CAREER

Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers

Overview

Salary Median (2020)

$45,900

Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+9.3% (as fast as the average)

Most Common Level of Education

High school diploma or equivalent

Career

What Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers Do

Drive bus or motor coach, including regular route operations, charters, and private carriage. May assist passengers with baggage. May collect fares or tickets.

Other Job Titles Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers May Have

Bus Driver, Bus Operator, Charter Bus Driver, Coach Operator, Motor Coach Driver, Motor Coach Operator, Transit Bus Driver, Transit Coach Operator, Transit Driver, Transit Operator

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Transit Driver/Back Up Dispatcher ,

City of Wilsonville

Picking up and delivering passengers to their destinations safely. Making sure my bus is operationally sound to make it through the shift, by completing a pre trip inspection. Enjoying friendly conversation with my passengers.

Bus Driver ,

Midway Shuttle

On a typical day I would always be punctual. I would start by greeting dispatch and punching in. I would ask if there were any route changes or important information that the drivers should know about. Although there were instances when drivers were not informed and you just deal with the situation as it came. Next came the pre-trip inspection inside and outside of the bus. Fuel if necessary. Clean windows and mirrors. Any need repairs meant I would tell dispatch and take another bus.


Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Drive vehicles over specified routes or to specified destinations according to time schedules, complying with traffic regulations to ensure that passengers have a smooth and safe ride.
  • Park vehicles at loading areas so that passengers can board.
  • Inspect vehicles and check gas, oil, and water levels prior to departure.
  • Announce stops to passengers.
  • Assist passengers, such as elderly or disabled individuals, on and off bus, ensure they are seated properly, help carry baggage, and answer questions about bus schedules or routes.

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