Transit Driver Job Description

Updated on June 2, 2019

Position Overview

Transit drivers follow a designated route and schedule to transport passengers from one place to another.

They usually travel within a city but depending on the company that they are working on.

 

Also, they may be required to drive a vehicle between neighboring towns or even states.

This professional is usually the only person operating a bus or a boat – apart from driving a transit bus or boat, s/he also operates doors so that they open and close when passengers embark or disembark and also collect fares and handle ticketing services.

There isn’t any requirement for a college degree to become a transit driver.

Many professional driving schools offer courses in driving, and a candidate who has been trained is usually considered more seriously for this position.

 

Customer service orientation and decision making skills are two of the most important skills for a transit driver’s job as they need to be in constant contact with them.

See also: Transit Bus Driver Resume

 

Transit Driver Job Description and Duties

• Greet passengers as they prepare to embark bus, van or boat

• Ensure that passengers are seated comfortably and adequately

Drive vehicle following a designated route to transport passengers from one place to another

• Make frequent stops in keeping with a route schedule

• Announce each designation that the vehicle is about to reach or has reached

• Transport passengers on sightseeing tours and chartered trips

• Issue tickets, collect fares and provide change

• Provide passengers with information about routes and schedules

• Assist disabled passengers in embarking and disembarking from the vehicle

• Park buses on designated areas so that passengers can embark and luggage can be loaded

• Ensure that luggage is properly secured in the boot and is labeled properly

• Regulate heating and cooling systems of the vehicle to ensure a comfortable environment for passengers

• Report any delays or accidents along the route and ensure that any adverse situation is handled in a professional manner

• Ensure that the vehicle is cleaned and maintained at all times

• Check tire pressure and fluids as part of regular and preventative maintenance measures

• Change flat tires and ensure that spare tires are always available

• Handle emergencies on board and intervene in adverse situations with a view to resolution

• Inspect vehicles to make sure they are safe for traveling on long routes

• Advise passengers how to seat correctly on moving vehicles

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