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What are the job requirements for a Small Bus(Connector) Driver?

  • Valid Michigan’s Driver’s License.
  • Less than four points on driving record.
  • No suspensions or restrictions on driving record in the last five years.
  • High school graduate or equivalent.
  • Successfully completes written and oral examination.
  • Meets physical requirements as specified by the Federal Department of Transportation for Coach Operators.
  • Ability to read, write and comprehend written directives and service information.
  • Ability to perform arithmetical calculations and maintain reports.
  • Ability to work in a time-structured environment under minimal direct supervision.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a desire to work with the public.
  • Ability to exercise sound and quick judgment in solving problems.
  • Basic mechanical aptitude helpful.
  • Ability to read a street map and find unknown locations quickly.
  • Knowledge of the service areas of the assigned terminal – Major streets and landmarks, street numbering system, etc.
  • Ability to communicate by telephone, two-way radio and in person in clear, fluent English in a courteous and professional manner with customers and co-workers.

What are the job requirement for a Fixed Route driver?

  • Valid Michigan’s Driver’s License.
  • Less than four (4) points on driving record.
  • No suspensions or restrictions on driving record in the last five years.
  • High school graduate or equivalent.
  • Successfully completes written and oral examination.
  • Meets physical requirements as specified by the Federal Department of Transportation for Coach Operators.
  • Ability to read, write and comprehend written directives and service information.
  • Ability to perform arithmetical calculations and maintain reports.
  • Ability to work in a time-structured environment under minimal direct supervision.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a desire to work with the public.
  • Ability to exercise sound and quick judgment in solving problems.
  • Basic mechanical aptitude helpful.
  • Ability to communicate by telephone, two-way radio and in person in clear, fluent English in a courteous and professional manner with customers and co-workers.

Can someone with a conviction record work at SMART?

A conviction record does not exclude someone from working at SMART. The decision to hire is made on a case-by-case basis. However, all applicants must disclose the existence of convictions. If you fail to do so, you will be disqualified.

What is the rate of pay for drivers?

The pay rate during the training period is $10.00 per hour. After successful completion of training, the pay rate will increase in accordance with the collective bargaining agreements. These are all full-time positions (40 hours per week) and are paid on a weekly basis.

What is the difference between Fixed Route and Connector?

Fixed Route is the large bus that runs down major streets and picks up passengers at designated bus stops. Fixed Route hours of operation are 7 days a week, approximately 23 hours per day. Connector is the smaller bus that is curb-to-curb service with the primary focus on transporting older adults and persons with disabilities. The hours of operation for Connector bus are Monday through Friday from approximately 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Where are SMART's locations?

Main Office
Buhl Building
535 Griswold Street, Suite 600
Detroit, Michigan 48226
Phone: 313/223-2375
Fax: 248/244-9254

Oakland Terminal
2021 Barrett
Troy, Michigan 48084

Wayne Terminal
30000 N. Industrial Dr.
Inkster, Michigan 48141

Macomb Terminal
22900 E. 15 Mile Road
Clinton Twp., Michigan 48035

How can I apply for a position with SMART?

SMART accepts applications for employment only through SMART’s website at www.smartbus.org. Click on About to see current job openings under careers.