The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District is looking for self-starting, friendly individuals with customer service skills to join MTD as Part-Time Bus Operators. Train for your CDL (while being paid) and learn to safely serve the public as a professional driver.

Please note that training is 40 hours per week, Monday - Friday from 6 AM – 2:30 PM for the first 4 - 5 weeks. For the next 3 - 4 weeks, training is 40 hours per week and the times will fluctuate based on availability. Once training is complete you will be able to transition to part-time flexible hours. Part-time Operators work a minimum of 20 flexible hours per week with the opportunity for additional hours.


  • Health, vision, and dental with NO monthly premium for employee available after 90 days with an average of 30 work hours per week
  • Paid sick and personal time
  • State retirement plan


  • Training Wage: $18.20 per hour
  • Wage after training: $22.26 - $25.97/per hour based on experience 
  • Top wage: $37.10 per hour 

Education Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required

Experience Requirements

Under general supervision, operates District vehicles, transports passengers in a safe, courteous, and timely manner, and communicates with and assists passengers as required.

  • A minimum of five years of experience driving any motor vehicle (including private vehicle/car) is required.
  • Experience working in a customer service setting, such as retail, food service, office reception, or related work setting, is preferred.
  • Must be 21 years of age or over.
  • Must hold a valid State of Illinois driver’s license with a current mailing address listed and have maintained a valid Driver’s License (any state) for at least five years. 
  • Must be able to pass a Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) check for prior traffic violations, including no major violations the past five years and no minor violations for the past three years.
  • Hold, or obtain within 60 days of hire, an Illinois Commercial Learners Permit is required.
  • Hold, or obtain within six months of hire, an Illinois Class A or B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with passenger and airbrake endorsement is required. 


Under general supervision, operates District vehicles, transports passengers in a safe, courteous, and timely manner, and communicates with and assists passengers as required.

  • Operates all models of buses and vans and other District vehicles as assigned for the purpose of transporting passengers safely and courteously, and transports District vehicles between locations as required
  • Provides assistance to all passengers, answering questions, and providing information to allow for a safe and satisfying experience.
  • Operates passenger lift and kneeler equipment to provide access to and from District buses and vans
  • Operates electronic and computerized radio, electronic destination signs, doors, lifts, camera security systems and other equipment installed on District vehicles
  • Communicates with Control for the purpose of providing information on fares, transfers, routes, and other policies and rules concerning conduct, service, safety and policy changes
  • Assists individuals with physical and/or mental limitations, for the purpose of providing access to public transportation and ensuring passenger safety
  • Provides service on normal route schedules for school children from middle school to high school age in a safe and courteous manner
  • Provides written and verbal reports to document incidents, including accident reports, incident reports and vehicle defect reports
  • Monitors the fare box, transfers, and passes to ensure accurate fare amounts for seniors, adults, youth, and persons with disabilities
  • Inspects MTD vehicles to ensure safe access when boarding and exiting, as required by law, and reports malfunctions and other needed repairs promptly
  • Observes and responds to emergency situations involving passengers, the public, or MTD vehicles for the purpose of maintaining public/passenger safety, and proper bus operation

The list of duties and responsibilities is not intended to be all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities that management may deem necessary. The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. This job description is subject to change as needs of the District, and the tools we use, evolve over time.

Work Hours

Work shifts vary from day to night, as needed. MTD operates seven days a week, including weekends and holidays, and this position may require some work outside of traditional business hours.

Training: The total training pro

  • The first 4 - 5 weeks are 40 hours per week, Monday - Friday from 6 AM - 2:30 PM. 
  • The last 2 - 3 weeks are generally 40 hours per week, and the days/hours will fluctuate. 
  • Once training is complete you will be able to transition to part-time flexible hours. Part-time Operators have to give a minimum of 20 hours per week of availability, including two weekend days per month.

Other Information

Physical Demands

  • The exertion level required for this position is considered medium work.
  • Ability to sit without discomfort for prolonged periods of time on a variety of driver’s seats in different model vehicles.
  • Fit safely behind the steering wheel in such a manner that a safe clearance exists between the abdomen and the steering wheel.
  • Fit in the driver’s seat to safely operate the accelerator, brake pedals and floor signal switches.
  • Constant and repetitive use of hands, arms, and fingers to grasp and push steering wheel and controls.
  • Turn head up to 180 degrees in either direction on a regular and frequent basis.
  • Walk and climb/descend steps to enter and exit a District vehicle.
  • Operate the various securement mechanisms to secure a wheelchair on a District vehicle.
  • Occasionally crouch, kneel, and bend to complete pre- and post-trip checks and to assist customers.
  • Position requires ability to talk and hear; use vision to read printed materials, signs, and monitor traffic, and dexterity to use equipment properly.
  • Exert up to 50 lbs. of force occasionally or a up to 20 lbs. of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.

Additional Information

  • All MTD employees are trained on the Management System Policy and the impacts associated with this position.
  • Applicant must pass a pre-employment background check, physical, and drug and alcohol testing.
  • Applicant must be able to obtain and maintain a DOT Medical Card.
  • The employee will be subject to random drug and alcohol testing throughout their period of employment and is required to comply with MTD’s Drug & Alcohol Policy which includes being cannabis-free in all safety-sensitive positions.

Work Environment

Employee will be confined to a driver’s seat and subject to varying noise levels and frequent interruptions. The District operates vehicles in service through various weather conditions at all hours of the day and night. Employee will be subject to high traffic, air and noise pollutants, vehicle contaminants, and temperature extremes. 

Training Wage: $18.20/per hour

Wage after training: $22.26 - $25.97/per hour based on experience 

Top wage: $37.10/per hour 

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As with all MTD positions, candidates for this position must pass a drug test. The MTD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Apply for position at Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, 1101 East University Avenue in Urbana. For more information, contact Sasha at 217.384.8188.