Driver Duties

Mountain Area Regional Transit Authority

Class Title: Driver
Department: Operations
Non-Exempt

Position Summary:  Reports directly to dispatchers and supervisors;  safely operates a variety of MARTA transit vehicles while transporting customers on Fixed Routes, Off-the-Mountain and Dial-A-Ride services.

Essential Duties:

  • Safely operates buses and other vehicles in compliance with all state and federal laws and regulations.
  • Provides excellent customer service by interacting tactfully and courteously with others.
  • Correctly answers customers’ questions and inquiries regarding service, schedules, and fares.
  • Collects appropriate fares; maintains an accurate ‘Driver Trip Sheet’ of passenger  counts, mileage, and arrival/departure times.
  • Assists any customers needing assistance to safely board/alight a vehicle.
  • Announces all major cross streets, landmark locations and requested stops as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act and MARTA.
  • Follows prescribed schedules, routes and detours as directed.
  • Completes the prescribed daily vehicle inspection before driving the vehicle; reporting any defects/deficiencies on the ‘Daily Vehicle Report’.
  • Reports to work on time, in required uniform and presentable professional appearance.
  • Maintains a clean vehicle by removing trash, sweeping the vehicle out at the end of the day.
  • Attends any required training sessions.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:

  • Skilled in defensively driving a 20 to 40 foot commercial vehicle in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to perform the required duties of the driver position.
  • Considerable knowledge of passenger safety applicable to public transportation.
  • Ability to adhere to policy and procedures contained in the Drivers’ Handbook and Personnel Policy Manual.
  • Ability to follow direction from dispatchers and/or supervisors.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing necessary reporting of incidents, accidents and vehicle defects.
  • Knowledge and understanding of California Vehicle Code and regulations for Commercial Drivers.

Special Requirements:

  • Must maintain a valid California Commercial Drivers License with all necessary endorsements and certifications.
  • Must maintain a driving record which demonstrates adherence to safety principles, traffic laws and regulations.
  • Must maintain a valid medical certificate meeting the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations physical qualifications for commercial drivers.
  • Must maintain a valid Verification of Transit Training Certificate (VTT) issued by the State of California Department of Motor Vehicles.
  • Driver positions are considered safety sensitive and are subject to U.S. D.O.T./Federal Transit Administration drug and alcohol testing requirements.
  • No criminal conviction which may, in the sole judgment of the Authority, constitute a threat to property or the safety of others.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.

Working Conditions:

  • Working environment includes working outdoors with indirect and direct exposure to inclement weather.
  • Work entails extended sitting while driving and frequent standing, and/or walking and bending.
  • Work sometimes entails standing, walking, bending, and occasional lifting of up to 50 pounds.
  • Must occasionally attend meetings and training sessions.
  • Must work varied days and hours, including weekends and some holidays.