(Portland, OR) -- TriMet is handing out hefty hiring bonuses in an attempt to attract more bus drivers to the transportation agency. The agency says new bus drivers who join TriMet will receive a 25-hundred-dollar hiring bonus. No prior experience is necessary, and training lasts seven weeks. TriMet says pay starts at 21 dollars an hour and increases to nearly 33 dollars an hour after about three years. TriMet is among multiple transportation agencies struggling to stay afloat under a national labor shortage.