Be a Part of Our FUTURE.  Be a Bus Operator.

RTA is committed to providing safe, reliable, accessible and professional services while providing a work environment in which employees are highly valued and committed to providing the best in customer service.  We are committed to creating a diverse workforce that is driven by our Core Values of Respect, Our People, Integrity, Stewardship, Safety and Quality Service. 

 Bus Operator Positions

We are hiring bus operator positions in both full and part time capacities.  Applicants may choose to apply for either the Fixed Route Bus Operator openings or the Project Mobility Bus Operator openings.  These positions are described below.  We encourage all interested individuals to apply.  You do not need prior commercial driving experience. Our training program will provide all trainees with the essential skills needed to succeed on the job.

 Interested applicants may complete an application online at https://www.rtacareerhub.org

Fixed Route Bus Operator

Fixed Route Bus Operators require a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).  If you don’t have your Commercial License now, that’s OK. You can still apply. After you are hired, you must obtain a CDL temporary permit before you begin training in a commercial licensed required vehicle.  After you are offered a position, a Human Resource representative will let you know when you are required to have the permit.       

Obtaining a CDL Permit

You can get the permit by taking a three part written test given by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. To study for the test, you can get a free copy of the Commercial Driver’s License manual from any BMV office.  It will cost you $27 to take and you will be given four attempts to pass the test. There are three parts to the test: General Knowledge, Passenger Endorsement, and Air Brake Endorsement.  A passenger endorsement is required to operate an RTA vehicle.

Job Duties:

  1. Operate a large motor vehicle safely and courteously, transporting customers throughout the Miami Valley Region.
  2. Provide the highest levels of customer service and professionalism to RTA customers.
  3. Provide reliable on time service.
  4. Perform work in accordance with RTA’s Core Values, operating rules and regulations.

Qualifications:

  • Must have a valid Ohio Driver's License
  • Applicants do not have to possess a CDL with a passenger endorsement to apply, but MUST obtain a CDL permit with passenger endorsement by a date indicated by a Human Resource representative.
  • Must have a steady work history.
  • Must have experience working and communicating with the public.
  • Must be able to work but not limited to, early mornings, late evenings, week-ends and holidays.
  • Must be able to meet the requirements which include a Driver’s License and Criminal Background Check, Department of Transportation (DOT) Drug Test, DOT Physical, Physical Assessment and Profile Test.

Interested applicants may complete an application online at https://www.rtacareerhub.org.  

To download Fixed Route Bus Operator information click here.

Project Mobility Bus Operator

Project Mobility Bus Operators provide passengers with disabilities with safe, reliable, accessible and friendly transportation in vehicles designed for wheelchair lifts, seats and other special access.   Project Mobility Bus Operators are NOT required to have a CDL. 

Job Duties:

  1. Operate a large motor vehicle safely and courteously, transporting customers with disabilities, the elderly or others who meet service qualifications.
  2. Provide the highest levels of customer service and professionalism to RTA customers.
  3. Provide reliable on time service.
  4. Perform work in accordance with RTA’s Core Values, operating rules and regulations.

Qualifications:

  • Must have a valid Ohio Driver's License.
  • Must have a steady work history.
  • Must have experience working and communicating with the public.
  • Must be able to work but not limited to, early mornings, late evenings, week-ends and holidays.
  • Must be able to meet the requirements which include a Driver’s License and Criminal Background Check, Department of Transportation (DOT) Drug Test, DOT Physical, Physical Assessment and Profile Test.

Interested applicants may complete an application online at https://www.rtacareerhub.org

To download Project Mobility Bus Operator information click here

Bus Operator Training

On your first day, new student operators are scheduled for RTA’s On Boarding Program. The orientation includes presentations on agency benefits, meeting the CEO and lunch with the Senior Staff while learning about each departmental responsibilities.

Fixed Route Operator

Fixed Route Bus Operator training takes place over eight weeks.  If you already have a CDL with passenger endorsement, you may graduate training sooner than eight weeks.  If you do not have a CDL with passenger endorsement, RTA training staff will teach you all aspects of the CDL driving test before you take the Ohio State driving test. You will drive a RTA bus when you take the test.

Project Mobility Operator

Project Mobility Bus Operator training takes place over four weeks.  However, if you bring relevant prior experience you may graduate training sooner than four weeks.  RTA Training Supervisor’s will teach you all aspects of the service, provide coaching and teach you the many unique aspects of this service.

By the end of training for both programs, you will have logged many hours driving, be very comfortable behind the wheel and be ready to begin your career as a RTA Bus Operator.

Interested applicants may complete an application online at https://www.rtacareerhub.org