Bus Operator

  • San Mateo, California
  • Jun 27, 2022
Full Time Transportation or Transit

Job Description

Bus Operations Information

SamTrans operates 76 bus routes throughout San Mateo County and into parts of San Francisco and Palo Alto. The Bus Operator safely transports passengers along assigned routes, making designated stops.

Bus Operator Job Summary

The Bus Operator is a full-time, hourly and deemed to be a Safety Sensitive position.

The work location is either in South San Francisco, CA and/or San Carlos, CA.

The work schedule is determined by seniority, therefore, it will include: Days, Swing shifts, evenings, weekends, and holidays.


No previous Bus Operator or commercial driving experience required. We will provide paid training consisting of both classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction. Come drive with us, all you need is the following:
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • One year of fulltime customer service or public contact experience.
  • A valid Class "C" California Driver's License with two years of continuous good driving record.

Other Requirements :
  • Must be able to obtain and present a Class "B" Commercial Driving Permit (with Passenger and Air Brakes Endorsements) on the first day of employment.
  • Successful in the pre-employment process.
  • Must be able to operate and clearly communicate over District radio communications system.
  • Must have effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must meet the Samtrans' good driving record at the time of application.


1.) Application will be screened for minimum qualifications and completeness. Include the submission of the supplemental questionnaire.

2.) Email invitation will be sent to those that are continuing in the selection process. The process can include written assessment, structured panel intervew, and seat test.

DMV Record Check

Review of your K4 driving record from the DMV to determine if you meet the “Good Driving” record standard set by SamTrans. You may be disqualified or rejected for one of several reasons.
  • Your DMV record may not meet District driving standards
    • If you have more than 3 moving violations in the last 5 years
    • If you have an at-fault accident in the last 5 years
    • If your license was suspended for moving violations
    • If you have violations such as reckless driving or DUI within the last 7 years
    • If your DMV record shows a pattern of irresponsible driving or repeat offenses, even if violations do not fall within the automatically disqualifying time limit

Panel Interview
  • If qualified, you will be scheduled for a 20 minute oral interview with a panel consisting of three individuals
  • Assessment of your oral communication skills and other required competencies are deemed critical to be a high quality Bus Operator for the District

Seat Test
  • Assessment of physical condition in one of our buses to determine your ability to operate the vehicles and equipment.

3.) Conditional Job Offer and Pre-Employment Process

Upon acceptance of a conditional offer, you will proceed to the following steps:
  • Criminal background and Employment/Education reference checks
  • Schedule for Medical Examination and Drug & Alcohol assessments
  • License/Permit - You must obtain your Class B permit with Passenger & Airbrakes endorsements; if you have a class A license, you must obtain a Passenger endorsement
  • Department of Transportation (DOT) Drug & Alcohol history check
  • You must pass each step to be eligible for a conditional offer for a position as a Bus Operator Trainee.

The Bus Operator position is considered to be a safety-sensitive position by the U.S. Department of Transportation. All Bus Operators must participate in the District's drug and alcohol testing program. The District is a drug and alcohol-free work place. Any candidate who fails the pre-employment drug test will not be eligible to continue in the employment process.


Training Program

A Bus Operator Trainee is required to attend classroom and behind-the-wheel training for up to a 10-week period, five days a week, at a pay rate of $25.00/hour.

Bus Operator Salary Schedule

When trainees successfully complete the District's training program, they advance to a full-time Bus Operator position and their pay rate is increased.
  • Completion of training thru 6th month - $28.01/hourly
  • Beginning 7th mo thru 12th month - $29.88/hourly
  • Beginning 13th mo thru 18th month - $31.74/hourly
  • Beginning 19th mo thru 24th month - $33.60/hourly
  • Beginning 25th mo thru 30th month - $35.47/hourly
  • Beginning 31st month - $37.34/hourly


SamTrans has an excellent compensation and benefits package. Below are the highlights of our benefits. For more details informations, please visit: https://www.samtrans.com/about-samtrans/jobs/DriveWithUs

Retirement and Pension Plan

Our employees are eligible for both Social Security Benefits and CalPERS Pension Plan. Including lifetime medical benefits upon retirement. https://www.calpers.ca.gov/

California Public Employees Retirement Systems (CalPERS)
  • Classic Members - 2%@60 benefit formula, 3 year average of highest compensation up to the CalPERS compensation limits
  • New Members - 2%62 benefit formula, 3 year average of highest compensation up to the PEPRA compensation limits

Cafeteria Health Plans

District paid 100% premium coverage for Employee’s Dental, Vision and Life insurance.
  • Medical Plans (Selection include Anthem, Blue Shield, HealthNet Smart, Kaiser, PERS Choice PPO and PERS Select PPO)
  • Dental Care (Delta Dental)
  • Vision Care (VSP)
  • Life Insurance (Group Life Insurance and Optional Life Insurance)
  • State Disability
  • Workers Compensation

Additional Fringe Benefits
  • Annual Bus Pass for Employee and eligible dependent
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (eligible Health and Dependent Care Expenses)
  • Education Assistance and Tuition Reimbursement Programs (College Education and Professional Training/Certifications)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Computer Purchase Loan Program
  • Credit Union (San Mateo Credit Union)

Holidays and Paid-Time-Off (PTO)
  • District recognized Holidays (7)
  • Up to (5) Floating Holidays
  • Up to (21) days of accrued PTO

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Human Resources Department will make reasonable efforts in the recruitment/examination process to accommodate applicants with disabilities upon request. If you have a need for accommodation, please call (650)508-6308.

SamTrans' is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities, women, persons with disabilities, veterans and disabled veterans are encouraged to apply.

Job Address

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