CTA Job Fair Draws Thousands

By Alexandria Fisher
|  Sunday, Mar 24, 2013  |  Updated 12:37 PM CDT
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Lines stretched down Western Avenue at the Chicago Transit Authority Job Fair Saturday morning as thousands hoped to land a job with public transportation company.

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Lines stretched down Western Avenue at the Chicago Transit Authority Job Fair Saturday morning as thousands hoped to land a job with the public transportation company.

The company plans to hire up to 700 new employees as customer service assistants to direct riders at "L" stations throughout Chicago.

CTA officials gathered at Roberto Clemente High School to take applications from city residents, though no interviews were conducted on site.

More than 1,600 people attended the fair within its first hour and the line continued to stretch around the building into the afternoon, according to Seth Wilson, vice president of human resources for the CTA.

CTA officials said more than 3,200 candidates were processed at the fair.

The new hires at the CTA will be paid up to $14 per hour and will become members of the Transit Union Local 308.

Applicants were required to be at least 21 and pass drug, alcohol, and basic skills tests along with a background check.

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