MTS is Hiring! New $5,000 Sign-On Bonus Now Offered for Bus Operators

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San Diego - For a limited time, the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) is offering a $5,000 sign-on bonus for newly hired bus operators and is actively recruiting for a wide range of jobs to support the system's growth. This includes dozens of positions for Trolley operators, bus operators, electro-mechanics, station ambassadors, administrative positions, and more.

 “Like many businesses, MTS is currently experiencing a workforce shortage,” said Sharon Cooney, MTS Chief Executive Officer. “We hope these sign-on bonuses can serve as an incentive for those seeking a fulfilling career path in transportation, and help MTS continue operating a great system for our region.”

The bonuses MTS is offering are as follows (offered through August 31):

  • Bus Operator/Student Bus Operator $5,000 (just increased from $1,000)
  • Bus Cleaner $1,000 (just increased from $500)

MTS has a wide range of job openings and many departments welcome applicants with different levels of expertise. MTS offers paid training for select positions including bus, Trolley and maintenance operations. Other benefits depending on the department include: healthcare, a transit pass for employees and dependents, public loan forgiveness, tuition reimbursement, wellness programs, professional development, and much more.

How to Apply:

  • Visit the MTS career page, browse job openings, and applications must be submitted through the portal. For more information about the sign-on bonuses and qualification requirements, visit

MTS operates more than 100 bus routes and three Trolley lines in 10 cities and unincorporated areas of San Diego. Frequencies and spans have been restored to near-pre-COVID-19 levels. Updated schedules can be accessed on the MTS website.