Career Story: Tamika



Name: Tamika
Position: Bus Operator
Department: Bus Operations
I RIDE the Red Line ‘L’ when I want to shop on State St.

Keep our bus fleet moving at CTA. Bus drivers deliver friendly, professional and reliable transit service to our customers each and every day. We recruit individuals who demonstrate strong people skills, a personal commitment to safety, patience, and are excellent problem-solvers.

Drivers operate buses over established routes in a safe, efficient and courteous manner to help passengers travel to their destinations. A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) is required but you may be able to acquire one through the CTA Driver Training Program. A successful candidate will meet the following basic requirements:

  • Be at least 21 years of age;
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent;
  • Hold a valid State of Illinois Class "B" Commercial Driver's License (CDL) or a valid State of Illinois CDL permit with the following three endorsements: knowledge, passenger and air brakes;
  • A safe driving record;
  • Be customer service-oriented.

Successful candidates will need a Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) or a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) from the IL Secretary of State's Office. Learn how to obtain your CLP.

System status snapshot
‘L’ route status
Blue Line
Normal Service
Brown Line
Normal Service
Green Line
Normal Service
Orange Line
Normal Service
Pink Line
Normal Service
Purple Line
Normal Service
Yellow Line
Normal Service
Bus routes w/alerts
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