Fixed Route Operator P/T

Des Moines, IA posted on May 15

The Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART), the largest public transit agency in Iowa, is hiring Fixed Route Bus Operators.

If you have a CDL (or CDL permit), airbrake and passenger endorsements (or permits), and customer service experience, you will be fast-tracked through our hiring process.  If you don't have a CDL or bus operator experience, you are still encouraged to apply.  DART will provide training to those who are a good fit, and we will pay you while you train.   

The right candidates will have excellent work history, ability to communicate clearly and effectively, and the desire to work with people.

What do we offer?

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Coverage
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Deferred Compensation Plan
  • I.P.E.R.S. Retirement System
  • Long Term Disability
  • Holidays

Fixed Route Operators Job Summary: To operate assigned diesel and gasoline powered buses and variety of DART vehicles safely and effectively; to follow established company policies and procedures regarding the transportation of passengers, vehicle safety and appearance and the reporting of mechanical, traffic or behavioral problems encountered; to assist passengers with physical disabilities; to maintain positive public relations with the passengers in the provision of ongoing transportation services.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Signing in on time, locate your assigned bus in the garage and set all route signs.  
  • Inspect the bus and perform necessary vehicle checks (tires, gas, oil, lights, etc.) 
  • Report equipment malfunctions to appropriate shop personnel for correction. 
  • Collect faires 
  • Regulate heating, cooling and ventilation systems for passenger comfort. 
  • Report delays, breakdowns, and accidents using two-way radio. 
  • Submit written reports of all accidents involving his/her bus. 
  • Must comply with all local traffic regulations. 

Job Qualifications: 

  • 21 years of age or older
  • Must possess a High School Diploma/GED or equivalent. 
  • Possess (or be able to earn) a valid Iowa CDL w/Air Brake and Passenger endorsements.
  • Physical exam is required. 
  • Must maintain driver insurability standards. 
  • Job related experience is preferred. 
  • Knowledge of city, suburbs and county streets and landmarks is essential.