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Bus Driver

at City of Appleton

Pay: up to $19.58/hour
$19.58 - $
Posted: 7/18/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2415293
Categories: Drivers
Keywords: driver

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Job Description

This position is responsible for the day-to-day operation of a city bus. Work involves safety inspection of bus prior to use, transporting citizens to and from designated bus stops, collection of fares, and daily record keeping. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Transit Operations Supervisors.

Examples of Duties


• Drives City buses; boards and discharges passengers, including wheelchair passengers, at designated bus stops; collects fares from passengers; answers questions and gives directions.
• Performs routine safety inspections on vehicle prior to taking bus onto public roadway and at end of shift.
• Maintains effective radio communications while on route to ensure safe and timely arrivals and departures and transfers.
• Records ridership information and logs daily fare accumulation.
• Checks bulletin board, daily assignment board, and is up to date on route information, schedule changes, detour information, weather conditions, etc.
• Maintains regular punctual and predictable attendance, works overtime and extra hours as required.


• Distributes printed informational materials to passengers.
• Monitors and maintains the interior and exterior condition of the vehicle.

Typical Qualifications

Requires considerable experience in the operation of buses and related equipment supplemented by experience in public relations activities or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the following knowledge, abilities and skills:

• Considerable knowledge of defensive driving techniques.
• Knowledge in the basic mechanical operation of buses and other vehicular equipment.
• Knowledge in the use and operation of radio communications systems.
• Ability to drive a bus safely and on schedule in all weather conditions.
• Ability to read and understand street maps and directions.
• Ability to cope with stress, make independent decisions and exercise sound judgment in stressful or emergency situations and follow time tables.
• Ability to withstand local weather conditions.
• Ability to pass the pre-employment physical and drug screen.
• Ability to maintain effective relationships with other employees and the public and to deal with the public in a courteous and tactful manner.
• Ability to comply with the City Drug and Alcohol Policy.
• Ability to effectively deal with ADA service requirements in a safe, effective manner.
• Reliability in attendance and promptness in reporting to work.
• Possess and maintain a valid Wisconsin Class B Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with the P endorsement and a Federal Medical Card.

Supplemental Information

Schedule options:
1. Bid schedules:  Subject to availability via the union bidding process, by seniority.  Bid schedules provide a defined route and work schedule.

2. Stand-by Driver schedule: Valley Transit has a commitment to the public. We print schedules that tell our customers where and when they can catch their bus. We are committed to having a bus on a given route at a particular time to get riders to their destinations.

Valley Transit's stand-by drivers cover unbid runs and vacancies created by drivers who are on vacation, sick, in training, or off for any other reason. Many times we get advance notice that a driver will be off, other times we get one hour notice or no notice at all.

The work schedule is very challenging. Stand-by operators never know until 3:00p.m. on any given day what their work schedule will be for the following day. In addition, there are certain periods of the day (4:30-7:30 A.M. Mon-Fri, 6:30-9:30 A.M. Sat., 12:30-3:30 P.M. Mon-Sat) when stand-bys are "on call" in the event of a last minute vacancy. During all other regular hours of operation, a stand-by driver is required to report for work when personally notified. It is important that you are flexible and are aware of the demands of this job.

The earliest driver report is at 5:25 A.M. and the last run gets back to the garage at 10:55 P.M. As a stand-by driver, you may be the one to start at 5:25 A.M. or get done at 10:55 P.M. Stand-by drivers do not have a choice as to which shift they will work or what routes they will drive. There are "hours of work" rules in the labor agreement that apply to stand-by drivers. Stand-bys are not scheduled to drive more than 14 hours in a given day, and will have at least 7 ½ hours off between P.M. punch out and A.M. punch in times. These hours of work restrictions, however, do not apply if there is no one available to drive and we have to schedule a driver by "inverse seniority".

Assignments vary greatly, including shifts from 2 hours to 10 hours long and split shifts. When working a split shift, you will have time off between your A.M. and P.M. runs.