CTA Seeking Part-time Bus Operators

March 17, 2008

The Chicago Transit Authority is seeking applicants interested in joining the agency as part-time bus operators. CTA is planning to fill more than 400 part-time bus operator positions this year.

Eligible applicants should have strong customer service skills, the ability to speak in a clear and concise manner, and possess the math and comprehension skills needed to accurately read and interpret bus schedules. Applicants must also pass all other required testing in order to be eligible for hire.

In order to apply, all applicants must have a current Illinois Commercial Driver's License (CDL) permit. The permit must be valid throughout the hiring and training process. A CDL instruction permit expires one year from the date of issue. CDL permits can be obtained by passing a written exam through the Illinois Secretary of State's Office. The fee for a CDL permit is $50.

In addition, applicants must obtain a two-page court purposes driving abstract from the Illinois Secretary of State's Office. Abstracts may be purchased from the Secretary of State's Office for a $12 fee. Each page covers five years of history and applicants must provide a 10-year history of their driving record. The abstract also certifies that applicants do not have more than one driver's license, and that their driving privileges are not suspended, revoked, canceled or disqualified. Applicants must also provide proof that they are at least 21 years of age.

Starting pay for this position is $17.46 per hour with the potential to increase to $26.86 per hour.

Individuals interested in applying for the part-time bus operator positions can apply online at the CTA web site at www.transitchicago.com.

The CTA operates the nation's second largest public transportation system in the country and serves the City of Chicago and 40 surrounding suburbs. On an average weekday, 1.6 million rides are taken on the CTA. CTA has more than 2,000 buses in its fleet that operate over 154 routes and 2,273 route miles. Buses provide about 1 million passenger trips a day and serve more than 12,000 posted bus stops.


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