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Metro Paratransit Van Driver

Metro Transit Omaha, NE

Job Description

Looking for a driving career with a stable organization and no overnights away from home?

The Transit Authority for the City of Omaha, dba METRO, is recruiting talented and dedicated drivers to join our team.  We need people who enjoy working with the public. METRO's paratransit drivers ensure persons with disabilities safe travel within METRO's service system.  METRO provides paid training from professional instructors. If you have a good driving record, are safety conscious and people oriented, consider a career as a METRO paratransit operator.  Starting operators guaranteed 34 hours per week. 


  • Low cost employee contributions for individual and family group health, vision and dental insurance
  • Company paid life insurance
  • Company paid short term and long term disability insurance
  • Pre-tax payroll deduction for flexible spending account
  • Ten paid holidays per year
  • Paid vacation time.  One week paid vacation first year of service.  Two weeks paid vacation after two years of service.
  • Annual $245 uniform allowance
  • Pension plan
  • 457(b) retirement savings plan
  • Tuition reimbursement program
  • Complimentary transit pass


Position Title:           PARATRANSIT VAN OPERATOR

Under supervision, operates METRO paratransit vehicles in the Omaha metropolitian service area.  This is a safety sensitive position and is subject to drug and alcohol testing, including but not limited to random testing, in accordance with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) drug and alcohol regulations.

Training Wage:             $15.21/hr.

Hourly Wage:               $17.80/hr. (after successful completion of training)

Schedule:                      Must be flexible and able to work all shifts:  Early morning, late evenings, weekends, holidays and split shifts.



  • Be at least 25 years of age
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and retain a driving record meeting insurance standards
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Omaha metropolitan area
  • Able to assist passengers with disabilities
  • Able to successfully complete METRO's designated training programs
  • Pass DOT physical and drug screen, back screen, and complete criminal record check
  • Possess stable and verifiable work history
  • Possess positive attitude and good customer service skills


Essential Functions of Job:

  1. Regular and predictable performance of essential job functions.
  2. Perform pre-trip inspections of paratransit vehicle for mechanical and safety issues prior to beginning scheduled run to ensure proper operating condition of vehicle and on-board equipment.
  3. Adhere to scheduled manifest by picking up all paratransit clients on time and delivering them to their destinations safely and within a reasonable time frame.
  4. Maintain a working knowledge of streets, bus routes and stops within the Omaha metropolitan service area.
  5. Comply with Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended (ADA). 
  6. Maintain knowledge of and adherence to all rules, regulations, policies and procedures to ensure the well-being of METRO passengers, employees and property.
  7. Provide courteous and professional service to all paratransit passengers.
  8. Ensure the safety of all passengers by use of appropriate on-board restraints and securement of mobility devices.
  9. Employ all techniques of defensive driving to minimize the risk of accidents and any injuries.
  10. Operate manual and hydraulic wheelchair lift(s).
  11. Communicate effectively with dispatch personnel via two way radio.
  12. Adjust to variable in normal working conditions, including adverse weather, traffic and construction, passenger problems, accidents and trip changes.
  13. Requires regular periods of sitting, stooping, bending, pushing, pulling, assisting and securing wheelchair passengers and other physical demands in order to assist MOBY passengers with disabilities to safely board, ride and de-board paratransit vehicles.  Must be able to lift a minimum of 75 lbs.
  14. Complete accurate and legible accident and/or incident reports at the end of scheduled shift.
  15. Maintain and record odometer readings and times as required.
  16. Attend mandatory training, as required.
  17. Other duties as assigned.



METRO considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, sex, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, age, pregnancy, marital status, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability or any other protected basis prohibited by law. 

Job Details

Date Posted January 13, 2020
Date Closes February 12, 2020
Address 2222 Cuming Street
Located In Omaha, NE
Department Transportation
Job Type Full-time Employee
SOC Category 53-3021.00 Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity
Zipcode 68102

This job offers the following benefits

  • 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Pension Plan
  • Dental
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Medical
  • Prescription Drug Plan
  • Vision
  • On-the-Job Training
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Vacations
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Workout Facilities

This job requires the following skills

  • Ability to Work Under Pressure
  • Excellent Team Member
  • Positive Attitude
  • Strong Flexibility / Adaptability
  • Strong Time Management
  • Strong Work Ethic
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Geriatrics
  • Truck Driving, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer
  • Driver
  • Transportation - Customer Service
  • Transportation - Worker
At a Glance
Enjoy these benefits
  • 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Pension Plan
  • Dental
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
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