Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity

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Also known as:  Charter Coach Driver, Motor Coach Bus Driver, Motor Coach Driver, Motor Coach Tour Operator, Public Transit Bus Driver, Public Transit Trolley Driver

ABOUT BUS DRIVER, TRANSIT OR INTERCITY CAREERS

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Whether cross-town or cross-country, bus drivers are people movers. Inter-city bus drivers operate vehicles that go between regions or states, transit bus drivers operate busses in large metropolitan and suburban areas, and motor-coach drivers take people on charter excursions or tours that may last ...
several days.

Some drivers are responsible for collecting fares and issuing transfers. Bus drivers are expected to keep to fixed routes and schedules. They are trained to operate their vehicles safely under all traffic and weather conditions. Since they deal with the public, a courteous attitude and good communications skills are needed. While the job is not physically strenuous, it can be fatiguing and stressful.

Bus drivers must have a commercial drivers' license, good hearing and vision, and a good driving record. Drivers may work nights, weekend and holidays. Some transit bus drivers may work "split shifts," driving in the morning and evening rush hours, with time off in between. If you like driving and are good with people, getting behind the wheel of a bus may be just the ticket to a satisfying career.
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Drive bus or motor coach, including regular route operations, charters, and private carriage. May assist passengers with baggage. May collect fares or tickets.
Leadership
LOW
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
LOW
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
HIGH
Dealing and handling conflict
HIGH
Competition for this position
LOW
Communication with others
LOW
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
LOW
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
HIGH
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
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Handle passenger emergencies or disruptions.
Report delays or accidents.
Record information, such as cash receipts and ticket fares, and maintain log book.
Advise passengers to be seated and orderly while on vehicles.
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.
Maintain cleanliness of bus or motor coach.
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.
Inspect vehicles, and check gas, oil, and water levels prior to departure.
Park vehicles at loading areas so that passengers can board.
Regulate heating, lighting, and ventilating systems for passenger comfort.
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Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
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Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Telecommunications Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
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Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
Spatial Orientation The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
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Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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