Bus Operators

Ben Franklin Transit   Richland, WA   Full-time     Transportation
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Posted on November 6, 2020

Want to join a team that’s going places?

Ben Franklin Transit is looking to hire Bus Operators to join the Operations team! This individual will operate fixed-route buses in the Benton and Franklin County service area and perform a full range of activities to ensure the safe, timely, and professional transportation of passengers. For more information about this position and to apply, visit https://www.bft.org/careers/
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS High School diploma or G.E.D. equivalent and be 21 years of age plus five years of driving experience. Must possess a valid Washington State driver license. STARTING SALARY$19.14 per hour, $39,811.20 per year.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities/KSA

  • Drive vehicle over specified routes or to specified destinations to transport passengers adhering to established time schedules; comply with traffic regulations ensuring passenger safety.
  • Provide courteous and respectful behavior to passengers; respond to questions regarding fares, schedules, routes, and transfer points.
  • Pick up and drop off passengers at designated bus stops; collect fares, tickets, and transfers; validate passes.
  • Conduct a thorough visual pre-and post-trip inspections on assigned bus and equipment following Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations; report malfunctions, damages, or equipment failures accordingly to management.
  • Assist passengers, such as elderly or disabled individuals in boarding or departing bus; ensure they are properly seated; load/unload wheelchair/mobility device and secure appropriately.
  • Troubleshoot enroute problems; notify dispatch regarding mechanical issues, potential safety concerns, traffic problems, road hazards, and accidents.
  • Promote passenger safety and BFT's Code of Conduct; handle passenger conflicts and disruptive passengers; respond to medical emergencies; notify dispatch when assistance is needed.
  • Implement Agency protocols in the event of vehicle or non-vehicle-involved accidents.
  • Announce stops using public address system; keep passengers informed of delays.
  • Complete paperwork including timesheets, day card, arrival and departure times, occurrence/incident reports, passenger counts, types of fares used, and log books.
  • Perform special service assignments, bus bridges, fill services and acts as replacement driver; assist in training new drivers.
  • Maintain cleanliness of vehicle.
  • Work with and maintain confidential information.
  • Demonstrate regular and punctual attendance.
  • Other duties as assigned.