Drive into a new career at Greater Dayton RTA’s Interactive Hiring Event August 17, no CDL required

ATTENTION: The media is invited to test drive RTA’s vehicles to help showcase this interactive hiring event. The test drive will include an instructor to ensure the ride goes smoothly. Any media outlet that would like to seize this opportunity should contact Communications and Training Director Jessica Olson at (937) 425-8352, or @email to set up a date and time.

(DAYTON, OHIO)… Earn your CDL in as little as 4 weeks at no cost to you when you join the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA). See if you have what it takes to drive a big bus at RTA’s Interactive Hiring Event on August 17 at the University of Dayton Arena from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

While candidates must have a valid driver’s license to participate, a CDL is not required. In fact, the RTA will help new hires obtain their CDL while paying them at the same time. The RTA has a permanent, onsite training department with trainers who are dedicated to the success of each new hire as they work to earn their permit and CDL. RTA trainers are known to be some of the best in the business.

“I test people from all over the country and Ohio and when we get a call from RTA, we know we’re getting to work with the best,” Kreigh Spahr, president of Eagle CDL Testing in Medway, said. “We know that these people are coming in very well prepared.”  

Prospective bus drivers will be offered the chance to get behind the wheel of the agency’s big buses and/or small non-CDL buses to get a feel for what it means to be a bus driver.

The RTA will conduct interviews from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at UD Arena. After successfully completing the interview, RTA trainers will assist candidates with the test drive to ensure the ride goes smoothly. The test-driving portion will be cut off at 1 p.m., so we advise people to arrive earlier, rather than later, to ensure they get a chance to get behind the wheel.

To facilitate participation, the RTA is offering a coupon code for a free Uber or Lyft ride to and from UD Arena from anywhere in Montgomery County. Uber riders can download a free voucher at, while Lyft riders can use the code RTAHIRING.

In addition, RTA will provide transportation from its downtown transit center, Wright Stop Plaza. Interested participants when arriving at the transit center just need to locate an RTA transit ambassador and let them know you are requesting a ride to the hiring event.

The starting wage for CDL bus drivers is $18.90 per hour. Non-CDL drivers start at $16.54 per hour.

In addition to starting pay, RTA offers outstanding benefits, including: a 14% contribution to your state pension account; up to $26,000 a year toward family medical insurance; dental insurance; paid time off; access to on-site fitness centers; and a great team atmosphere where you are respected and valued for your contributions. For those not able to attend the hiring event, you can apply for open positions on RTA’s career website,

MEDIA CONTACT:  Kristi Newton (937) 425-8379, Communications and Community Relations Manager