Transit Bus Driver  What They Do

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Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity Career Video



Drives bus or motor coach, including regular route operations, charters, and private carriage. May assist passengers with baggage. May collect fares or tickets.

This career is part of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics cluster Transportation Operations pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Drives 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.
  • Parks vehicles at loading areas so that passengers can board.
  • Inspects vehicles and checks gas, oil, and water levels prior to departure.
  • Announces stops to passengers.
  • Assists passengers, such as elderly or disabled individuals, on and off bus, ensure they are seated properly, helps carry baggage, and answers questions about bus schedules or routes.
  • Collects tickets or cashes fares from passengers.
  • Handles passenger emergencies or disruptions.
  • Reports delays or accidents.
  • Advises passengers to be seated and orderly while on vehicles.
  • Regulates heating, lighting, and ventilating systems for passenger comfort.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Picking out a particular sound in the presence of other sounds
  • Judging how far away an object is, or which of several objects is closer or farther away
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing objects clearly in glaring conditions or bright lighting
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Seeing clearly in low light conditions
  • Seeing objects or movement to one's side when looking forward
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overnight travel
  • Weekend work

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