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April 17, 2013

Metro Transit Looking To Hire 100+ New Bus Drivers

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – (April 17) – Metro Transit is looking for a few good men and women who are safety-minded and interested in a career working with people.

The transit agency is hiring bus drivers. As a result of expanded demand for transit, there are more than 100 open positions available for people with good driving records, customer service skills and a desire to join a stable and growing organization. Metro Transit currently employs about 1,450 bus and 60 light-rail train operators. The average tenure of current Metro Transit bus and rail operators is more than 10 years.

Metro Transit bus drivers begin on a part-time basis, choosing to work either weekdays or weekends. All part-time weekday drivers are guaranteed 30 hours of work per week at a starting wage of $17.27 per hour and benefits - including health, dental and life insurance, paid vacation, a pension and an unlimited-use transit pass.

With the current pace of training, new part-time drivers can expect opportunities for full-time driving within months.

Metro Transit provides on-the-job training. Experienced instructors teach safety, customer service basics and help trainees earn their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) certification.

Later this year, some current Metro Transit bus drivers will transfer to positions as rail operators on the new METRO Green Line, which will open next year. Newly hired drivers will take the place of some of those joining the rail division.

More details are available at along with an online application and a video that offers step-by-step instructions of the application process.

Metro Transit is a service of the Metropolitan Council. Customers boarded Metro Transit buses and trains more than 81 million times in 2012.

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