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FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME COACH OPERATORS

 

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Can you create more opportunities for yourself?

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Drive a bus for Community Transit. Be someone’s connection to work, family and life.
We’ve just increased wages for our Coach Operators! Effective January 1, 2015:

Starting at                    Earn up to
$47,029                         $61,027

($22.61/hr)                    ($29.34/hr)

Get Paid While You Learn

 

Paid training at $19.22/hour (Effective January 1, 2015) includes excellent medical, dental and vision benefits for the entire family. Commercial Driver’s License training provided. See the full list of benefits here.

 

Before you begin, check out these tips for a successful application. The easiest way to apply is to use our online application.

 

 

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Submit an application. We use governmentjobs.com (NeoGov) for online applications.

When you get to the application page, you can either create a new account or log-in if you’ve used the system before. Once you create an online account, you can apply for other jobs at Community Transit, as well as other government agencies using governmentjobs.com.

While we prefer you apply online, a paper application can be mailed to you by calling (425) 348-7100.

 

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Sustainability at Metro

Sustainability is commonly defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.  A founding signatory to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Sustainability Commitment, Metro is committed to adopting core processes that ensure ongoing environmental, social, and economic sustainability practices are continually improved over time.  In 2013, Metro received gold-level recognition from APTA based on a review of sustainability indicators, and is one of only twelve transit agencies in the country to achieve gold-level status (as of March 2014).  At Metro, we address sustainability in terms of both the services we provide and how we operate..





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WATCH: A 92-year-old man panics and hits 9 vehicles while driving in the parking lot of a local Piggly Wiggly — Mayville, Wisconsin, Police released the surveillance video Feb. 13; no one was seriously injured.

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TRANSIT: Senate puts light rail to Tacoma at risk

Re: “Proposal to increase gas tax has momentum” (TNT, 2-13).

Pierce County voters should be aware that the state Senate is trying to put a roadblock in front of finishing light rail between Tacoma and Sea-Tac Airport. Funding authority for Sound Transit in the Senate package has been cut by $4 billion (more than 25 percent), which is enough to put the project at risk of not making it to the Tacoma Dome.

The state Department of Transportation says peak traffic now starts before 3 p.m. in Fife and lasts an average of four hours, with backups growing to more than five miles long.

As the region and the economy continue to grow, traffic continues to get worse, with a half-hour commute becoming 60 or even 90 minutes. This is time that people could be spending with their families or using to take care of their health.

Light rail to the airport will take thousands of cars off of Interstate 5 during rush-hour congestion. Please tell your state senator to give commuters some relief by granting Sound Transit the funding authority it needs to finish building light rail between Tacoma and Sea-Tac Airport.

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New Jersey student wins court case to keep ‘under God’ in Pledge of Allegiance…



A New Jersey high school senior has won her case to keep “one nation under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, defeating atheist attacks that sought to strike the language from the pledge.

Samantha Jones, a senior at Highland Regional High School, declared victory Friday in protecting what she has described as the right of her fellow students to continue reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in its entirety. After hearing the teen and her family’s case, a state judge dismiss the latest efforts by the American Humanist Association to remove “under God” from the Pledge.

The legal battle first began when an unnamed New Jersey family from Monmouth County, identified in court papers as John and Jane Doe and their child, sued the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District in February 2014, alleging the phrase “under God” in the pledge is discriminatory. The case was filed by the American Humanist Association, which claimed the recitation of the pledge violates Article 1 of the state’s constitution.

Jones, who was attending another school, fought back, telling Fox News last November that the phrase “acknowledges that our rights don’t come from the government but from a higher power, so they can’t take away the rights.”

She described America as a country of many beliefs and claimed all of those beliefs – including those of atheists – are protected by “one nation under God.”

“I don’t think that it’s as much about religion as it is about our rights. Everyone has the right to remain silent but they don’t have the right to silence everybody else,” she told Fox News.

After the school district and Jones won their case, she said in a statement released Friday that “I’m so grateful the court decided that kids like me shouldn’t be silenced just because some people object to timeless American values.”

“Ever since I was little, I’ve recited the Pledge of Allegiance because it sums up the values that make our country great. The phrase ‘under God’ protects all Americans-including atheists-because it reminds the government that it can’t take away basic human rights because it didn’t create them,” she said.

Jones and her family were represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. Historic defenders of the Pledge like the Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization, and the American Legion also intervened in the case.

“The message today is loud and clear: “God” is not a dirty word,” Eric Rassbach, Deputy General Counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, also said in a statement Friday. “The Pledge of Allegiance isn’t a prayer, and reciting it doesn’t magically create an official state religion.”

“The Pledge-in the tradition of Washington’s Farewell Address or Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address-is not a prayer to God, but a statement about who we are as a nation. Dissenters have every right to sit out the Pledge, but they can’t silence everyone else,” Rassbach said.

David Niose, an attorney for the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center, had argued that public schools should not “engage in an exercise that tells students that patriotism is tied to a belief in God.”

“Such a daily exercise portrays atheist and humanist children as second-class citizens, and certainly contributes to anti-atheist prejudices,” Niose claimed.

The Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District doesn’t require that students say the Pledge of Allegiance. The Supreme Court ruled in 1943 that school children could not be forced to recite the pledge.

State Superior Court Judge David Bauman said during arguments in November that there wasn’t any evidence the student in question had been “bullied, ostracized or in any way mistreated.” But Bauman also noted during his questioning of district attorney David Rubin that district policy requires parents whose children don’t say the pledge to furnish an explanation in writing.

At the time, Rubin said he wasn’t aware of any cases in which parents had refused to supply an explanation and didn’t know what the ramifications would be if they didn’t. He accused the plaintiffs of filing a lawsuit claiming the pledge violates laws against the official establishment of religion “masquerading as an equal protection case.”

School district officials had claimed they’re simply following a state law requiring schools to have a daily recitation of the pledge. In a court filing, the district wrote that the plaintiffs can’t claim a violation of equal protection laws because all students are treated equally by not having to recite the pledge.

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Final Prop 1 Contract and Seattle Bus Improvements

By David Lawson

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These riders will be very happy in September. Photo by Oran Viriyincy.

We (well, at least incorrigible transit nerds) have been waiting with bated breath since the passage of Seattle’s Proposition 1 in November to see the contract between the City of Seattle and King County Metro which is required under the text of Prop 1. It’s finally here, posted to the King County Council’s website as an attachment to the ordinance through which the Council will most likely approve it.

There are all sorts of interesting details in the contract language which we will probably poke at in future posts.  But for now we wanted to share the good stuff: specific service improvements.  The improvements affect most routes in the city of Seattle.  About half of them will be implemented in June, and the other half in September.  Many of the June improvements are subtle schedule changes to improve reliability (mostly increasing run time and recovery time), while the September improvements are a bit more visible.

The City of Seattle chose the improvements in two ways.  First, all of the reliability and overcrowding improvements identified as necessary in Metro’s 2014 Service Guidelines Report were included.  Second, once those needs were taken care of, city staff selected improvements after analysis applying the county’s Service Guidelines, the city’s Transit Master Plan, and Metro route performance data.  Broadly, the improvements fit into two categories: 1) reliability improvements on existing service, and 2) new trips on existing routes, including both peak and off-peak frequency improvements.  There are no restructures in this initial round of improvements, for obvious reasons of speed and ease of implementation.  Nevertheless, these improvements will make the system significantly easier to use, especially nights and weekends.  They should also relieve some dysfunction during rush hours.  Specifics below the jump.

Reliability Improvements

The following routes will see schedule changes to improve reliability, nearly all in June: C Line, D Line, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 14, 16, 17, 18, 21, 21X, 24, 25, 26, 26X, 27, 28, 28X, 29, 31, 32, 33, 37, 40, 41, 43, 44, 48, 49, 55, 56, 57, 60, 64, 66, 70, 71, 72, 74, 76, 83, 99.

A larger reliability improvement will come to riders of Routes 7, 43, 44, and 49.  These routes are currently through-routed evenings, nights, and Sundays (7 with 49, and 43 with 44).  Both through-routes will be broken evenings and Sundays, and will remain in place only at night after 10 p.m.

Frequency Improvements

The following are the frequency improvements included, listed by route.  In general, “evenings” means 7:00 to 10:00 p.m, while “nights” means after 10:00 p.m, generally through midnight or 1:00 a.m.

C Line and D Line (June): This is the costliest, most substantial improvement in the whole package.  Peak frequency to 7-8 minutes.  Weekday midday and weekend daytime to 12 minutes.  Weekday and weekend nights to 15 minutes.

Route 2S (September): Weekday and Saturday evenings to 15 minutes.

Routes 3/4 (September): Weekend nights and early mornings to 30 minutes.

Route 5: Weekday and Saturday evenings to 15 minutes in June.  Sunday evenings to 15 minutes in September.

Route 5X: 4 new peak trips in both directions.

Route 7 (September): 2 new peak trips in both directions. Weekend daytime to 12 minutes.

Route 8: 1 new peak trip in both directions in June.  Longer span of 15-minute service on Saturdays in September.  Weekend late nights to 30 minutes in September.

Route 9 (September): Peak frequency to 20 minutes.

Route 10 (June): Weekday late nights/early mornings, weekend evenings, and Sunday daytime all to 15 minutes.

Route 11 (September): Weekday midday and Saturday daytime to 15 minutes.

Route 12 (September): Weekday and Saturday evenings to 15 minutes.

Route 14 (September): Weekday nights to 30 minutes.

Route 15 (June): 2 new peak trips in both directions.

Route 16: 3 new afternoon peak trips in June. Weekday and weekend evenings and Sunday daytime to 20 minutes in September.

Route 17 (June): 1 new afternoon peak trip.

Route 18 (June): 1 new morning peak trip.

Route 19 (June): Restored, with 5 morning and 6 afternoon trips.

Route 24 (June): 1 new afternoon peak trip.  Weekday evenings to 30 minutes.

Route 25 (September): Peak frequency to 30 minutes.

Route 27 (June): Weekday midday and evening service restored at 30-minute frequency.

Route 28 (June): 1 new morning peak trip.

Route 30 (September): 2 additional hours of span extending toward the midday.  This should result in morning service until about 10:00 and afternoon service starting around 2:00.

Routes 31/32 (September): Weekday nights to 30 minutes.

Route 33 (September): 2 new peak trips in both directions.  Weekday evenings and weekend daytime to 30 minutes.

Route 40: An unspecified number of new peak trips in June.  Weekday and Saturday evenings to 15 minutes in June.  Sunday daytime to 15 minutes in September.

Route 41: 1 new peak trip in both directions in June. Weekday evenings to 15 minutes and weekday nights to 30 minutes in June.  Sunday daytime to 15 minutes in September.

Route 43 (September): Saturday daytime to 15 minutes.

Route 44: Weekday middays to 12 minutes in June.  Peak frequency to 10 minutes and Saturday daytime to 12 minutes in September.

Route 47 (June): Restored, with 30-minute peak and 45-minute midday frequency, weekdays only.

Route 48: 1 new peak trip in both directions in June.  Sunday daytime and Saturday evenings to 15 minutes in September.

Route 49 (September): Weekday nights to 15 minutes.

Route 55 (June): 4 new peak trips in both directions.

Route 60 (June): Weekday evenings to 30 minutes.

Routes 66/67 (September): Saturday daytime to 15 minutes (presumably by operating Route 67 on Saturday).  Weekday night service on Route 66 to 30 minutes.

Route 68 (September): Saturday 30-minute daytime service over a longer span.  New Sunday daytime 30-minute service.

Route 70 (September): 1 new morning peak trip.  New 15-minute service Sundays, evenings, and nights (in conjunction with all 71/72/73 trips being converted to express trips).

Route 71: 1 new afternoon peak trip in June.  All local trips converted to express in September.

Route 72: 1 new afternoon peak trip in June. All nights and Sundays to 30 minutes in September.  All local trips converted to express in September.

Route 73 (September): All nights and Sundays to 30 minutes.  All local trips converted to express.

Route 74 (June): 1 new morning peak trip.

Route 120 (June): 3 new morning peak trips originating at White Center.

Route 125 (June): Weekend daytime to 30 minutes, including restored Sunday service.

Full Weekday Service: The City of Seattle will pay for Metro not to implement “Reduced Weekday” schedules on Seattle routes.  The “Reduced Weekday” schedule is typically operated on inconsistently observed holidays like Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Veterans Day.  It cancels selected trips on high-ridership routes, and has typically resulted in large schedule gaps, overcrowded trips, and lots of inconvenienced riders.

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