Bus Drivers, Subway Operators and Other Transit Operators

NOC 7512


This unit group includes workers who drive buses and operate streetcars, subway trains and light rail transit vehicles to transport passengers on established routes. Bus drivers are employed by urban transit systems, school boards or transportation authorities and private transportation companies. Streetcar, subway and light rail transit operators are employed by urban transit systems.


Bus drivers and streetcar operators:

  • Drive buses or streetcars along established routes to local destinations
  • Drive buses to transport passengers and goods to intercity or long distance destinations
  • Drive sightseeing tour buses to transport passengers locally or over long distances
  • Drive buses equipped for wheelchair accessibility, and aid passengers in boarding
  • Provide passengers with information on fares, schedules and stops
  • Collect fares, issue and validate transfers, check bus passes and record transactions
  • Conduct pre-trip and post-trip inspections of vehicle
  • Communicate with passengers, dispatchers or other drivers using two-way radio systems
  • Report delays, mechanical problems and accidents

School bus drivers:

  • Drive school buses to transport children between school and home or on excursions
  • Ensure children’s safety when boarding and leaving buses and crossing street while bus is stopped
  • Maintain control of student activities during travel to prevent distractions or behaviours that could compromise safety

Subway train and light rail transit operators:

  • Operate subway or rail transit vehicles as part of two-person crew
  • Observe signals at crossings and arrival and departure points
  • Operate controls to open and close transit vehicle doors
  • Report delays, malfunctions and accidents to control unit
  • Ensure passenger safety and welfare in emergencies, and direct passengers during evacuation procedures.

Other Titles

  • subway train operator
  • sightseeing tour driver
  • public passenger transit driver
  • school bus driver
  • light rail transit operator
  • bus operator
  • trolley bus operator
  • streetcar operator
  • motor coach driver

(Government of Canada National Occupation Classification)


  • Verbal communication
  • Operation and control
  • Equipment maintenance
  • Reliability
  • Coordination
  • Able to work independently
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Time management

Education/Training Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required

Post-secondary diploma/degree

  • Not required


  • A Class B, C, E or F driver’s license is required in Ontario.
  • A minimum of one year of safe driving experience is required
  • An air brakes endorsement and first aid certificate may be required
  • Experience as a public transit bus driver is usually required for subway and light rail operators

Potential Earnings in Durham Region

The average and median wages and salaries for individuals employed as bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators are as follows. Place of Residence (POR) is defined as individuals who reside within the Durham Region. Place of Work (POW) is defined as individuals who are employed within the Durham Region.

Median Wages and Salaries (POR): $50,082        Average Wages and Salaries (POR): $43,001

Median Wages and Salaries (POW): $13,961      Average Wages and Salaries (POW): $27,954

Employment Prospects

Industry (NAICS) Jobs in Durham Region (POW) Durham Region Residents Employed (POR)
4851 Urban transit systems 270 995

(Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development 2016 data in Durham Workforce Authority’s 2017 Sector Report)

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