One of the coolest things about Baltimore is that it’s in the middle of Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Virginia, and even The rest of Maryland.
(For those who don’t live here, and could be wondering why I mentioned Baltimore and Maryland separately…. It’s Baltimore is its own State within a State lol)
Anywho! This allows for quick travel between the regions I mentioned above which is great for job opportunities. At one point in time, I had lived in Emigsville Pennsylvania, while working in Baltimore City, and lived in Baltimore City while working in Northern Virginia. I say this to say that expanding opportunities by way of geography is more than doable while living here.
While we are on the topic, here are 5 awesome and available transit jobs near central Baltimore
Rabbit Transit, York PA
Rabbit Transit, soon to be a part of a bigger central Pennsylvanian transit effort tackles the York portion of transportation for the state of Pennsylvania. With starting wages around $20 an hour it’s more than a livable wage for York county where the median income is about $18,000 for an individual per year.
Not to mention though York City may geographically qualify as one, it doesn’t have nearly the level of hustle and bustle some of the other agencies we’ll talk about later in this post.
Pro’s: Less traffic, no major metropolitan.
Con’s: In the middle of a transition unsure of what the finished system will look like. Not accessible by train If you’re coming from Baltimore
Good Fit: Operators leaving a major metropolitan area looking for a change of pace
Bad Fit: Newer Operators who need an agency to hire them with a CDL permit.
ART, Arlington Virginia
I spent some time working for ART in 2020, and to this day, it is still the most beautiful place I’ve ever driven. It’s Hipsterville with a futuristic New York approach once you get to Rosslyn. With sights like the Pentagon and a brand new Amazon HQ on the way, ART has a clear benefit that most agencies don’t. It’s a beautiful place to drive.
Not to mention Northern VA has decent winters compared to Baltimore and York. It’s probably the closest you can get to perfect climate in this portion of the country.
Getting to ART from anywhere in Maryland is pretty easy as it’s accessible by train. When I worked here, my transit commute was about 90 minutes and the drive was about 60. This isn’t too bad considering I was traveling from Baltimore to Virginia which is technically 2 states away.
Pro’s: Scenery, growing area, accessible by transit
Cons: Bad Management, Old Equipment, Long straight runs, no career opportunities
Good For: Operators looking for a big city feel with a little bit of suburb mixed in.
Bad For: Operators who are looking for a long career in one place
RMA Limo, DMV
When my company Supir looks for new clients to provide operators or recruiting services to, we typically prospect hiring sites like Indeed. As it stands right now, RMA limo has the ONLY 4-star employee rating. (of qualified agencies). Not to mention the owner Robert is a pretty cool guy. He was one of the few people who actually responded to my cold emails back when I was a brand new entrepreneur. I’ll always respect him for that.
One of RMA’s biggest strengths is its flexibility. They have contracts and routes all over Maryland, Virginia, and DC, including the Charm City Circulator which is a locally operated Transit system, run by Baltimore City.
Pro’s Flexibility, Private Company,
Cons: Career Growth
Good Fit: Seasoned Operators In between jobs, Operators Who Enjoy Driving Multiple Bus Types
Bad Fit: Operators Who Have Never Driven Charters or Private Transportation
Maryland Transit Administration(MDOT MTA), Baltimore
Covering most of the Baltimore Metro area, MDOT MTA is one of the county’s largest transit agencies. Having fixed-route transit, commuter runs, tri-state commuter train, light rail, heavy rail, and paratransit. With multiple modes, it’s clear that MTA knows how to get around.
Did you know that MTA actually has a train that goes to West Virginia?
I wrote a post some time ago proclaiming that MDOT MTA has the best bus wrap in the country and I still stand by that. However not only are the wraps cool, but the buses themselves are top of the line.
MDOT has added new buses to the fleet nearly every year for the past decade with more to come as part of its NOVA Bus deal. To put that into perspective, MDOT has added buses to the fleet every year from 2008-2021 with the exception being 2015.
MTA’s competitive advantage is its ability to train and license its own drivers. Back in my day ( I feel old saying that) you could actually be hired with a normal driver’s license. In other words…they will literally pay you to give you a CDL it’s the best deal in town.
Pros: Multiple Depots easy to move around, High-end buses
Cons: Crime rate, expensive cost of living
Good Fit: Rookies Operators
Bad Fit: Operators who prefer a slow pace
WMATA, Washington DC
So here’s the thing about WMATA, they are technically DC’s transit system. Hence the name Washington Metro Area Transit Authority, but they cover more square miles in MD and Va. Here’s another fun fact, WMATA is the only transit company on this list that has a bus that travels to all of the major metros in the DMV, including Baltimore! With the addition of the Silver and Purple trains, WMATA is probably the fastest-growing transit agency in the United States right now, and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon
Pro’s: Largest System: Highest Wage in Area, High-quality buses
Cons: Ranked 15th in the world for traffic congestion. High stress
Good Fit: Rookie Operators looking for a 30-year retirement
Bad Fit: Operators who prefer smaller a smaller community of coworkers.