Even though COTA drivers don’t make a lot of money, COTA is in the process of expanding, so they need more of them. If you’re interested in driving a bus and you’re not familiar with current COTA routes, you can always brush up here.
COTA in search of more drivers
Sales-tax money fuels bus service expansion
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
BY TIM DOULIN
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
With an estimated $36 million in new sales-tax money coming next year, COTA will have more buses to expand service.
Now, it needs to work on recruiting more drivers.
“The challenge will be to get more bus operators,” said William Lhota, president and chief executive officer of the Central Ohio Transit Authority.
COTA is expected to receive 40 new buses in 2008 to replace old ones in its fleet, which now totals 233. It wants to increase the number of bus drivers to 398, up from 364.
With an estimated 60 drivers expected to leave through retirement or other reasons, COTA will need to hire 94 drivers in 2008 to meet its goal.
The bus authority has said it needs to increase its starting wage, currently $10.90 an hour, to attract more drivers. Drivers and mechanics are in the final year of a three-year contract, which expires Nov. 30.