Rural Transit Operator (Full-Time)

Rapides Area Planning Commission   Alexandria, LA   Full-time     Transportation
Posted on November 18, 2022

Full-time Rural Transit Operator
• Location: Alexandria, LA
• Salary: $38,000 - $43,000 Annual Salary Based Upon Qualifications and Experience; Health, Vision, Dental, and Life Insurance (full employer premium contribution); up to 3% annual salary match of employee IRA contribution
• Employee Type: Full Time (current funding allows for two years, RAPC will seek additional funding to extend this position to permanent status)
• Industry: Public Transportation, Government
• Manages Others: No
• Job Type: Rural Transit Operator/Driver
• Relocation Covered: No

Notice: This position is associated with the Alexandria/Pineville Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), which is under the Transportation Division of the Rapides Area Planning Commission (RAPC).

Contact Information
Nick Blackstone, RAPC Regional Mobility Manager
Phone: 318.487.5401, ext. 34
If you enjoy a friendly, diverse, and flexible work environment work environment and interacting with people while providing exceptional customer service and are looking for a rewarding career, RAPC may be the right place for you! RAPC is seeking Rural Bus Drivers for our Grant and Natchitoches Parish service. 

You will play an integral role in providing a much needed, safe, reliable, and convenient public 
transportation service to communities in the Grant and Natchitoches Parish service area.

Applicants must be able to pass a physical exam and drug screening. Outstanding skills in dealing with the public are a must.

• Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
• Work Location: One location

Full Job Description: 
Operate a transit vehicle over a variable route schedule; maintain order on the vehicle; respond and provide assistance to passengers in a courteous and helpful manner; answer questions and listen to passenger concerns; assist in loading and unloading of all passengers requiring any kind of assistance. 

Maintain the interior cleanliness of the vehicles; responsible for knowing and obeying all traffic laws and the applicable policies and procedures of the company. Drivers must ensure safe mechanical operation of equipment by conducting pre & post trip inspections required.

Keep regular contact by cell phone & mobile data terminal with dispatch office, follow company policies; use sound judgment in following dispatch instructions; be able to recognize, create, and follow logical sequences for pick-up/drop-off of passengers in an efficient manner. Perform related duties as apparent or delegated.

1. Candidates must be at least 21 years of age
2. have a high school diploma or equivalent
3. Valid Class E Louisiana Driver’s License.
4. Clean Driving record and clean criminal background check
5. Minimum of four years of driving experience with clean driving record and current Louisiana 
Automobile Insurance.
6. Demonstrated knowledge of the appropriate skills for communication with the population 
Application Questions 
• Have you ever worked for a DOT covered employer in a safety sensitive position?
• Have you ever tested positive, or refused to test on any DOT pre-employment drug or alcohol test in the past two years?

RAPC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To apply, please email cover letter, resume, references, and work portfolio to with the subject “Transit Operator Position”.