Get to Know JATA

Our Story

Great transportation is an essential part our vibrant community and making it possible for everyone to have easy access to school, work, health care, shopping, and recreation is what the Jackson Area Transportation Authority is thriving to ensure.

The Jackson Area Transportation Authority is a multi-service system providing county-wide transit services to all residents within Jackson County Michigan.

Services are county-wide, and available to all residents of Jackson and Jackson County, depending on destination.

JATA provides door-to-door transportation services to and from work, school, medical appointments, shopping, and social activities. JATA provides traditional bus service and many special programs like Reserve-A-Ride and Ride & Shop.

Jackson Transit black bus

Community Involvement



JATA provides 590,700 trips per year, that's 1,925 trips per day!

JATA provides 261,400 trips per year for the elderly and people with disabilities! 

During the fiscal year, approximately $3,000,000 in state and federal public transportation fund will flow into the city, which encourages local economic growth.

A one mill tax would equal $30  on a $60,000 home. That's approximately 8 cents a day.

JATA has proven over the years that we are more than just a transit system. Our staff members are and have been on numerous advisory boards.

The boards’ interests range from housing, individuals with disabilities, senior citizens, betterment of Jackson (Chamber of Commerce), saving the Michigan Theater, and the MACI project just to name a few.

Hot Air Jubilee
Priceless Gift Toy Store
Pow Wow
Resource Fair (Visually Impaired)
Smart Commute Days
Project Connect (Housing Problems)
Transit Pool
United Way
Hot Tickets
Free Rides to the Voting Polls
Military Appreciation (Bus Pass)
Fill A Bus
Food Pantries
Friendly Home
Balloon Fest
Mass Trans
Walkable Communities
Angel Street Store
Kids Fest
New Year Eve Shuttle
Christmas Dinner Shuttle
Easter Dinner Shuttle
Civil War Muster
Learning Fair (Technology & The Arts)
Retired Senior Volunteer Program
Chamber of Commerce


The JATA main facility, the Paul Dupuis Administrative Facility, is located at:
2350 East High Street
Jackson, Michigan 49203-3490
JATA’s Transfer Center is located in the central business district at:
127 W. Cortland.
Jackson, Michigan 48204

Employment Opportunities

A woman in the office.

JATA accepts applications on an on-going basis for bus operators and technicians. JATA is an equal opportunity  employer.

To apply:

  1. Download the Employment Application (PDF)
  2. Complete the form
  3. Save form to your computer
  4. Email form to

The JATA main facility The Paul Dupuis Administrative Facility 2350 East High Street

JATA Transfer Center 127 W. Cortland

JATA Equal Employment Opportunity Statement (PDF)

Current Open Position

Date Posted:   December 8, 2017  End Date: 

The Jackson Area Transportation Authority (JATA), a mid-size public transportation entity, is searching for a Heavy Duty Diesel Mechanic.  The applicant must possess the following:  Class A Commercial Drivers License, Air brake, Passenger, and Towing.  Minimum of one year formal mechanics training or 3 years experience as a mechanic at a organized shop. 

We offer a competitive salary, full benefits package and pension plan. Interested parties may contact JATA at 517-787-8363 for an application or on our website at  our address is 2350 E. High St. Jackson, MI 49203

 Job Description Mechanic Responsible to: Maintenance Manager                         Reviewed: 2017 Essential Job Qualifications: Must have functional use of arms, legs, hands and fingers.  High school graduate or equivalent. 

Must possess or have the ability to obtain a class A Commercial Drivers  license- air brake, passenger and tow truck endorsements. Must be able to qualify for employment by successfully passing a D.O.T. physical and drug screen. Must have a minimum of one year formal mechanics training or three years experience as a mechanic working in an organized shop.               

Experience working on busses or trucks preferred. Possess or have the ability to obtain Michigan State Mechanic certification up to and including Master Heavy Duty Truck Mechanic - (A.S. E. certification recognized).  Ability to fill out necessary paperwork/input information into computer after work is completed Must possess minimum tools set as determined by JATA. 

Must be willing to learn and do Auto Body Repairs. 
General Duties:  Perform P.M. inspections on company vehicles.   Accomplish all minor and major repairs on company vehicles and equipment.  Road service calls.             Vehicle subsystem repair and rebuild.  (engine, trans., generator, starter, A.C.  etc..)Bus, truck, car and equipment surface preparation and repainting. Brake drum and rotor refinishing. Snow removal, Main facility and transfer center.             Open or close maintenance area.           Other duties as assigned.
Become a part of our team - Apply today!

Title VI Notice to the Public


Notifying the Public of Rights Under Title VI

Jackson Area Transportation Authority

  • The Jackson Area Transportation Authority operates its programs and services without regard to race, color, and national origin in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Any person who believes she or he has been aggrieved by any unlawful discriminatory practice under Title VI may file a complaint with the Jackson Area Transportation Authority.
  • For more information on the Jackson Area Transportation Authority’s civil rights program and the procedures to file a complaint, contact 517-787-8363 (TTY “711”); email title; or visit our administration office at 2350 E. High St., Jackson, Michigan 49203. For more information, visit
  • A complainant may file a complaint directly with the Federal Transit Administration by filing a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights, Attention: Title VI Program Coordinator, East Building, 5th floor-TCR, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE Washington, DC 20590


JATA bus in front of an institution building.


There are several ways to file a complaint.

Complaints may be filed in writing and mailed to:
Jackson Area Transportation Authority
Title VI coordinator
2350 E. High St.
Jackson, MI, 49203

A copy of the Title VI Complaint Form is available by calling (517) 780-3780.

We encourage use of the Title VI Complaint Form.