Public Transportation Driver 

Driving a bus for the Toronto Transit Commission is a tough job, and I observed this firsthand while watching and asking questions to one of their bus drivers. The driver’s route was along a major street and he stopped multiple times at a subway stop. I think he actually had a lucky route, too, because almost all of the passengers stayed on the bus till the subway station so he didn’t have to stop at every block. The day I shadowed him, it was a really rainy day so while it seemed to be pretty quiet on the streets, all the passengers were in a bad mood because they were wet. The driver told me that rainy days are usually slower and can be frustrating. He just strives to drive safely in the rain and complete his route. He says that on his route, he likes to help with hundreds of people every day and know that when he gets home he doesn’t have paperwork or anything to worry about.

The driver I shadowed started a few years ago and is hoping to be a subway train operator in the future—in order to become a subway train operator, you must have experience driving a bus. Although he wants to operate a train, he still seemed to enjoy his job, at least the day I shadowed him.  

A Typical Day

Every day a bus driver completes his route, picking up passengers and taking them to their destinations.

Top 3 Perks

1) People love to drive

 2) Being an important part of people’s day and getting them from A to B 

 3) Receiving city benefits 

Job Culture

Driving for long periods of time, answering passengers’ questions and calculating fares.


1) High school diploma 

2) Driver’s license 

3) Training from employer  

Skills Needed

Good driving skills, people skills, patience, ability to concentrate, geographic knowledge.

The Field

- Roads are becoming more congested and more frustrating as urbanization increases.