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Bus Operator Job in Lima, Ohio US

Bus Operator

Allen County RTA - Lima, OH

Posted: 7/17/2020 - Expires: 8/16/2020

Job ID: 218984721

Job Description



Under the direction of the Superintendent or designee, individual will drive bus to transport passengers on specified routes according to time schedules. Individual must also be able to drive LTV’s which are used to operate the Uplift System for elderly or disabled passengers. Total weekly hours of 30 or more required for full time, less would be considered part time.

Open Interviews on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 from 9:00 a.m.– 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Applications will be provided on site at 200 E. High St. Lima, OH 45801. Questions?  Call Teresa at 419-222-5756.


  1. Conducts bus safety checks at the beginning of and during the shift to ensure all safety equipment is in place and operational.  Reports major mechanical problems immediately, and minor problems at the end of the shift.
  2. Complies with all local, state, and federal laws relating to bus operation.  Reports delays in maintaining route schedule, detours, and all accidents or injuries as soon as possible.
  3. Operates bus in a safe, reliable manner to provide a smooth and comfortable trip for bus passengers.  Regulates heating, air conditioning, lighting, and ventilating systems for passenger comfort.
  4. Answers inquiries regarding schedules, routes, transfer points, and street locations.  Maintains order on the bus.  Complies with safety rules and regulations.  Assists disabled passengers onto both the fixed route buses and the Uplift System.  Required to follow all federal laws in accordance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). 
  5. Collects fares,  prepares accident/incident reports at end of the shift and forwards to Superintendent.
  6. Performs other related duties as assigned by management.


Education and Experience:

High school graduate or equivalent is required. Special training in the operation of diesel-powered transit bus or heavy duty trucks is desirable. Minimum of one-year experience driving large vehicles is preferred.


Must have a valid Ohio CDL, Class B, including air brakes and passenger endorsement permit; we will train for CDL testing

Various training certifications will be required once hired

CPR and First Aid

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Must have the ability to operate a large vehicle in a proper and safe manner.  Must have a neat appearance, a pleasant attitude, and a courteous manner.  Must be able to work closely with the public.  Good public relations/communication skills required.  Knowledge of the city street system is desirable.  Must be able to prepare records and reports. Required to drive various bus/vehicle models.

Physical Requirements:

Physical requirements include:  sitting, standing, grasping, stooping, squatting, reaching, balancing, twisting, kneeling, pushing, pulling, climbing, and lifting.  Must be able to step up and down bus steps to assist disabled passengers on and off the bus. Manual deployment of the wheelchair ramp requires being able to lift up to 35 pounds. *Must be able to receive and maintain DOT medical certification.

Working Conditions:

Work is performed in a heated and air-conditioned bus.  May be exposed to weather conditions when assisting disabled passengers.

Miscellaneous Requirements:

This job description is applicable to the following classifications:  Bus Operator-90-day probationary period, and Bus Operator-thereafter.  The position requires approximately 120 hours (total) classroom and behind-the-wheel training.  Subject to Department of Transportation Drug and Alcohol Testing Program requirements.  Required to have updated contact information on file at all times. Required to wear uniforms provided by RTA.  Must be able to work both daytime and nighttime hours, split shifts, weekends, holidays, and overtime as required.  Must be able to work successfully with diverse groups of people.

*DOT physical certification information:

  • If you are taking blood pressure medication or if your blood pressure is greater than 140/90 during the exam, you will not qualify for a 2-year DOT card and will not be hired for the position of Bus Operator.
  • If you wear prescription glasses or contacts, make sure you bring them for the exam.
  • If you have hearing aids, bring them with you to the exam.
  • If you take blood thinners such as warfarin or Coumadin, bring documentation that your INR has been regulated for at least the last month.
  • If you have diabetes, bring documentation of A1C of less than 8.  Documentation must be less than 6 months old.
  • If you have been diagnosed with heart disease or heart attack or other cardiovascular condition bring a copy of your recent cardiac stress test results completed within the last two years.
  • If you have had heart surgery (valve replacement/bypass, angioplasty) bring a letter from your cardiologist clearing you to drive a commercial vehicle.
  • If you have a pacemaker, bring documentation of annual pacemaker check.
  • If you have been diagnosed with a nervous or psychiatric disorder, bring a letter from your psychiatrist clearing you to drive a commercial vehicle.
  • If you have been diagnosed with seizures or epilepsy, bring documentation from your treating provider that you have been seizure free without taking seizure medication for 10 years.
  • If you are on any prescription medications, bring the list of medication names with you.
  • DOT physical certification will be required for employment but paid by ACRTA.

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Job Summary

Employment Type:
Full Time Employee
Job type:
Regular Employment
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Education Level:
High school graduate
Work Days:
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