MANATEE COUNTY, FL (May 25, 2017) – Manatee County Commissioners this week unanimously approved funding for 16 new Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) drivers in an effort to address persistent staffing shortages at MCAT.
Commissioners approved MCAT's first-ever Transit Bus Operator “Extra Board," a set of additional drivers who can cover vacant work shifts when regularly scheduled operators are on leave or for operator position vacancies. The Board's action Tuesday authorized 16 new full-time transit bus operator positions and one additional transit attendant.
The process to interview and select the new service attendant and 16 extra board operators begins immediately in an effort to provide relief on the current workforce.
“With the interview, selection, orientation and training program, extra board service delivery is designed to kick-in by early August 2017,” according to Jim Egbert, Manatee County’s Transit Operations Chief.
Qualified applicants for bus operator positions must have a Class B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) or a Class B CDL permit with passenger endorsement by the effective date of employment and must pass a Department of Transportation physical. Each bus operator is cross-trained to work the full array of bus services offered by MCAT. Every operator undergoes a comprehensive six-week training program which includes classroom instruction and supervised driving time on MCAT routes.
Transit Division Manager, William P. Steele said joining the MCAT team is an opportunity to join one of the best transit agencies in the state.
"MCAT's team of bus operators are the critical front line employees who consistently deliver high quality public transportation services to the residents and visitors of Manatee County," Steele said. "Over the last two years, three deserving MCAT bus operators were recognized as the very best in Florida. The dedicated service, competency, and commitment to the community of MCAT bus operators are clearly reflected in these recent awards and recognition.”
Steele added that Manatee County Government is a great place to work and offers an excellent benefits package including Florida Retirement System (FRS) contributions, paid holidays and vacation leave, and a flexible Health Benefits program.
For more information on Manatee County Government jobs, visit www.mymanatee.org/jobs or call Manatee County Human Resources at (941) 748-4501.