INDIANAPOLIS - (November 29, 2012) - IndyGo's 2013 service plans call for increased frequency on the system's core routes, added service on weekends and the introduction of a new crosstown route on the city's north side. In order to implement these improvements to bus service, IndyGo is aggressively recruiting new professional coach operators.
IndyGo, a municipal corporation of Indianapolis-Marion County, currently employs nearly 460 workers. The majority of the transit system's workforce is made up of professional coach operators (bus drivers) who are represented by the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1070. A new recruitment effort will help the agency staff up for expanded service in 2013.
Through the new Employment Contract Program, candidates aren't required to hold a Class B Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with the proper endorsements to be considered for employment. IndyGo will offer free CDL training and certification through a contract with a local CDL school. "The decision to offer free CDL certification represents a big change for IndyGo," explains Mike Birch, vice president of IndyGo human resources. "The program is already attracting a lot of talent that may not have thought about driving professionally before, and that's what we had in mind." Candidates who wish to take advantage of the free CDL training must pass physical and written exams in addition to signing a one-year employment contract.
After pre-employment requirements are met including proper CDL certification, all new professional coach operators must graduate from an intensive six- to eight-week paid training program, known as the IndyGo Training Academy. The Training Academy curriculum will equip new operators with technical and procedural know-how for operating a city bus. Academy topics include:
• Customer service
• Structure of IndyGo's bus routes
• IndyGo corporate policies
• Technical training for operating a public transit vehicle
• Americans with Disabilities (ADA) requirements
• IndyGo fare structure
• Defensive driving
• Accident prevention and reporting
• Fatigue awareness
• Emergency procedures
• Radio procedures
Professional coach operators are paid for their eight-week training course, and after graduation, operators are guaranteed 40 hours of work per week. Immediately after hire, employees are eligible to enroll in the company's benefits including health, dental, vision, short- and long-term disability and company-paid life insurances. To supplement the comprehensive health insurance, all employees and their dependents have access to the company wellness program and on-site, full-service medical clinic.
"IndyGo's comprehensive and innovative approach to employee health benefits is improving access to healthcare and making our employees healthier while positively impacting the corporation's bottom line," says Mike Terry, CEO and president of IndyGo. "Through our on-site clinic and incentive-driven wellness program, our employees are getting more preventive care, convenient access to health services, and actively participating in wellness activities-it's a win-win."
To learn more about the professional coach operator position requirements and application process, visit IndyGo.net/employment, call 317.635.2100 or stop by IndyGo human resources at the corporate office, 1501 W. Washington Street, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
IndyGo, the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation, provides public bus transit services to residents and visitors throughout Marion County. IndyGo is led by President and Chief Executive Officer, Mike Terry, and a seven-member, bipartisan board appointed by the Mayor of Indianapolis and the City-County Council of Indianapolis and Marion County. With 30 local service fixed routes and an ADA-compliant paratransit service, IndyGo provides an average of nine million trips per year. Visit www.IndyGo.net or call 317.635.3344 for more information. Find IndyGo on Twitter at IndyGoBus or Facebook by searching pages "IndyGo."