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Valley Area Transit Company, 54 Industrial Drive, Northampton, MA 01060
Valley Area Transit Company (VATCo) proudly provides fixed route bus service (7-days/week, 363 days/year) for the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority within the Hampshire County Area. We are currently seeking to fill part-time Bus Operator positionsValley Area Transit Company (VATCo) proudly provides fixed route bus service (7-days/week, 363 days/year) for the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority within the Hampshire County Area. We are currently seeking to fill part-time Bus Operator positions.
The Bus Operator’s primary responsibilities are to safely and efficiently operate his or her assigned Bus on a specified route in accordance with the time schedule allotted for that route; transport passengers over specified routes to local or distant points according to time schedules; act as a “front-line” Customer Service Representative for the Company using sound judgment, communication skills, and professional knowledge to assist customers with information, resolve problems and conflicts where possible, and assure passenger safety; promptly and accurately complete all required associated reports and forms on a daily basis. Must be able to thoroughly learn and understand routes and transfer points, required fare structure, and knowledge of Bus Operation, as well as meet all legal requirements for Commercial Driving and License Regulations. Must possess excellent Customer Service Skills. Must be able to meet the physical demands of this position.
Public Transit Bus Operators must meet the DOT Medical Requirements for Commercial Licensing and are required to obtain and maintain a current DOT Medical Card at all times. All Job Offers are made contingent upon meeting the DOT Medical Requirements of the job and obtaining a DOT Medical Card.
General Information about the Position
Upon hire, you will begin the Bus Operator Training Program. This program usually runs approximately 6-8 weeks and normally occurs Tuesday – Saturday, from 8:00am – 4:00pm. On occasion with advanced notice, this training occurs on a Monday- Friday schedule based on training topics and other factors. Therefore, some schedule flexibility is required during this training period.
Training Dress Code: The Training Dress Code includes a medium blue, long sleeved, button down, collared shirt, navy blue tie, dark blue khaki pants (with belt) and black closedtoed, non-slip shoes. Trainees are responsible for supplying their own clothing during the Training and Probationary Periods. A Uniform Allowance is available after successful completion of the Probationary Period.
To Be Considered
If you are selected for an interview, VATCo’s Office of Human Resources will contact you at the number on your application. Upon notification, your CDL license status, contact information, and appointment time will be confirmed, and a packet of information will be mailed to you, which will include all employment application paperwork.
If you are selected for an interview, please be aware of the following:
You must bring a current CDL License. Your CDL and endorsement status must be verified before the interview takes place. If you do not have a “P” endorsement on your license and/or have an Airbrake restriction, you cannot proceed to the interview.
You must bring a completed application packet to the interview. A packet will be sent to you along with the above referenced bus schedules after you make your interview appointment. Your current mailing address, phone number and license status will be confirmed when you call to make your interview appointment. All application paperwork must be completed accurately, thoroughly, and legibly to avoid delays in processing.
You must bring a current motor vehicle record to the interview, including one from each state in which you resided in the past ten (10) years. All driving records must be obtained in-person from the Registry of Motor Vehicles (cost to obtain is currently $20). Your record must be dated no more than 30-days from the date of the interview to be considered current and must be in good standing. Please do not request your driving record from the Boston Office since it is not necessary to have the Registrar’s signature on your record. Helpful Tip: If you resided outside the state of Massachusetts within the past 10 years, it is advisable to obtain your out-of-state driving records (if applicable) for your files prior to being selected for an interview, since it can often take significant time to do so. Doing so will expedite MVR verification process if you are selected for an interview. Driving records from outside the state of Massachusetts can be dated more than 30-days from the interview date, if the date covers all the time in which you resided in that state.
Based on DOT regulatory requirements, all commercial driving positions you previously held within the past two years will be subject to verification and drug/alcohol history checks.
All work history, especially commercial driving experience, must be verifiable to be considered for this position. All work-related references must be acceptable and completed timely.
Current contact information for at least three-work related references (including most recent employment) must be provided during interview process. All work-related reference checks will be conducted during the pre-employment process and must be received prior to the start of training.
Your post-offer criminal background check (CORI) must not reveal any disqualifying criminal history.
Candidates who are offered a position must pass a pre-employment DOT physical and drug screen. Obtaining a new DOT medical card from VATCo’s designated medical provider will be required.
Successful completion of the VATCo training program is required of all Bus Operators. NOTE: Some advanced preparation may be required prior to starting class. For example, during the pre-employment process, trainees may be issued routing guide materials to review in preparation for class training.
Flexible Schedule Requirement: Current training occurs on a varied schedule Monday – Sunday, depending on a variety of factors including trainer/trainee availability, training topics and other factors. Therefore, some schedule flexibility is required during the initial training period.
Once training is completed, your specific workdays, specific days off and specific work hours are based on seniority and the result of the bidding process and are subject to change with each work bid. It is expected that you will regularly be required to work Saturdays and/or Sundays, and/or during the evenings. VATCo currently operates bus service on all holidays except Thanksgiving and Christmas. No guarantee of any specific holiday off can be made. Service is reduced when area colleges are not in session, thereby reducing the number of shifts available for part-time employees.
You must obtain a DPU card if hired. The company will sponsor obtaining the DPU card if you do not already have one.
You will be required to complete the self-certification process either in-person at the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles or (2) online using the RMV’s online service. Regardless of whether you completed this process in the past, you must do so again after you complete your pre-employment and DOT physicals and obtain a current medical card.