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Recently named as a “2017 Best Workplace for Commuters” by the University of Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation, Pierce Transit has been assisting people with their transportation needs in Pierce County for over 35 years and has a strong commitment to the community we serve and our employees. As an equal opportunity employer, we strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. We are currently recruiting for talented individuals to join the different divisions at Pierce Transit:

Current Openings

  • Maintenance
  • Finance
  • Service and Delivery
  • Information Technology
  • Administrative Services

Transit Operator Careers

Op of the month
"I feel blessed working at Pierce Transit, and so enable to serve my many customers."


Pierce Transit is now hiring!

Do you enjoy working with people? Are you ready to make a difference in the lives of people right here in your community? Are you looking for a career with a future? Our mission is to connect our communities with safe, reliable, customer-friendly transit options.

Pierce Transit drivers have been assisting people who are on the go in Pierce County for over 35 years. The first step to becoming a driver begins with an application to become a Relief Transit Operator (RTO).  If you are selected for this role you will receive paid training from the experts who will ensure that you gain hands-on experience and are fully prepared for success. Upon completion of the six-week training course, you will be eligible and in line to be  promoted to full-time positions based on your seniority.

FAQs

  • To be eligible you must:

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    Must be at least 21 years of age at the time of hire.
    Must have been licensed for a minimum of five (5) years to be considered.
    Five (5) years of continuous, recent driving history is required (i.e.. no gaps in license status)
    Must have an excellent driving record within the previous five years. Please see "Supplemental Information" for additional detail on the driving record review.
    Applicants may apply with an out-of-state license, but must possess a valid Washington State Driver's License at the time of hire.
    Must be able to obtain a Commercial License Permit by the first day of training.
    Please note: In order to obtain a Commercial License Permit in Washington State, you must be able to provide your current license, Social Security number and proof of U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residency.
  • Working conditions and requirements:

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    Transit operators must be able to meet the Federal Physical Qualifications for Commercial Drivers License (CDL) holders as found in the Code of Federal Regulations at 49 CFR 391.41. Medical waivers will be accepted only for insulin-dependent diabetes.

  • The job also includes:

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    Sitting for extended periods of time
    Lifting or pulling up to 40 pounds
    Performing repetitive body movements to operate controls
    Working independently with a minimum of breaks
    Operating a transit vehicle in heavy traffic and (rarely) in emergency or hazardous situations or conditions
  • Hours of Work:

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    If selected from this recruitment, you must be available to attend full-time training for a period of six (6) weeks, beginning Tuesday, March 12, 2019.
    Relief Transit Operators are a critical role at Pierce Transit and the individuals selected must be available seven days a week.
    Schedules can change with little, or no, notice and will vary from day to day.
    Pierce Transit's operating hours begin at 1:50 a.m. and continue until 1:29 a.m.
    Relief Operators are expected to drive any shift and any route including nights, holidays, weekends, mornings, split shifts, and days off, if necessary.
  • Union Membership:

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    Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 587 represents the Relief Transit Operator positions

  • Special Requirements:

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    Successful candidates will be invited to a hiring event for the Relief Transit Operator position which includes an overview of the position and two sets of interviews. Successful candidates from the hiring event will be issued conditional offers of employment. At that time, more details about the following requirements will be provided:

    Physical and drug screen
    CDL Learner’s Permit with Air Brake and Passenger endorsements
    Criminal conviction record evaluation
    Current five-year complete driving record abstract
    Employment reference checks
  • Training:

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    All newly hired drivers must complete Pierce Transit’s training program, which includes classroom and coach practice instruction. Pierce Transit does not require new hires to already have a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) or prior transit driving experience (only the CDL Permit Class B with Passenger endorsement is required for new hires. Pierce Transit completes CDL training on-site through third party testers. Attendance is required at every class; no make-up classes are allowed.

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Trip Planner Help

Trip Planner Tips - Entering Locations

To create a trip plan you need to enter both a starting location (origin) and an ending location (destination). For information about stops, schedules, or service at a specific location, you only need to enter one location.

The Trip Planner recognizes most street intersections and addresses as well as many landmarks in Pierce, King, and Snohomish Counties. If what you entered is not immediately recognized, the Trip Planner will offer you a list of options. You can choose one of the options, but if your intended location is not there, select the "Revise Original Entries" link to return to the entry page and change the entries you have already made.

Addresses

  • You don't need to type in the city along with the address. The Trip Planner shows the possible city names as options if needed. City names are based on zip codes.
  • You don't need to type in St., Street, Ave., or Avenue, or similar street types. The Trip Planner shows the possible alternatives as options if needed. (Example: type 110 Jones instead of 110 Jones Boulevard.)
  • You don't need to type in the directional designations for streets, but if a direction name is part of a street name, you should include it. (Example: type 1000 Main instead of 1000 S Main. But type 1000 West Viewmont for 1000 West Viewmont Way W.)
  • Some streets and addresses are unknown to the Trip Planner. You may need to enter another nearby location, such as an intersection or a landmark.
  • You should not enter the suite number or apartment number.  Just the house number and street name (Example: type in 401 Broadway instead of 401 Broadway Avenue Suite 800).

Intersections

  • The "&" symbol is the only character used between two street names to show an intersection. (Examples: 1st & B, James & Madison)
  • You don't need to type in the city. The Trip Planner shows the possible city names as options if needed. City names are based on zip codes.
  • You don't need to type in St., Street, Ave., or Avenue, or similar street types. The Trip Planner shows the possible alternatives as options if needed. (Example: type Conifer & Jones instead of Conifer Circle & Jones Boulevard.)
  • You don't need to type in the directional designations for streets, but if a direction name is part of a street name, you should include it. (Example: type 3rd & Main instead of 3rd S & S Main. But type 34th & West Viewmont for 34th W & West Viewmont Way W.)
  • Some streets are unknown to the Trip Planner. You may need to enter another nearby intersection or a landmark.

Landmarks

Government Sites: Pierce County Health Dept, Pierce Co Sheriffs Office, Tacoma City Hall

Major Commercial Sites: Tacoma Mall, Sheraton Hotel

Transportation Facilities: Sea-Tac Airport, Greyhound Bus Depot

Schools & Colleges: Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma Community College

Sports & Leisure: Cheney Stadium, Pt Defiance Zoo

Medical Facilities: Group Health, Tacoma General Hospital


 

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