In order to qualify for a job as a transit and intercity bus driver, applicants must pass a special driving test to demonstrate that they possess the necessary skills to safely operate a transit bus, which is typically significantly larger and longer than other vehicles. In addition to being capable of driving a multi-passenger bus, drivers also must be calm, even-tempered, alert, and able to juggle multiple mental tasks at the same time without becoming flustered or emotionally agitated; this ensures that drivers will be able to operate the bus, handle the entering and exiting of many passengers, and cope with the demands of traffic and infrastructure issues.
Transit and intercity bus drivers are usually required to have a high school diploma and a valid driver's license in addition to successful completion of a commercial driving course and driving experience. It is also standard for drivers to undergo on-the-job training and safety education on a regular basis. Bus drivers typically work an eight-hour shift, though in major cities where there are multiple routes, shift lengths and times may vary considerably. Drivers spend most of their day working on their own on the bus, though there is a high level of personal interaction with passengers boarding and leaving the bus.
Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity Tasks
- Maintain good relations with general public, announce stops, direct and control passengers.
- Operate the bus skillfully and safely, answer questions regarding service, routes and fares.
- Drive the bus and various passengers over specified routes according to specified time schedules.
- Read time schedules, street signs, traffic signs, head signs, bus passes and instructions.