Los Angeles - - This year marks the Metro Bus Operators Bridge Program's most successful year of completions. Since January, there have been eight classes that ultimately graduated 160 trainees, of which 100 have become bus operators.
In a return engagement, Metro CEO Art Leahy served as keynote speaker to the most recent class of Bridge Program graduates, sharing with them both his experiences with the company and the potential Metro offers.
After thanking them for embarking on a career with Metro, Leahy reflected on his 40 years with Metro, using that as solid evidence of the opportunities for self-growth and career mobiity as limitless.
The Bridge program offers an alternative way of entering into employment as a bus driver with Metro. Designed to meet the transportation company's needs, it offers a unique "on-ramp" to success. Bridge training emcompasses over 70 hours of contextualized customer service skills, training for transit careers, and lifelong learning skills such as time management, study, and test taking strategies. Additionally, the classroom and field discussions include key bus preparation and DMV commercial permit rules.
More than 700 individuals have participated in the program since its inception in 2006. Of those, more than 500 are now employed as Metro bus operators. Currently, at least two more classes are slated for the remainder of the year.