CTA to Host Three Job Fairs to Recruit Part-time Bus Operators

March 25, 2008

The Chicago Transit Authority will hold three job fairs to recruit 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.

The job fairs will be held at the following locations:

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Austin Town Hall

5610 W. Lake Street

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Monday, April 21, 2008

South Shore Cultural Center

7059 South Shore Drive

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Humboldt Park Fieldhouse

1440 N. Sacramento

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Eligible applicants should have strong customer service skills. 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 Class "B" Commercial Driver's License (CDL) or permit with the necessary three endorsements: knowledge, passenger and air brakes. The permit must be valid throughout the hiring and training process. 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. Applicants must also provide proof that they are at least 21 years of age.

For those applicants that are hired as part-time bus operators between April 1 and July 1, 2008, and successfully complete 90 days of continuous employment, CTA will reimburse one $50 testing fee and one $12 court-purposes driving abstract fee for first-time Class "B" CDL permit holders with the proper endorsement.

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

Job fair attendees will have the opportunity to speak with CTA Human Resources personnel about the position and the benefits package available to part-time bus operators. Interested applicants also can apply online at the CTA web site at www.transitchicago.com.


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