Join the Metro team as a Bus Operator Trainee

Apply online today for immediate consideration and an invitation for testing:

Student Metrobus Operator Trainee

Testing sessions occur weekly.  Due to COVID-19, testing sessions are primarily virtual.

Never driven a bus or commercial vehicle before? Not a problem! We offer a 10 -week paid training program that is interactive and learner centered. Trainees will learn how to safely operate a metro bus and gain a thorough understanding of WMATA rules, standard operating procedures, and federal regulations in performing this vital role. Trainees will also learn the expectations of professional and attentive customer service.

Metro Offers:

  • 10-week full-time paid training
  • Competitive pay:
    • During training: Up to $20/hr.
    • After graduation: $20.68/hr.
  • Health, dental, and life insurance
  • Retirement benefits
  • Paid time off
  • Free uniforms
  • Career advancement
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Free transportation on Metrorail & Metrobus and much, much more

What's Needed from You:

  • Complete the online application
  • Be authorized to work in the United States
  • Be twenty-one (21) years old or older at the time of testing
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Have a minimum of three (3) years of work experience to include two (2) years of customer service experience
  • Possess a valid Driver's License or CDL license/permit from the jurisdiction in which you reside
  • Be a licensed driver for at least four (4) years

Testing sessions and new hire classes fill up quickly.

Apply today : Student Metrobus Operator Trainee


Job offers for the Metrobus Operator Trainee position are contingent on

  • Successful completion of a background check
    • Verification of your employment, education, driving record and criminal history.
  • Medical screening
    • Drug & alcohol test and physical examination.

If you don't already have a valid CDL license or permit with passenger and airbrake endorsements at the time you receive confirmation that you have cleared the background check (education, employment, traffic record and criminal history) and medical screening (drug & alcohol and medical physical exam), the final step before starting in an upcoming Bus Operator Trainee class is to obtain a CDL permit and/or the required endorsements from your local Department of Motor Vehicles.

Equal Opportunity Employer

WMATA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law.