Paratransit Bus Operator

Job Title: Paratransit Bus Operator


Do you like driving, helping elderly and disabled people, and being outside and on the go?

Then come drive STRIDE small vans and buses. Previous driving experience is helpful but not required.

If you have the qualifications and have the right attitude we are willing to train all new drivers.

Part-time, flexible days and hours


Job Requirements:


Salary Range:

$16.00 per hour with yearly increases

General Information
Location  2402 W MICHIGAN STREET
Duluth, MN 55806
United States
Employee Type  Operations
Job Category  Operations


Bus Operator:

  • Operates STRIDE buses in a manner that exemplifies standard STRIDE defensive driving principles and practices, is safety conscious and follows all STRIDE safety policies and procedures. Operates the bus in a manner that gives STRIDE customers a smooth and comfortable ride. Adheres to all traffic regulations. Adjusts personal driving habits to accommodate changing conditions, (i.e., weather conditions, detours, route changes, etc.).
  • Performs pre-trip safety and preventative maintenance inspection and reports the condition of the bus. Performs periodic inspections of the bus while in service and reports any noted defects and/or damage. Completes the bus defect card in a complete, concise, understandable and legible manner. Monitors the mechanical performance of the bus and reports problems in a timely manner. Has a complete working knowledge of the operational characteristics of all models of buses operated by the STRIDE.
  • Provides STRIDE customers with reliable and professional service. Maintains a comfortable environment on the bus.
  • Has a complete understanding of the STRIDE fare structure and collects all
  • applicable fares. Inspects all ride tickets presented for currency and proper use. Notifies dispatcher of problems regarding fare collections.
  • Keeps dispatcher informed of all operational changes including, but not limited to, delays, mechanical problems, accidents, traffic congestion, passenger problems and other operational items.
  • Completes in a timely, correct and legible manner all required reporting forms to include day cards, survey forms, defect cards, accident and incident reports, and other forms that may be required.
  • Follows all procedures as identified in the manuals provided by the owner and
  • direction given by the Dispatcher.
  • Performs other work of a similar nature as may be required.


The performance of the major job functions for this position requires the incumbent to be present at their work setting. Regular, dependable attendance is necessary for the performance of the job duties.


The Transit Special Services/STRIDE reserves the right to assign additional or different duties to employees within this job classification consistent with the changing needs of the Duluth Transit Authority. Any duties described herein are subject to change at any time.



  • Must have a current Minnesota driver’s license or equivalent in good standing, accident free for at least the three previous years and no more than one moving violation within the previous three years.
  • Must have the ability to safely and efficiently operate and maneuver STRIDE buses in an urban environment under all types of traffic and weather conditions.
  • Must have the ability to read and interpret maps.
  • Must have excellent verbal communications skills. Must be able to verbally communicate information in a clear, concise and understandable manner. Must have the ability to effectively deliver customer service.
  • Must have a basic understanding of mechanical functions of the buses and the ability to identify mechanical malfunctions.
  • Must successfully complete the STRIDE New Bus Operator Training Program.