The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) announced it is bumping up starting pay by more than $2 per hour, from $20.21 to $22.71, according to the agency's news release.
Tiered pay increases for existing bus operators will also be implemented to keep pace and provide an incentive to stay long-term with the agency, according to MTS.
Additionally, MTS said it will continue offering a $5,000 sign-on bonus for newly hired bus operators and is actively recruiting for a wide range of jobs to support the system’s growth. This includes dozens of positions for trolley operators, bus operators, electro-mechanics, station ambassadors, administrative positions, and more.
The pay increases and bonuses are part of a larger strategy to hire and retain workers needed for critical frontline positions, according to MTS.
“Like many businesses in the service sector, MTS is managing its way through a workforce shortage,” said Sharon Cooney, MTS CEO. “Bus operator is one of the most important jobs at MTS. It’s also a very gratifying career path when you provide an essential service for so many people. These pay increases and sign-on bonuses serve as an incentive for those seeking a career path in transportation and help MTS continue operating a great system for our region.”
MTS added that it offers paid training for select positions including bus, trolley, and maintenance operations. Other benefits, depending on the department, include: affordable healthcare, pensions and/or generous contributions to tax deferred retirement accounts, a transit pass for employees and dependents, public loan forgiveness, tuition reimbursement, wellness programs, professional development, and more.