RTA lets you get behind the wheel of a new career—literally—with interactive hiring event

(DAYTON, OHIO)… The Greater Dayton RTA will let you get behind the wheel of a new career—literally—during an interactive hiring event June 10-11 at the University of Dayton Arena. Prospective bus drivers will be offered the chance to test drive the agency’s big buses and/or small non-CDL buses and get a feel for what it means to be a bus driver. RTA is looking to fill over 50 CDL bus driver positions and over 35 non-CDL driver positions.

The RTA will conduct interviews June 10 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., and June 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at UD Arena. Candidates must bring and hold a valid Driver’s License, along with a copy of their resume. After successfully completing an interview, RTA trainers will be on hand to assist applicants with a vehicle test drive, and ensure the ride goes smoothly. By getting a feel for what it’s like to drive one of the agency’s top-of-the-line vehicles, the hope is candidates will feel more connected to their future career.

“You don’t know what it’s like driving a bus until you try it, and this way candidates get to ‘test drive’ their new job,” said Chief Customer & Business Development Officer Brandon Policicchio. “Normally, it would take a week or so for a new hire to get behind the wheel. It’s a cool and rewarding experience to drive a bus. I started driving a bus when I was 19, and we want to offer that in advance to potential candidates.”

To facilitate participation, the RTA is offering a coupon code for a no charge Uber or Lyft ride to and from UD Arena from anywhere in Montgomery County. To access the voucher from Uber use this link:  https://r.uber.com/rUJTrBFWg68. The coupon code for Lyft is RTAJOBFAIR. 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 media is invited to test drive vehicles as well to help showcase this interactive hiring event. Instructors will be on-hand for reporters and photographers/videographers on Friday, June 10 only. The media is asked to arrive by 9 a.m. to participate. Anyone with questions or concerns should contact Communications Manager Jessica Olson at (937) 425-8352, or @email.

The starting wage for CDL bus drivers is $18 per hour and after 7 years of employment make $30 per hour. Non-CDL drivers start at $15.75 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. The agency is requiring a completed COVID vaccine for all new hires. For those not able to attend the career fair, you can apply for open positions on RTA’s career website, www.iriderta.org/careers.

MEDIA CONTACT:  Jessica Olson (937) 425-8352, Communications Manager