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Begin Your Transportation Career as a Bus Operator

Bus Operator Positions

With more than 2,000 clean-air buses operating throughout LA County, Metro relies on an extensive team of bus operators to carry out our mission every day. Bus operators are at the core of Metro service and gain valuable experience for careers in transportation.

Start your transportation career as a Metro bus operator. Join us!

  • More than 300 bus operator positions available
  • Interviews, agility assessment and background checks – all in one day!
  • No written test will be required


8:00 am – 1:30 pm
Metro – Central Maintenance Facility (CMF)
Building #2
490 Bauchet St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Free parking will be available on site.

Metro offers competitive hourly rates and great benefits, such as:

  • Positions start at the part-time rate of $15.82 per hour
  • Health insurance
  • Tuition reimbursements
  • Paid trainings
  • Retirement plan options
  • Part-time flexible hours

Items to bring to the hiring event:

  • Driver’s license (must be 21 years of age)
  • Ten-year (H6) driving record dated within 30 days (obtainable from the DMV Office)
  • Professional resume

Process may take up to four hours. Please plan to stay for the entire duration of the event. For more information, contact the Metro Employment Office at 213.922.6217.

Metro offers competitive benefits

  • All part-time Operators start at $15.82 per hour. Pay rate increases incrementally according to the union contract. Top wage is $24.34 after 48 months.
  • Part-time flexible hours
  • Medical, dental and vision plan
  • Tuition reimbursements
  • Paid trainings
  • Retirement plan options

The road to becoming a Metro bus operator

Step 1: Submit an application

Visit and follow instructions to apply online.

Step 2: Screening, testing and interview

If your skills meet the qualifications, Metro Talent Acquisition will email you to schedule a screening and multiple choice test. This takes about two hours at Metro Headquarters. Based on the results, you will receive an interview date.

If you succeed in the interview, you must pass the following before you can start training:

  • Background check
  • Employment verification
  • Information session
  • Bus Operator Candidate Assessment Test (BOCAT)
  • Pre-employment physical exam

Step 3: Obtain a Commercial Driver License (CDL) Class B permit

Before orientation and training, you must have a CDL Class B permit, which allows you to drive vehicles with air brakes and carry passengers. To get this permit, you must take a written test at any California DMV office .

Step 4: Orientation and training

Once you have the CDL B permit, you will be scheduled for orientation and eight weeks of paid training at Metro. During the last two weeks of training, you will take a written and road test to obtain your Class B license.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Metro is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, ancestry, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, age, veteran status, or disability.

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