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July 01, 2024



Looking to steer your career in a new direction? Driving for Big Blue Bus can be a long-lasting career with company-covered benefits and training opportunities. We are looking for customer service and safety-minded Motor Coach Operators to join our growing team.

Every day, Big Blue Bus connects thousands of people to new opportunities that await them. As a Motor Coach Operator, you will have a unique opportunity to enrich the lives of our customers, by ensuring they arrive safely and on time to their destinations. Further, you’ll meet new people, be an ambassador for the City of Santa Monica, and experience growth opportunities at every stop!

If you enjoy driving, seek real opportunities for career advancement, and are passionate about making a difference in the community, then we invite you to drive Blue.

Apply to Drive Blue

No Experience Necessary

Previous Bus Operator or commercial driving experience is not required. We will provide an eight (8) week, full-time (40 hours/week) paid training program, consisting of both classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction. We’ll also provide training and testing for your Commercial Driver’s License Permit.

Excellent Salary

Upon successful completion of the training program, you’ll earn $27.05/hour, and full-time bus operators may earn up to $36.06/hour.

Great Benefits

In addition to a friendly, flexible, and fast-paced work environment, Big Blue Bus offers great benefits, including:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Transit Passes or Reimbursements
  • Retirement with CALPERS
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Vacation/Sick Leave and Paid Holidays
  • Dependent Care Assistance Plan and Marine Park Childcare Center 


What it Means to Drive Blue


Motor Coach Operators must be available to work days, nights, weekends, and holidays. All applicants must also meet requirements that include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Valid California Class C driver’s license
  • Graduation from high school or equivalent
  • Minimum 21 years of age at time of application
  • One year of recent, paid customer service work experience

  • Getting Behind the Wheel of a Big Blue Bus - 4 Steps

    You must obtain a copy of your driving record (known as a “K-4”). Your K-4 may be purchased at a DMV kiosk or in-person at a DMV office, and issued within 30 days of your application submittal. K-4 printouts from the DMV website and other agencies (e.g. AAA) will not be accepted. Your K-4 must show that you have not been at fault in three (3) or more accidents, within the 12 months preceding the date of your application.

    Step 1: Obtain a K-4 Printout from the DMV

    Step 2: Submit Your Application and K-4

    All materials must be submitted on-line and received by the Human Resources Department no later than the specified closing date and time indicated on the application materials. You can scan and upload your K-4 printout to your electronic application. You may also email ( or fax (310-656-5705).

    Step 3: Interview, Testing and Potential Job Offer

    If your skills match the qualifications, and you successfully pass the components of the selection process, we’ll be in touch to schedule an interview. You may receive a job offer contingent on passing several pre-employment tests, which will be administered at no cost to you. You must pass each test before moving on to the next step.

    Step 4: Orientation and Training

    You will be scheduled for orientation and approximately eight (8) weeks of paid training at Big Blue Bus. Prior to the first day of training, you must possess a California Class A or B Commercial Driver’s License Permit. Upon successful completion of the training program and a proficiency examination, you will be eligible to become a part-time Motor Coach Operator! Motor Coach Operators serve a one-year probationary period.

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    Big Blue Bus is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, ancestry, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, age, veteran status, or disability.

    About Big Blue Bus

    Big Blue Bus operates a fleet of 195 vehicles transporting more than 44,000 customers daily across a 58-square mile service area. Nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to a cleaner environment, the entire fleet operates on alternative fuels, including renewable natural gas (RNG) a form of liquefied and compressed natural gas (LNG/CNG), which helps cut emissions by up to 90 percent. Serving Santa Monica and the Los Angeles area since 1928, Big Blue Bus has won numerous awards for its safety, efficiency, marketing, and customer service.