Central Ohio Transit Authority
  • 19-Nov-2019 to 19-Dec-2019 (EST)
  • Transportation
  • Columbus, OH, USA
  • $18.57
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

COTA offers competitive benefits including: medical/Rx, vision, dental, supplemental insurance, life insurance, employee discounts, employee bus pass, wellness initiatives, on-site cooking classes & chair massages, on-site Health Coaches & Dietitians, tuition reimbursement, and retirement benefits through OPERS & Ohio Deferred Compensation.


The Central Ohio Transit Authority is seeking high potential applicants for the Bus Operator position. COTA is committed to excellence and provides a work environment in which employees are highly valued and committed to providing the best in customer service. If you share this commitment, then come join our team! COTA is currently seeking bus operators to begin our top rated, eight-week paid driver training. Pay after training, $18.57 per hour. Per our current labor agreement, our top pay after 7 years is $29.71/hour or $61,797/year. The Bus Operator position is considered to be a safety sensitive position; please complete the safety sensitive sections of the application.


  • Operates a motor vehicle safely and courteously, transporting customers over the various lines in COTA's system;
  • Provides the highest levels of customer service to COTA passengers (customers);
  • Performs work in accordance with operating rules and regulations.


  • Must be at least 21 years old;
  • Must have a valid Ohio Driver's License and qualify to obtain a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) permit;
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent (G.E.D.) from an accredited school;
  • Must have proof of U.S. citizenship or authorization to work in the U.S.;
  • Must have one year's experience in a public contact job, preferably as a sales clerk, waiter/waitress, customer service, etc.;
  • Must have a steady work history;
  • Must have reliable transportation;
  • Must verify the past three (3) years' driving record and meet the following criteria:
    • No more than one moving violation within 1 year;
    • No more than 2 moving violations in last 3 years; 
    • No revocation/suspension in last 5 years;
    • No OMVI or DUI in last 5 years;
    • No hit and skips in last 5 years;
    • No ACDA accident in last 5 years;
  • Must have a clean criminal record and undergo a thorough criminal background check. Some convictions may result in disqualification;
  • Must be able to work mandatory overtime to include, but not limited to, early mornings, evenings, and week-ends.

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