Be the Face of Greater Dayton RTA. Be a Bus Operator, Service & Repair Mechanic, or Utility Cleaner.  

Looking to Start a New Fast-Paced Career?

If you answered "yes," then a career with Greater Dayton RTA (GDRTA) might be for you. Our employees receive excellent benefits, including a competitive salary, health insurance, vacation time and more.

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GDRTA Fixed Route Operators, Mechanics, and Utility Cleaners Carry a Commercial Driver’s License with passenger endorsement. 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. 

Or, you might consider becoming a Paratransit Operator which does not require a CDL. This specialized service is complementary to our regular fixed bus routes and provides transportation for people with disabilities who cannot use line service buses. 

Obtaining a CDL Permit

In order to start GDRTA training in positions where a CDL is required, you must have a CDL permit, which is basically a learner’s 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 the test and you will be given three attempts to pass it. There are three parts to the test: General Knowledge, Passenger Endorsement, and Air Brake Endorsement. 

NOTE: This test is much more difficult than the test you take to get your first driver’s license. You must study the manual carefully to pass. If you don’t pass all three parts in three attempts, you will have to pay another $27 to retake the test. 

The CDL permit is valid for 6 months, which gives you enough time to get driver training you will need to take a State of Ohio CDL driving test.

Experience is NOT Required

GDRTA encourages 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. 


GDRTA’s training takes place over four to eight weeks depending on position.

On your first day, new student operators are scheduled for GDRTA’s New Employee Orientation Program. The orientation includes presentations on company benefits, meeting the organization Senior Leaders and learning about each departmental responsibilities. 

If you do not have a CDL with passenger endorsement, a GDRTA instructor will teach you all aspects of the CDL driving test before you take the Ohio State driving test. You will drive a GDRTA bus when you take the test. 

By the end of training, you will have logged many hours driving a bus, be very comfortable behind the wheel and be ready to begin your career with GDRTA. 

Qualifications for these Positions

      Must be at least 21 years old

Must have a valid Ohio Driver's License and qualify to obtain a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) permit (except for Paratransit positions)

Must have a high school diploma or equivalent (G.E.D.) from an accredited school

Must have proof of U.S. citizenship or authorization to work in the U.S.

Must have a steady work history

Must have reliable transportation

Must verify the past three (3) years’ driving record and meet the following criteria:

No more than one moving violation within 1 year.

No more than 2 moving violations in last 3 years.

No revocation/suspension in last 5 years.

No OMVI or DUI in last 5 years. 

Must be able to work early mornings, evenings, weekends, holidays, and on occasion, mandatory overtime. GDRTA operates nearly 24 hours each day, 365 days per year. 

Prior to the start of training, all applicants will be required to pass a drug test and a physical capabilities assessment, and acquire a Department Of Transportation Medical Card (except Paratransit positions) with an expiration date greater than 90 days. 

Union Representation

GDRTA Operators and Maintenance personnel are represented by the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1385