What do Subway and Streetcar Operators do?

Operate subway or elevated suburban trains with no separate locomotive, or electric-powered streetcar, to transport passengers. May handle fares.

  • Operate controls to open and close transit vehicle doors.
  • Drive and control rail-guided public transportation, such as subways, elevated trains, and electric-powered streetcars, trams, or trolleys, in order to transport passengers.
  • Monitor lights indicating obstructions or other trains ahead and watch for car and truck traffic at crossings to stay alert to potential hazards.
  • Direct emergency evacuation procedures.
  • Regulate vehicle speed and the time spent at each stop, in order to maintain schedules.
  • Report delays, mechanical problems, and emergencies to supervisors or dispatchers, using radios.
  • Make announcements to passengers, such as notifications of upcoming stops or schedule delays.
  • Complete reports, including shift summaries and incident or accident reports.
  • Greet passengers, provide information, and answer questions concerning fares, schedules, transfers, and routings.
  • Attend meetings on driver and passenger safety in order to learn ways in which job performance might be affected.
  • Collect fares from passengers, and issue change and transfers.
  • Record transactions and coin receptor readings in order to verify the amount of money collected.

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Necessary Skills

  • Operation and Control
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Active Listening
  • Speaking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Monitoring
  • Service Orientation

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