Operations / Transportation


ATU - Coach Operator

FLSA Status


Supervision Received From

Fixed Route Manager

Supervision Exercised Over


Hourly: $23.43-$33.20


Responsible for safely operating a motor coach and transporting passengers displaying a professional attitude and effective customer service over specified routes.

Essential Duties:

Duty No. Description Frequency

Operates transit vehicles on assigned routes maintaining established time schedules.


Provides information to the public regarding transportation services and transit policy.


Performs pre-operation safety inspections; requests servicing and repairs verbally and in writing as necessary.


Maintains schedules and operates transit equipment in a safe and efficient manner. Maintains all required passenger and vehicle records.


Responds to inquires and complaints from the public regarding services provided; assures that appropriate information is provided.


Assists elderly customers and persons with disabilities as required by the Americans With Disabilities Act, including the securement of mobility aids and physically evacuates passengers in any emergency situations.


Provides information to supervisor regarding route problems or traffic changes.


Provide detailed reports of accidents or incidents


Collect appropriate passenger fares.


Practices safety at all times in performance of required duties


  • Knowledge of the rules, regulations and standard operating procedures of the system.
  • Knowledge of System services and safe transit vehicle operations.
  • Ability to safely operate System transit coaches and vans.
  • Ability to resolve customer complaints courteously and tactfully.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, and follow oral and written directions.
  • Ability to prepare accurate records and reports.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, other agencies and the general public using tact, courtesy and good judgment.
  • Ability to perform all essential functions of a Van Operator position on an emergency basis.
  • Ability to successfully complete the System's operator training program

Licensing Requirements:

  • Must be 21 years of age and have an acceptable motor vehicle driving record.
  • Must pass a Washington State Patrol background check. (Effective May 18, 2009: Must pass a Washington State Patrol and/or other agency type background check).
  • Must posses and maintain a Class "B" Commercial Driver's License with passenger and air brake endorsements; must maintain an acceptable driving record level throughout employment as monitored by periodic reviews of driving record.

Physical Requirements:

  • Physical ability to perform the essential functions of the job.
  • Must be able to work varying shifts, hours and days, including early mornings, late evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Must comply with the standards of the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986, and as periodically amended.
  • Must pass a job-offer employment related physical examination to include a drug and alcohol screen prior to appointment to position.

Training and Experience:

  • High School Diploma or GED desirable.
  • Demonstrated responsible work experience of at least one (1) year dealing directly with the public.
  • Public bus driving experience desirable.
  • Or any combination of education and experience which would provide the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the job.
  • Individual may be required to attend school/workshops on a yearly basis to maintain skill level necessary to carry out position responsibilities.


The above job description is intended to represent only the key areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the business needs of the department.