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RTD drivers do more than operate buses and trains. We make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. Join our team today and you’ll learn what it takes to provide safe, reliable and convenient service to thousands of people across the metro area.

We offer great benefits:

  • $19.40 - $24.57 per hour / $40,352 – $51,105.60 per year
  • $2,000 hiring bonus! *Conditions apply
  • Paid training (CDL training provided)
  • A full benefits package paid time-off, medical & dental, retirement pension and more.
  • No experience required. We’ll train you on everything!
  • Bus and light rail positions available
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Additional benefits:

  • Full time and part time opportunities
  • No experience necessary
  • In house education and training to learn additional skills
  • Education allowance
  • Growth potential and promotional opportunities
  • Paid training
  • Special employee only discounts with various retailers and sports venues
  • $375 initial credit toward the purchase of driver uniform
  • Pre-tax Medical and Dependent care programs
  • Credit Union Membership and other bank services
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Recognition Programs
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Bereavement Leave
  • Wellness Rehabilitation Program and Health Fairs
  • Free annual flu shots
  • Free bike check-out

*as of May 1, 2016. Subject to change.

*Some benefits may not apply to part-time positions

Hiring Bonus Details

Hiring bonus is paid out in scheduled payments upon completion of training/probationary period.

$2000 hiring incentive applies to all incoming bus operator, train operator and mechanic positions with the following exception:

Current RTD third party contractors not eligible. Candidate must not have worked for third party contractor for at least 12 months to be eligible for signing bonus.

Non-eligible Third Party Contractors:
  • First Transit - Longmont, Denver, Commerce City
  • Transdev
  • MV Transit
  • All Aboard Transit
  • Via Mobility
Payment schedule:
  • $500 upon completion of 7-week training for bus drivers or 90 day probationary period for mechanics
  • $500 at 6 months of employment
  • $500 at 12 months of employment
  • $500 at 18 months of employment

What our bus drivers do:

  • Drive one of several different transit buses or vehicles in a safe, courteous, and reliable manner throughout the service area within a daily assigned time schedule
  • Perform pre/post trip vehicle inspections as required
  • Stop at designated points to load and unload passengers
  • Assist in the boarding of passengers using wheelchairs or other mobility aids and properly secure wheelchairs and scooters
  • Notify dispatch of deviations, overload, accidents, passenger incidents, medical/behavioral problems, or mechanical/electrical trouble
  • Advise passengers of rules and regulations when necessary
  • Complete and submit written reports concerning passengers and all accidents
  • Operate on-board computer fare boxes and destination signs

What our light rail operators do:

  • Drive light rail vehicles in a safe, courteous, and reliable manner throughout the service area within a daily assigned time schedule
  • Perform pre/post trip vehicle inspections
  • Manually operate track switches and other wayside equipment.
  • Stop at designated points to load and unload passengers
  • Assist in the boarding of passengers using wheelchairs or other mobility aids
  • Notify dispatch of deviations, overload, accidents, passenger incidents, medical/behavioral problems, or mechanical/electrical trouble
  • Advise passengers of rules and regulations when necessary
  • Complete and submit written reports concerning passengers and all accidents
  • Operate on-board computer stop announcements and destination signs
RTD is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Steps to become an RTD Bus Driver or train operator

Step 1: Obtain a current Motor Vehicle Record

Include a current Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) issued within 30 days of your application date. MVRs can be purchased at all Department of Motor Vehicles in the state where your driver's license was issued. Your MVR must show that you have had a valid driver's license for at least two years.

Step 2: Submit your application and Motor Vehicle Record

Request a mailed copy of the application by calling 303.628.9000

Pick up an application in person at one of the following locations:
RTD Administrative Offices
1660 Blake Street
Denver, CO 80202
Boulder Division
1707 Exposition Dr.
Boulder, CO
Boulder Junction at Depot Square
3151 Pearl Parkway
Boulder, CO
Downtown Boulder Station
1400 Walnut Street
Boulder, CO

If you apply online you can upload a copy of your MVR otherwise you can drop off, email, or mail completed applications and MVRs to the following locations:

RTD Administrative Offices
1660 Blake Street
Denver, CO

Step 3: Interview, Testing and Job Offer

If your skills meet our qualifications, we’ll call you to schedule an interview which lasts about one hour at the RTD Administrative Offices. Based on the results, you may receive a job offer contingent on passing the following tests, done at no cost to you. You must pass the following before you can move on to the next step.

  • Department of Transportation (DOT) physical exam
  • Drug screening
  • Human performance evaluation (HPE) to determine if you are physically capable of performing the job (lifting, sitting in a confined space, etc.)
  • Criminal background check
  • Employment verification

Step 4: Obtain a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Class BP2 Permit

Before orientation and training, you must obtain a CDL Class BP2 permit which allows you to drive vehicles that have air brakes and carry more than 15 passengers. To get this permit, you must take a written test at any full-service Colorado DMV facility. You can take the test as many times as you like. To help you study, RTD will provide a free copy of the Colorado CDL Manual.

Step 5: Orientation and Training

Once you have the CDL BP2 permit, you will be scheduled for orientation and six (6) weeks of paid training at RTD. On the second week of training, you will take a written and road test to obtain your Class BP2 license. You will be given three chances to pass the test. Once you pass both tests, you will receive a certificate to take to the DMV for a photo license.

RTD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and a Drug-Free Workplace.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

The Regional Transportation District complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), to provide reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.

RTD participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before the employer can take any action against you, including terminating your employment. Employers can only use E-Verify once you have accepted a job offer and completed the Form I-9. Learn more.

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