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Public Transportation Operators


Public transportation operators include drivers of school buses, intercity buses, local commuter buses, and local transit railway systems, such as subways and streetcars. Many drivers run a predetermined route within a city or metropolitan area, transporting passengers from one designated place to another. Intercity drivers travel between cities and states, transporting passengers and luggage on more lengthy trips. Some public transportation operators are required to handle additional special duties, such as transporting passengers with disabilities. There are approximately 665,000 bus drivers and 12,600 subway and streetcar operators employed in the United States.

Salary Range

Below $25,000 to $75,000

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma




About as Fast as the Average
Personality Traits


Hands On


Career Ladder
Dispatcher or Station Manager


Experienced Driver

Part-Time, Substitute Driver