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Get Started as an MBTA Operator

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Are you looking for a rewarding career where you can have a positive impact on the entire Boston region? We're currently hiring for over 300 bus operator and 100 streetcar motorperson positions.

Requirements

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Valid Drivers License
  • Clean Driving Record
  • Excellent Customer Service Skills

Benefits

  • Healthcare Insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Paid Vacation
  • Paid Sick time
  • Tuition Reimbursement

Learn more about MBTA benefits

Bus Operator

Trainees are paid $15.86/hour, 40 hours/week for eight weeks of training. After training, new hires start at $21.13/hour, 30 hours/week, with the potential to advance to 40 hours/week.

Eligible candidates will receive a sign-on bonus of up to $4500.

Streetcar Motorperson

Trainees are paid $16.01/hour, 40 hours/week for eight weeks of training. After training, new hires start at $21.35/hour, 30 hours/week, with the potential to advance to 40 hours/week.

Resources for Applying

Request Your Driving Record

An Unattested Public Driving Record is required to complete your application.

You can then either attach your driving record to your application or send the authorization form to operatorhiring@mbta.com.

Bus Operators Will Need a Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is not required to submit an application. However, a CDL or Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) is required for pre-employment screening and bus operator training for accepted applicants.

Learn how to apply for a Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP)

If you do not have a CDL, and you meet the minimum employment requirements, you will receive an invitation to a training event where you can earn it. The MBTA will cover the cost of the permit at this event.


Behind the Scenes with Transit Drivers

Take a look at this video to see what it's like to be an MBTA bus operator.

More Information

For additional information or help, please call MBTA Human Resources at 617-222-5855 or email operatorhiring@mbta.com.

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MBTA Careers

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Whether you love planning projects, operating vehicles, keeping people safe—or any of the many focus areas in between—your work can impact the way people travel throughout Greater Boston.

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Job Posting Alerts

A woman wearing safety glasses uses a power tool on a piece of machinery at a work bench surrounded by steel parts

Interested in joining the MBTA? Sign up for job posting alerts, and we'll let you know when new roles become available. 

Sign up for job posting alerts

MBTA Careers

A GLX inspector in a hard hat and high vis vests smiles next to new train tracks

Whether you love planning projects, operating vehicles, keeping people safe—or any of the many focus areas in between—your work can impact the way people travel throughout Greater Boston.

Learn about other opportunities