9163 Transit Operator


Recruitment #MTA-9163-INFORM


Due to the Public Health Ordinance regarding COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines, please be advised that the Transit Operator recruitment schedule that is typically found on this page has been suspended until further notice. 


We will update this page, our Transit Operator hotline (415.701.5656), and notify candidates who applied to the recruitment in February and March via email when more information is available. We recommend using the following link to sign up for notifications so that you are emailed by our system the next time this opportunity is open for applications. Click here and enter your email






SFMTA Mission Statement:

We connect San Francisco through a safe, equitable, and sustainable transportation system.


SFMTA Transit Operators start earning at $26.26/hour and can potentially make up to $37.51/hour after four years. Employees also enjoy great benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance and pension.


As a Transit Operator representing the City and County of San Francisco, you are the face of the SFMTA. For this reason, we seek customer service and safety-oriented candidates.  Start your career with us and you will become part of an extended family of dedicated professionals who are passionate providing vital service to over 720,000 customers each and every day.


Previous Bus Operator or commercial driving experience is not required. We will provide a nine (9) week paid training program consisting of both classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction. This is an excellent opportunity to learn transit from the ground up. 


As a Transit Operator for the SFMTA, you will have the opportunity to operate various transit vehicles in one of the most diverse transit fleets in the world. Our fleet includes hybrid buses, electric trolleys, light rail vehicles, historic streetcars, and our world famous cable cars.


Join a team of over 2500 SFMTA Transit Operators in moving San Francisco. Read below to find out how you can become a Transit Operator for the SFMTA.


Hourly Pay Rates: (new rates as of 12/28/2019)


Ø  Training Wage and up to 1st year…….…..$26.26

Ø  Next twelve (12) months (1 – 2 Yr)……….$28.13

Ø  Next twelve (12) months (2 – 3 Yr)……….$30.00

Ø  Top Rate…………….…..…...……………....………….$37.51


Employee Benefits:


Ø  Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance

Ø  Pension plan with a 5-year vesting

Ø  Fully vested retiree health benefits with 20 years of service

Ø  457 deferred compensation plan

Ø  Healthcare spending plan

Ø  Pre-tax commuter benefits program

Ø  Employee wellness program

Ø  Up to 4 weeks of vacation depending on length of service

Ø  Sick leave

Ø  11 holidays per year

Ø  5 floating holidays

Ø  Free transportation on the MUNI system for employee, partner, and children


Application Periods:


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HOW TO APPLY: The application and supplemental questionnaire will be available online only at www.jobaps.com/sf during the above listed time periods. Applications will be accepted online only. Mailed, hand delivered, and faxed applications will not be accepted.


Applicants will be contacted by e-mail.  It is their responsibility to ensure that their registered e-mail address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from the SFMTA is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept SFMTA e-mail from the following addresses: (@sfmta.com).


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS – Candidates must meet ALL of the following qualifications:

1. Must be at least 21 years old; AND

2. A High School graduate or attained a GED or California High School Proficiency Certificate; AND

3. One (1) year of verifiable satisfactory public contact or customer service experience; AND

4. Possession of a valid class C Driver License. Must have been a licensed driver for at least the three (3) previous continuous years; Suspension or lapse of driving privilege for any reason, for a total of more than six (6) months during the specified three (3) previous continuous years and through the date of appointment will be cause for disqualification; AND

5. Possession of or the ability to obtain a Class B - Driver License with a Passenger (P) Endorsement and no restrictions that prohibit operation of a San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency public transit vehicle; AND

6. A good driving record during the previous three (3) years and through the date of appointment, meeting the following requirements:

* no moving violations;

* no accidents where applicant contributed to cause;

* has not had his/her driving privilege suspended, revoked, or placed on probation by DMV for a cause involving the safe operation of a motor vehicle;

* no convictions of California State Vehicle Code 20001 (leaving the scene of an accident involving bodily injury or death); 23103 through 23109 (reckless driving), 23152 – 23153 (driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs);

*other violations and/or accidents will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and may be cause for non-selection; AND

7. No convictions within the past seven (7) years of any offense related to the use, sale, possession, or transportation of narcotics, habit forming drugs, or dangerous drugs; AND

8. No convictions of any sex offense as defined in Section 44010 of the Education Code; AND

9. Ability to obtain a School Pupil Activity Bus (SPAB) certificate issued by DMV.


Minorities, Women, and Persons with Disabilities are Encouraged to Apply

An Equal Opportunity Employer


Questions? Please contact us between 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 415.701.5413 or 415.701.5046 or by e-mail at Matthew.Hurd@sfmta.com.


9163 – INFO

Issued: February 5, 2020

Jeffrey Tumlin 

Director of Transportation

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

MTA/MH: 415.701.5413

MTA/RK: 415.701.5046


Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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