MBTA Hosts One-Stop Hiring Fair In Boston, Seeking Bus Operators

Photo: WBZ NewsRadio / Karyn Regal

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A potential hiring spree storms over at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, at a downtown Boston event scheduled on Tuesday that interviews, tests, and screens incoming bus operator candidates.

The MBTA said that the one-day hiring fair was orchestrated to find and fast-track the onboarding's of bus operators, a position that the transportation authority said they have plenty of need for. Officials at the MBTA said they are looking to hire more than 300 bus operators and offered sign-on bonuses of up to $4,500 with competitive salaries and benefits.

At the job fair, applicants were told to expect to be tested on their ability to perform basic functions of the job on an actual MBTA bus, learn about applying for a commercial driver's license (CDL), and receive pre-employment drug screenings. The MBTA Hiring Fair was schedule to last from 9 a.m. Tuesday morning to 5 p.m. in the evening.

Interviewees turned out in full for the start of the event, as General Manager of the MBTA Steve Poftak said that a waiting list had formed before noon.

The MBTA said that candidates could interview, complete all the steps in the hiring process, and potentially receive a job offer, all in one day.

"We're actually at full, we had 240 folks sign up. we got thirty people on the waiting list- so it's a great turnout. We're excited about the enthusiasm, but we can use more and have needs beyond just bus operators," Poftak said.

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Poftak said that interested candidates that did not make the event can find more about the interviewing process here.

WBZ's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports.

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