Help Keep Chicago Moving! CTA Seeking Bus Operator and Bus Mechanics Applicants

March 6, 2023

Commercial Driver’s License not required to apply. Second largest transit agency offering increased hourly wages, $1,000 hiring bonus and excellent benefits

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is hosting an in-person career fair for full-time Bus Operators and Bus Mechanics on Friday, March 10, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Now offering competitive pay rates, plus hiring and retention bonuses – this is the perfect time to learn more and apply for these full-time positions, which can lead to a long-term, rewarding career in transportation.

Both the Bus Operator and Bus Mechanic positions offer newly increased competitive pay rates – starting hourly wages for Bus Operators is $28.99 and Bus Mechanic is $40.59.  And for a limited time, CTA is also offering a hiring bonus of $1,000! The bonus will appear on the first paycheck and employees must remain at CTA for one year. These added incentives are in addition to excellent health benefits, pension, and opportunities for advancement.

“Careers in public transportation are incredibly rewarding. You can be part of moving Chicago forward and now is the perfect time to take the first step forward,” said CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr. “With CTA's new financial incentives for new hires, our positions are highly competitive and even more attractive to prospective employees.”  

Applicants who are interested in serving our city, are seeking full-time employment, and possess excellent customer service skills are encouraged to attend the following job fair:


Friday, March 10th

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

CTA Headquarters

567 West Lake Street, Chicago IL 60661

Presentations: 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

                               Registration: https://rb.gy/rdhmh8

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

This latest career fair is part of CTA’s ongoing and expanded recruiting, hiring and retention efforts to address an industry-wide shortage of transit workers.  New operators and mechanics are critical to helping the agency address current service challenges cause by staff shortages.

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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