School bus drivers perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Drive school buses to transport children between school and home or on excursions
B. Ensure children's safety when boarding and leaving buses and crossing street while bus is stopped.
Subway train and light rail transit operators perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Operate subway or rail transit vehicles as part of two-person crew
B. Observe signals at crossings and arrival and departure points
C. Operate controls to open and close transit vehicle doors
D. Report delays, malfunctions and accidents to control unit
E. Direct passengers during emergency evacuation procedures.
F. Drive buses or streetcars to transport passengers along established routes to local destinations
G. Drive buses to transport passengers and goods to intercity or long distance destinations
H. Drive sightseeing tour buses to transport passengers locally or over long distances, and may provide information on points of interest during trip
I. Drive buses equipped for wheelchair accessibility, and aid passengers in boarding
J. Provide passengers with information on fares, schedules and stops
K. Collect fares, issue transfers, check bus passes and record transactions
L. Report delays, mechanical problems and accidents
M. May load and unload passengers' luggage.
1. Transportation and warehousing - 85.0%
2. Educational services - 8.0%
3. Public administration - 2.0%
4. Retail trade - 1.0%
5. Health care and social assistance - 1.0%
1. In general, you usually need a high school diploma and must have a minimum of one year of safe-driving experience.
2. You usually receive three months' on-the-job training including classroom instruction.
3. To be a bus driver, you need a Class B, C, E or F driver's licence in Ontario and a Class 2 driver's licence elsewhere.
4. To be a subway or light rail transit operator, you usually need experience as a public transit bus driver.
5. You may need an Air Brakes Endorsement and First Aid Certificate.
6. With experience, you may move up the ranks to become a supervisor or an inspector.
The average hourly wages for Bus Drivers, Subway Operators and Other Transit Operators is $16.18/HR, which is below average for occupations in the trades, transport and equipment operators sector and close to the average for all intermediate occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.