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  2021-02-19     Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District     Santa Cruz     $19.53 hour  

Use your excellent Customer Service skills and become a METRO Bus Driver.  We will train you to drive the Bus!

METRO is committed to the safety, health and well-being of our employees and customers.

We have implemented the highest level of safety protocols and steps to ensure our employees and the community are safe and healthy.

Salary schedule as follows:
Starting wage: $19.53 per hour.  After completing probation, $23.23 per hour.  5% yearly raise for 6 years.

Under supervision, transports passengers and operates transit buses on a fixed schedule in all phases of transit operations.


  • Operates transit buses and related equipment including passenger lifts.  
  • Transports passengers.
  • Collects fare and operate ticket and pass validation equipment.
  • Performs ridership surveys.
  • Reports bench, sign and shelter problems.
  • Operates mobile radio unit.
  • Coordinates passenger transfers and reports operations delays.
  • Prepares accident and incident reports and maintains simple records.
  • Make recommendations for safety and route improvements.
  • Complies with Santa Cruz METRO's safe driving program.
  • May perform office, dispatch and revenue collection duties and may utilize Santa Cruz METRO's computer hardware and software when assigned.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
  • Safe driving practices.
  • Basic skills in time calculation and map reading.


Ability to:

Safely operate all METRO buses.

  • Perform simple math calculations.
  • Deal courteously and effectively with the public.
  • Understand the problems of the elderly and handicapped and deal with them in a tactful manner.
  • Handle difficult and emergency situations calmly.
  • Read English and speak and write English clearly.
  • Operate mobile radio unit.
  • Willingness and ability to work unusual hours including nights, weekends, and holidays.

Special Requirements:

  • Possession of a current motor vehicle license  and the ability to obtain a California Class B driver’s permit prior to appointment.
  • Driving record at date of hire must be consistent with Santa Cruz METRO’s standards for this position.
  • Good attendance record in previous employment.
  • Safe driving record.

Must pass requisite background check.

Motor vehicle violations within the last ten years that may disqualify an applicant include, but are not limited to: convictions involving drugs or alcohol, hit and run, or reckless driving.  Motor vehicle violations within the last five years that may disqualify an applicant include, but are not limited to: more than one moving violation, more than one vehicle accident in which the applicant was found most at fault, and more than one vehicle license suspension.  Fingerprints will be taken and criminal histories verified.  A drug test will be administered as required by the Federal Transit Administration including random drug and alcohol testing after employment.  This position is Safety Sensitive and is subject to Santa Cruz METRO's Drug & Alcohol testing as required by FTA CFR 49.

  The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the company. All applicants will be notified electronically via email as to their status in the selection process. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure they can receive emails.
  Applications deadline:     2/28/2021
  Testing:                            First week of March 2021
  Interview dates:                The week of March 8
  Hire date:                      April 19, 2021

Do not contact this company in solicitation of any product or service.

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