Jan 28, 2016
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AC Transit is hiring 100 new bus operators and 25 journey-level mechanics in the next 90 days as the transit agency looks to increase service by up to 14-percent, district officials said Thursday.

Some lines will see buses stop every 15 minutes instead of every 30 as part of the Service Expansion Plan, which will be implemented over the next 12 months, AC Transit spokesman Robert Lyles said.

Candidates for bus operator positions, which earn up to $28.20 per hour, need to be at least 23 years old, have a valid driver’s license for at least seven years, a safe driving record and pass a criminal background check. However, candidates do not need prior bus driving experience. AC Transit will train employees and help them get a California Class-B commercial driver’s license.

Candidates for mechanics positions ($33.31 per hour for journey-level) should have four to six years of experience, preferably on higher-end cars, because the district is adding 80 buses with diagnostic systems similar to what is found in more expensive cars.

The mechanics should also have experience with heavy equipment, as they will be working on older buses too. Mechanics, who must pass a written exam and hand-on mechanical exam, will also have an opportunity to work on hydrogen buses.

Anyone interested in applying can visit www.actransit.org/careers.

Bay City News contributed to this report


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