Start your transportation career as a Metro bus operator: attend hiring event on Dec. 11

If you are 21 years old or older and interested in becoming a Metro bus operator, don’t miss our one-day hiring event on Saturday, Dec. 11. There are more than 300 bus operator positions available, and staff will be conducting same-day interviews, agility assessment and background checks.

Event details:

Saturday, Dec. 11 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Metro Training Facility
470 Bauchet St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Free parking will be available on site.

Metro offers a $3,000 sign-on bonus (terms and conditions apply), great hourly pay and full benefits, such as:

  • Start at $17.75 per hour as a bus operator, with incremental pay rate increases up to $27.31
  • Part time with potential to become full time
  • Health insurance
  • Tuition reimbursements
  • Paid trainings
  • Retirement plan options

Please be sure to bring the following items to the hiring event: driver’s license, ten-year (H6) driving record dated within 30 days from your local DMV office, and a professional resume.

The event dress code is business casual with closed-toe shoes. The hiring process may take three to five hours. Please plan to stay for the entire duration of the event.

For more information, visit or contact the Metro Employment Office at 213.922.6217.


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6 replies

  1. It says 21 or older: is there an age limit? Or is there also ageism at Metro? I’m 74.

  2. “Bus service may experience delays due to a nationwide labor shortage.”

    MTA’s vague, defensive statement does a disservice to us riders who need to know which lines are affected. Being stranded at a bus stop at night, in the heat, cold, or rain is a safety issue.

    MTA might not bear responsibility for the operator shortage, but it can be faulted for (1) not acting earlier to remedy a problem that likely was a long time in the making and will take a long time to correct (2) scheduling runs for which they did not reasonably expect to have enough operators and (3) not disclosing which lines are subject to delays and run cancellations.

    Interestingly, the job announcement for operators neither mentions a Covid-19 vaccination requirement nor claims a high level of job satisfaction among current bus operators.

  3. Umm, I hate to brag, but it’s possible to earn even more working “gigs” that don’t require: dealing with (insert drug name here) addicts, homeless, entitled passengers, dirty passengers, communication issues with passengers who cannot speak English, detours, working graveyard shifts, harassers, trolls, etc. So tell me, why be a bus driver under the following that practically become standard in Public

    This is why you’re having a labor shortage while expecting your patrons to “understand the situation behind the inconvenience.”

    You know what, I personally don’t mind even crappier bus service in exchange to have a Level 1 bus drivers be paid at least $20/hour to start. Maybe get your Priorities in check, Metro. I don’t mean to be condescending, but drivers definitely deserve more.

    And ENFORCE THE MASK MANDATE!!! Respect is earned, not given!! You want everyone to respect the system and the rules, start with respecting them yourself.

  4. How much do rail operators start at? Do you have to be a bus operator first? I would think being a rail operator would be easier?

    • Hi,

      In order to become a Metro rail operator, you would need to start as a bus operator. Hiring/training is done internally.

      Thank you,

      Anna Chen
      Writer, The Source

  5. I’m about as far from a labor activist as there could be but the pay rate/scale for bus drivers is a disgrace. Most fast food places pay entry-level hourly wages above $17.75 yet Metro wants a drug-free, 21+, physically able, clear background applicant with customer service experience to apply? Then you get a part-time, on-call schedule? If you enforce a mask rule or, god forbid, ask someone to pay their fare you would probably be written up or suspended. We haven’t even gotten to the point where you have to drive a 40-foot bus through the worst traffic and some of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the country. Next up: Metro Board hires consulting company to multi-million-dollar contract to figure out why no one applied.