DART is offering a sign on incentive of $2,000 for ALL newly-hired bus drivers! A Special Sign-On Incentive of $3,000 will be awarded to newly hired drivers that have a Current CDL with Valid endorsements of passenger and airbrakes.

The Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART), the largest public transit agency in Iowa, is hiring part-time drivers.


Give back to the community by providing high-quality transportation for DART passengers through the Downtown and Greater Des Moines Area. Connect riders to their jobs, medical appointments, shopping, entertainment, and more. 

If you have a CDL (or CDL permit), airbrake and passenger endorsements (or permits), and customer service experience, you will be fast-tracked through our hiring process.  If you don't have a CDL or bus operator experience, you are still encouraged to apply.  DART will provide training to those who are a good fit, will pay you while you train, AND will reimburse for obtaining a Commercial Driver's License. 

Job Qualifications:

  • Must be able to work  all shifts: mornings, evenings, weekends, holidays and split shifts.
  • 21 years of age or older
  • Must possess a High School Diploma/GED or equivalent. 
  • Be able to earn a valid Iowa Commercial Driver's License w/Air Brake and Passenger endorsements.
  • Physical exam, drug screen and background check required. 

A typical day for a driver at DART includes: 

  • Signing in on time, locate your assigned bus in the garage and set all route signs.  
  • Inspecting the bus and perform necessary vehicle checks (tires, gas, oil, lights, etc.) 
  • Reporting equipment malfunctions to appropriate shop personnel for correction. 
  • Collecting fares
  • Regulate heating, cooling and ventilation systems for passenger comfort. 
  • Reporting delays, breakdowns, and accidents using two-way radio. 
  • Submitting written reports of all accidents involving his/her bus. 
  • Must comply with all local traffic regulations. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • General knowledge of the Greater Des Moines Area
  • Ability to understand  and navigate the city, suburbs and county streets and landmarks.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with supervisors regarding construction, weather, traffic, construction, and trip changes
  • Maintain positive public relations with passengers
  • Ability to follow direction and established company policies and procedures
  • Desire to work with people
  • Skill of providing excellent customer service
  • Flexible schedule

What DART Offers:

  • $2,000 to $3,000 Sign-On Bonus (depending on CDL and endorsement status) 
  • Health Insurance with an option Health Savings Account that DART contributes to annually
  • Dental Coverage
  • Company Paid Life Insurance
  • 457 (b) Retirement Savings Plan
  • I.P.E.R.S. Retirement System
  • Company Paid Long Term Disability
  • Holidays
  • Wellness Center
  • Complimentary Buss Pass & discounted family pass
  • Annual Uniform Allowance 
  • Free Annual Wellness Screenings
  • B-Cycle Membership
  • Discounts on travel, personal care, nutrition, home & family, hearing & vision, fitness, apparel & footwear 
In compliance with Federal and State equal employment opportunity laws, qualified applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, veteran status, non-job related disability, or any other protected group status.

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