CDL Bus Operator with Passenger Endorsement Training Program

We will help participants receive on the job driving experience and obtain their Class C commercial driver's license (CDL - C) with Passenger Endorsement.

Participants chosen for this program will be a Temporary Student Trainee while in the training. The program will include driving a passenger van on our Demand Response routes, hands-on instruction and online practice training intended to provide the essential skills and knowledge required to operate a transit bus safely and independently upon program completion. Upon successful completion of this program, the Student Trainee may be transitioned to a full-time or a part-time Bus Operator position.

  • Student Trainees will be paid $14.00/hour for the training hours outlined below. Pay will be increased to $15.05/hour once you obtain a CDL Class C with P endorsement and transition to a Bus Operator. 

  • FHATA will reimburse the fees for the Written test and the Drive/Skills test. 

  • Sign-on bonus opportunities exist for full-time hires! Inquire with Human Resources.  ​

Duration of the Program:

  • The overall program consists of classroom, hands-on driving and online practice training.

  • Training provided for the Written CDL – C and P Endorsement Test. The Student Trainee must obtain a Kansas Class C Commercial Learner's Permit and P Endorsement Permit within the first 30 days as a Student Trainee.

  • Training provided for the CDL – C and P Endorsement Drive/Skills Test. After attaining the Learner’s Permits, the Student Trainee must pass the CDL Class - C with Passenger Endorsement driving/skills test within the first 90 days as a Student Trainee.

  • Please note that testing must be arranged with the State of Kansas Motor Vehicle Department. It may take several weeks or longer to get an appointment for testing with the State DMV, and during such time waiting for an appointment, trainees will be assigned to Demand Response driving.


Click the PDF link below for more details on the Training Program:


Apply online (link above) to the Student Trainee job posting.

Need CDL

Flint Hills Area Transportation Agency is also hiring experienced Drivers who have a CDL – C with Passenger Endorsement

CDL Class - C with Passenger Endorsement Bus Operators

ATA Bus Operators are an important part of what keeps the Flint Hills region moving. Every day, Bus Operators help our riders reach their destinations safely by providing services in Riley County, Geary County, and parts of Pottawatomie County.

The CDL – C Bus Operator drives a 20-passenger vehicle and collects fares/tickets. The Bus Operator complies with the assigned schedule, provides prompt, courteous, professional customer service, ensures passenger safety, and complies with applicable Agency, City, County, State and Federal regulations relating to transporting passengers.

Starting pay is $16.50 per hour if candidate has 1 year of experience driving passengers and possesses a CDL and P Endorsement Driver’s License.

Starting pay is $15.05 per hour if candidate possesses a CDL and P Endorsement Driver’s License but has less than 1 year of experience driving with passengers.

Sign on bonus - $1000:

  • Paid for full-time hires who have a CDL and P Endorsement.

  • Paid after 45 days of successful performance as a Bus Operator

  • Must remain employed for 6 months or the employee will pay back the initial payment in an amount based on the number of months worked.

Student Trainee and Bus Operator Requirements:

  • Must be able to work all shifts including evenings and weekends

  • High School Diploma or equivalent

  • Insurance requirement is a minimum 21 years of age

  • Must pass a background check, drug screen, and Physical Capacity Profile.

  • Must obtain a Kansas Department of Transportation, (KDOT), Medical Examiner’s Certificate prior to beginning the program, and retain for duration of employment, if hired.

  • Must have a clean MVR for the past 3 years

Equal Employment Opportunity/AA

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