CTA Advances Hiring Momentum, Hosts Career Fair This Friday for New Bus Operators and Bus Mechanics

May 16, 2023

New hires receive paid training and benefits that include increased hourly wages, plus a new $1,000 hiring bonus! Commercial Driver’s Licenses not required to apply.

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is seeking driven and dedicated candidates to take the first step towards establishing a new career within the diverse field of transportation by attending the upcoming CTA Career Fair this Friday morning. This event is the latest in ongoing, aggressive recruiting efforts to help strengthen the CTA workforce and provide Chicagoans with more reliable services.

“So far this year, we’ve had more than 300 individuals step up to the plate and be a part of the solution to help provide Chicagoans with more reliable service,” said CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr.  “More than just a job, the CTA has provided countless opportunities for advancement that have led to life-long, successful careers in the transportation industry – there’s no better time to advance your career than now and at the CTA.”

The CTA is seeking applicants for Bus Operator and Bus Mechanic positions, which offer newly increased competitive pay – starting hourly wages of $28.99 for Bus Operators and $40.59 for Bus Mechanics– as well as excellent health benefits, pension, and opportunities for advancement. Plus, a hiring bonus of $1,000! The bonus will appear on the first paycheck and employees must remain at CTA for one year.

Applicants who possess excellent customer service skills and are interested in seeking employment with options for developing a rewarding career path in the transportation industry are strongly encouraged to attend:


Friday, May 19

8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

CTA Headquarters

567 West Lake St., Chicago 60661

Presentations: 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.


                           Registration: https://tinyurl.com/2p8d5p3k

CTA is offering application workshops, on-site testing, interviews, and an opportunity to start the pre-employment process for those who qualify.

CTA has expanded recruitment and hiring efforts as part of the “Meeting the Moment” Action Plan, a multi-tiered effort to provide more reliable service and improve the customer experience.

Since 2022, the CTA has hosted more than a dozen job fairs – both virtual and in-person. New Operators and Mechanics will help the agency address an industry-wide worker shortage, the main contributing factor to CTA’s current service challenges.

Thus far in 2023, CTA has hosted five job fairs with a cumulative attendance of over 1,600 interested applicants.

For a complete list of all available positions including operations, trade, management, and administrative positions, please visit and apply online at: www.transitchicago.com/careers.

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