New Year, New Career! Join the Team that Moves Chicago. CTA Seeks to Hire Bus Operators and Bus Mechanics

January 24, 2023

Commercial Driver’s License not required to apply. Employees receive paid training, and benefits that include increased hourly wages and a new $1,000 hiring bonus!

Take the first step towards establishing a new career in the new year within the diverse field of transportation by attending the Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) Hiring Event on Saturday January 28th at CTA Headquarters.

The CTA is seeking applicants for Bus Operator and Bus Mechanic positions, which offer newly increased competitive pay – starting hourly wages for Bus Operators is $28.99 and Bus Mechanic is $40.59 – as well as excellent health benefits, pension, and opportunities for advancement. Plus, a hiring bonus of $1,000! The bonus will appear on the first paycheck and employees must remain at CTA for one year.

“Right now, is an exceptional time to join us at CTA! Beginning a long career in public transit will allow Chicagoans to start a rewarding public service career.  We offer free training to obtain a commercial drivers’ licenses and you can help us in moving Chicago forward,” said CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr.  “CTA offers great benefits and career growth opportunities and now with the extra incentive in signing bonus and increase in pay, it’s a great time to join the CTA.”  

Applicants who possess excellent customer service skills and are interested in seeking employment with options for developing a rewarding career path in the transportation industry are strongly encouraged to attend:

Saturday, January 28th

9 a.m. to 1p.m.

CTA Headquarters

567 West Lake Street, Chicago IL 60661

Presentations: 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

                           Registration: http://ow.ly/iVRT50Murbg

CTA is offering application workshops, on-site testing, interviews, and an opportunity to start the pre-employment process for those who qualify.

CTA has expanded recruitment and hiring efforts as part of the “Meeting the Moment” Action Plan, a multi-tiered effort to provide more reliable service and improve the customer experience. In 2022, the CTA has hosted more than a dozen job fairs – both virtual and in-person. New operators and mechanics will help the agency address an industry-wide worker shortage, the main contributing factor to CTA’s current service challenges.

For a complete list of all available positions including trade, management, and administrative positions, please visit and apply online at: www.transitchicago.com/careers.

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