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The Department of Transportation recruits Full Time and Substitute Bus Operators.  Our recruitment establishes an eligible list to fill current and future vacancies.

Current and future vacancies are located in our depots in Silver Spring, Gaithersburg and Kensington.

Applicants without CDL licenses are encouraged to apply.

Bus Operators are considered Essential Employees.  Essential employees must report to work during a period of general emergency or liberal leave. Bus Operators MUST also adhere to a strict Attendance Policy and be available to work a flexible schedule that includes nights, weekends, holidays, working split shifts, and a reasonable amount of overtime.  Ride On operational hours start at 3:30 am, and the last bus returns to the depot at 1:50 am.  We are a 22 hour, 7 days a week transit operation.

All selected Bus Operators initially start in a temporary operator trainee position.  The training period is for an average duration of 4-5 months until either the trainee completes all training requirements or a vacancy occurs.  The first 6 weeks are in a class room setting and hours are typically 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with some night time training from 1:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  Trainees then report to their assigned depot and will begin to drive passengers.  Once assigned to a depot, hours will vary.  Bus Operators are provided uniforms and paid full time at an annual salary of $41,971.00 (20.18 per hour),  per hour), during the training period.

Substitute Bus Operators work full time during the 6 week classroom setting.  Afterwards, they will work a substitute/intermittent schedule.

Basic Requirements are: 

* Must be over 21 years old

* Possess a valid driver’s license

* Have 3 years driving experience, and no more than 1 point on driving record.

****Experience driving a transit bus is a plus.


Medical Exam and Background Investigation:  All bus operator positions filled under this recruitment require a County administered medical exam with drug/alcohol screen and a criminal background clearance.

Duties include: Safe and on time operation of a transit vehicle in all types of climatic conditions.  Tactful and courteous interaction with the public.

Conducting self in an appropriate manner as a representative of Montgomery County Department of Transportation (DOT) working effectively in a diverse work environment, using professional judgment always, performing quality service to all riding public.

Operating transit bus while in strict compliance with DOT policies, procedures and all Federal and State traffic laws and regulations.  This includes using defensive driving techniques.

Maintain working knowledge of streets, current bus routes and stops within the County as well as DOT's current fare structure and bus pass programs.

Complying with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) in the operation of a public transit bus.  This includes providing accessibility for disabled passengers to board and de-board by properly operating the accessibility ramp and safely securing such passengers in a courteous manner, announcing designated stops, and pre-testing all passenger accessibility ramps and equipment during pre-trip inspections.

Completing required paperwork accurately and legibly as needed for pre-and post-trip or schedule, and/or for any incidents/accidents that may occur.

Completing farebox, passenger, and bus maintenance defect reports and maintenance repair forms when necessary upon completion of your scheduled shift.

Perform related duties as required.

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​We are an equal opportunity employer.


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