Being a Coach Operator

On the Job as a Community Transit Coach Operator

As a Community Transit Coach Operator, you'll be able to drive just about every vehicle in our fleet and will be the first smiling face our passengers see on their daily commute. But, there are other aspects of the job you may have never considered, like split shifts and job perks!

Working Split Shifts

As a new Coach Operator, your work schedule will likely include split shifts: a work day split into two parts.

At Community Transit, split shifts are required due to peak bus service during the morning and evening commutes. As the term "peak" implies, there is more service at these times than the rest of the day, so some drivers work exclusively during peak hour shifts.

What You Should Know About Our Split Shifts:

  • Our peak service periods are 5 - 10 a.m. and 3 - 6 p.m. Most of the “splits” happen in the time between the peak periods.
  • Split shifts will not be scheduled to be more than 13.5 hours. You will not be off work between shifts for more than 5.5 hours.

So, what will you do with your time between shifts? That is your time, you can choose how to use it. Just be sure to report back on time.

We asked some of our coach operators what they do between shifts and this is what they say:

“I love a good nap in the middle of the day.”
“I run errands or schedule doctor's appointments during the middle of the day when other people are at work.”
“I volunteered at my kids school during the day. They loved it and so did the school.
“Fitness centers are really quiet during the middle of the day.”
“Take a class—crafts, college courses…”

Job Perks

In addition to the benefits listed here, our coach operators also enjoy:

  • A uniform allowance. We provide an annual uniform allowance ensuring you are oufitted from head to toe. Our uniform vendor visits twice a year for fittings and you can order what you need online and have it delivered to your doorstep.
  • Bidding for Work. As your gain seniority, you will be able to bid for work three times per year when service schedules change (this is known as a "shake-up.")
  • A Clean Ride. We take pride in providing our Coach Operators buses and service vehicles that are well-maintained for road worthiness and clean.
  • Workout Facilities at our Merrill Creek and Kasch Park Buildings and access to our on-site Wellness Coordinator.
  • Wellness Program for on-site physical therapy and pain prevention.
  • A Pool Table in the Drivers' Lounge
  • A Quiet Room (To read, relax or to take one of those middle of the day naps previously mentioned!)
  • Employee activities for all. Our Employee Association and Unity Team sponsor events such as a company picnic, our annual Show & Shine and Thanksgiving Lunch).