WTA employs a diverse, positive group of people dedicated to our core mission: to provide safe, reliable and friendly service to our community. We are an equal opportunity employer, and we offer a competitive salary and benefits package.
Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) provides public transportation services throughout Whatcom County. Our services include fixed routes, paratransit, and a vanpool program.
- We employ 276 people including operators, mechanics, customer service representatives, route maintenance workers and administrative personnel. Nearly two-thirds of our employees are bus operators.
- WTA properties include our headquarters in north Bellingham, downtown's Bellingham Station, Cordata Station, Ferndale Station and Lynden Station, approximately 1,000 bus stops and 140 bus shelters.
- We operate 57 full-size buses (including eight hybrid electric buses), 37 paratransit minibuses, and 20 vanpool vans.
Why Become a Bus Driver at WTA?
- Starting hourly wage of $26.65 (that means day 1 you start at this rate, so your training period is paid!), with annual increases up to $33.31 after 5 years
- Excellent insurance plans for you and your family (medical, dental, vision)
- Retirement and pension plan
- Paid Commercial Driver's License training and onsite 10-week training
- Career path for advancement at WTA, with professional development and mentoring
- Generous paid vacation (starting at 21 days per year), 6 paid holidays and 8 hours of accrued sick time per month
- Free transit passes for you and your dependents
- Tuition reimbursements
- Public Service Loan forgiveness eligible position
- Wellness incentives that include reimbursements for exercise equipment and activities
- Coming 2023 we will have a licensed physical therapist onsite for our employees
- Uniforms provided as well as boot and cleaning allowances
- A Quiet Room (To read, relax during your split shift or when you need it!)
- Bidding for Work: You will be able to bid for work four times per year based on when service schedules change and as you gain seniority, you will have increased options on better shifts