Part-Time Bus Operator

 SALARY:  $19.72 hourly
 DEPT::  Bus Transportation
 LICENSES/CERTIFICATIONS:  A valid Driver's License is required.
 SAFETY SENSITIVE:  This is a Safety Sensitive Position. Incumbents will be subject to periodic random drug & alcohol testing.
 ESSENTIAL CLASSIFICATION:  During declared States of Emergencies, employees working in this classification are required to report to work for their assigned work hours or as directed by supervisory personnel.



The Part-time Bus Operator will operate an MBTA Surface Vehicle; be responsible for the safety of passengers and equipment; perform vehicle inspections to ensure proper operation; collect designated fares from passengers; assist in emergency situations and work under occasional supervision following MBTA guidelines and procedure.


  • Operate a surface line vehicle along assigned routes.
  • Pick up passengers; collect fares; check passes and ID cards for validity.
  • Protect revenue collected according to defined procedures.
  • Inspect and/or test the vehicle (including but not limited to brakes, lights, signs, doors, mirrors, wipers, tires and horn) to ensure serviceable condition.
  • Regularly climb onto side of bus and reach with hands and arms to adjust side view mirrors.
  • Ensure the proper signs are displayed and changes as needed during each trip.
  • Clearly announce destination at service stops and connecting points.
  • Notify the Bus Control Center Dispatcher of any emergency, requesting additional assistance if needed; and evacuate passengers if the emergency situation warrants action and the Inspector is not available to make the decision.
  • Refer disputes over ID validity or fare collection to the Official in charge of the station.
  • Produce a written report to the Superintendent if the dispute is not resolved.
  • Prepare accident reports as required.
  • Respond to each inquiry, whether from a customer, vendor or co-worker in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Be familiar with the MBTA Safety Plan as well as the Part-time Bus Operator job responsibilities as outlined.
  • Work any and all shifts and/or locations as assigned or directed.
  • Respond or report to work as directed by supervisory personnel for emergencies, extreme weather conditions or nay other abnormal conditions that impair service or safety of service, twenty-four (24) hours per day, seven (7) days per week.
  • Adhere to the rules, regulations, collective bargaining agreements (if applicable) and policies of the Authority including EEO, Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment and Anti-Retaliation policies.


  • Possession of a high school diploma or its equivalent (G.E.D.).
  • Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
  • Ability to successfully complete validated selection exam.
  • Possession of a valid driver's license.
  • Possession of a valid Class B Massachusetts Commercial Driver's License (CDL) permit with General Knowledge, Air Breaks, and Passenger endorsements at the time of hire.
  • A satisfactory driving record for at least two (2) years prior to the date of hire.
  • A satisfactory non-renew display for tickets report from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.
  • Ability to pass background screenings including criminal background check, driving record check, educational verification, employment verification and references.
  • Ability to pass selection interview.
  • Ability to meet the MBTA medical qualifying standards established for this position, including a drug and alcohol test.
  • Ability to pass the Department of Telecommunications and Energy (DTE) skill performance and road test.
  • Ability to read, write, comprehend, speak and respond to instructions, posted signs, and inquiries in English.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with customers, employees, and vendors.
  • Successful completion of the required probationary period of 120 working days.
  • Availability to work twenty four (24) hours per day, seven (7) days per week.