Bus Operator

Bus Operator – Starting Pay $21.68 per Hour

This position is responsible for providing safe, efficient, and on-time delivery of passengers by means of public transportation



  • Drives one of several different buses, coaches or vans in a safe, courteous, and reliable manner along a designated route within a defined time schedule.
  • Notifies dispatch of deviations, overload, accidents, or passenger incidents.
  • Notifies dispatch of passengers’ medical or behavioral problems and bus mechanical or electrical trouble.
  • Stops at designated points to load and/or unload passengers.
  • Make certain that fares are deposited into the farebox correctly, distribute transfers, and dispenses information.
  • Advises passengers of rules and regulations when necessary.
  • Completes and submits written reports concerning passenger and bus incidents, preventable and non-preventable accidents.
  • Operates on-board computer,  fare box and destination signs.


  • High school diploma or GED required with the ability to read, write, and speak English.
  • Perform basic mathematical procedures.
  • Must possess a valid CDL License with passengers’ endorsement and have had no suspensions or revocations during the last five years.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with the public required.

Essential Job Functions

  • Deals with stressful situations occasionally. Must be prepared to always handle them.
  • Deals with the public 95% of the workday.
  • Uses decision making skills regularly regarding such things as emergency situations, traffic situations, and adjusting passenger schedules.
  • Must often make decisions quickly.
  • Concentration is essential to drive safely when confronted with distractions such as passenger conversation, radio conversation, traffic, etc.

Physical Requirements

  • Operating the vehicle is an essential function of the job.
  • Operator sits while operating vehicle approximately 80% of the workday.
  • Gets up as frequently as each half hour, for up to five minutes, when the schedule permits.
  • Stands and moves about the bus, transfer station and garage approximately 20% of the work- day.
  • Performs pre-trip inspection of bus by walking around and through bus.
  • Assists passengers in wheelchairs by securing the chair and by operating the wheelchair ramp.
  • Stoops or bends to secure wheelchairs in the bus, on the average of 10% of the workday–depends upon the number of wheelchairs.
  • Must be able to read and comprehend written material and distinguish material using close-up vision.
  • Depth perception, peripheral vision, distance vision, and color perception is required for driving.