GRTC Transit System announced that its Board of Directors approved a 40% increase in the hourly rate for bus operators, according to the company's news release.
The new starting pay for a GRTC bus operator is $24.91, up from the previous starting pay of $17.43.
GRTC and local Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) 1220 leadership worked together on this change.
“My goal is to ensure we are a company that supports a strong quality of life for our employees while providing equitable transportation options to the region,” CEO Sheryl Adams said.
This starting pay increase accompanies a $2,000 bonus for CDL holders and a $3,500 bonus for CDL holders with a “P” endorsement.
“We are optimistic that this pay increase will positively impact growing the talent pool. All of which will help with on-time performance and the service our end users receive," said Chief of Staff Adrienne Torres. "Operator retention and recruitment is a crisis not unique to GRTC but impacting transit agencies all over the nation."