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Bus Operator

Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit, Inc. (TCAT) is Tompkins County’s provider of safe, reliable and affordable transportation with an annual ridership of over 4 million. TCAT recognizes that our employees are the key to fulfilling our community-driven mission and vision. In order to recruit and retain top talent, TCAT offers competitive pay, outstanding benefits, progressive training, paid time off and career growth opportunities. TCAT is following New York State COVID-19 guidance for public transportation which includes, physical distancing of passengers, mask requirements, cleaning and disinfection of equipment, and proper health screenings of all personnel.

In addition to seeking experienced CDL drivers, TCAT is currently providing the opportunity for safety-minded individuals with strong customer service experience to receive fully-paid CDL training with our highly-skilled staff. If you are committed to serving people, love to drive, and you are looking to make a meaningful career move, this is the position for you.

A day in the life…

All new TCAT Bus Operators undergo a comprehensive training program consisting of time spent in the classroom and on-the-road. Upon successfully obtaining your Commercial Driver’s License you will spend time in revenue service training familiarizing yourself with routes and solidifying your driving techniques with our team of Driver Trainers. Our program will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in your new role.

As a Bus Operator you will be responsible for providing safe and reliable transportation to TCAT passengers while delivering exceptional customer service. Driving a transit bus on a variety of routes throughout Tompkins County, you will play a pivotal role in connecting people to education, healthcare, employment and popular area destinations. Your day will include checking in with dispatch, performing vehicle inspections, navigating your route, monitoring fare box collection, and providing information and assistance to the public. Every day on the road gives you the chance to develop and refine your skills, making for a challenging yet highly rewarding experience.


  • $21.49 per hour + $1.00 per hour nightshift differential



The ideal candidate will possess a strong background in customer service. A commitment to safety, strong communication skills, the ability to read and follow written instructions, the ability to work with a team and independently, and strong judgement skills are a must. CDL-B with passenger and airbrake endorsements is a plus.


This position requires full availability including nights, weekends and weekdays. Scheduling is determined by a seniority-based bidding process; as you build seniority you will have the ability to bid on a wider selection of work assignments.


Union Membership

TCAT, Inc. is a union shop. Bus Operators will become members of the UAW Local Union 2300 upon successful completion of a 90-day probationary period.

Pre-employment Requirements

Post-offer motor vehicle record check, drug test, verification of past employment and criminal background check are required. Additionally, positions in this job classification are considered safety-sensitive and are subject to drug testing, including random drug screens, in accordance with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Drug and Alcohol regulations.

Physical Demands:

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

  • Must be able to drive and be seated for 4 up to 10 hours per day
  • Must be alert at all times
  • Must be able to bend, twist, stoop or crouch in the performance of pre-trips and other bus operator duties

Application Process

You will receive an email acknowledgment when you have successfully submitted an online application. You will be notified if you are selected for the next step of the application process. Please keep your contact information up-to-date.

TCAT, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer which includes protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans and military spouses are encouraged to apply.

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