Maybe it was me, but I loved the challenge of keeping the difficult bus lines on schedule. I’d hear the horror stories from riders and other drivers and …well was kinda turned on I guess. The prospect of “taming the beast” excited me, still does 10 years later.
As my career developed I begin to understand, it's actually not all about speed. It’s more about the strategy. A method to the madness so to speak.
Does speed play a part? Potentially but that's only if your speeds slow. Then it will most defiantly play a part. …
You can’t penalize your way to results
Simply put, it doesn’t motivate the drivers. It disconnects the workforce from the decision-makers, and creates a reaction to the action and further perpetuates more of the “us vs them” culture that plagues transit ops. This, unfortunately, trickles down to how some operators treat customers.
Transit is driven literally and figuratively on the backs of the operators. The best schedules, best analysis, best data, even best buses will do nothing for a disconnected workforce that does not care.
On a more broad-spectrum, “fear culture” doesn’t work.
Now it did work at one point…
As a Bus Driver You Can Feel Like A Sitting Duck. Here’s What You Can Do To Help Reduce Your Chance Of Getting Covid-19 At Work
Transit Operators have always been the underappreciated heroes of the workforce. You get most of the blame when something goes wrong while never receiving some of the praise when things go right.
Come to think of it we can’t recall the last time we’ve seen any sort of transit-related incentive similar to the ones we see for nurses, first responders, and veterans.
Its a tough gig and Coronavirus didn’t make it any better
Hard to believe that I’ve been a Mass Transit Operator for practically a decade now! When I started I was 20, had a full head of long dreadlocks, and a beach body like a Dragon Ball Z character. Nowadays..not so much but!….. I’m a Happy Father and Husband who transit has provided the incredible opportunity to be able to travel the world, provide my kids with an exceptional education, and enjoy a really great Middle-Class Life. It’s truly beautiful.
I gotta say, I think it’s the best job in the world. The great out ways the bad, no two…
Homeless riders are unintentionally taking seats from essential workers, what can we do about it?
I think before you can create any solution, you have to fully understand the problem. Homeless riders are nothing new to transit. As a driver who preferred to work late nights, this picture above was a scene that was quite common.
You grow to know the signs when a homeless patron boards your service. Usually a lot of bags, typically dressed head to toe regardless of weather, and maybe some sort of cart.
Though you may encounter a few “bad apples”, for the most part…
Sometimes in the field of commercial driving, you can forget just how important “soft communication” skills can be. When I had initially gotten into running my own business, it was apparent almost immediately how behind the 8-ball I was in certain categories.
This wasn’t because I was “dumb’ or anything of that nature. I was a driver, been one for damn near-decade!
I didn’t plan on going anywhere in my field that I could benefit from college-style courses on Public Speaking or Business Communication. These things won’t help me become a better driver — which in theory may be true…
Why transit agencies are struggling to hire and retain drivers, even though the pay and benefits are great.
Hello! If we hadn't already met, name is Patrick, and I am a transit operator from Baltimore Maryland. Transit has been great to me, and even though I’ve moved on to run Supir — I still get that itch to go drive a bus. But why? Well…..
I had been blessed to provide for my kids, travel, and even in a strange segment of my life start a professional wrestling company- all on the back of driving public transportation.
There are so…
With all the parameters in place, how are buses still jammed packed?
Social Distancing? Seat Closures? Essential Employees Only Destination Signs? Passenger Load Limits?
Yet this is the current reality for some
“It’s a closed tube with limited ventilation and little PPE….. a crowded bus is probably the last place I’d want to be right now”
With most Transit Agencies implementing a “no mask no ride” policy in the coming days, one can wonder will anything change?
As someone who’s driven big-city transit for nearly all of my adult life, I feel confident in telling you the straightforward and simple…
Over the last decade, I’ve been blessed with the very cool opportunity in my transit career to have been on all 4 sides of the “transit square”. (a self-made term I hope you like it)
I’ve been able to see, understand, and most importantly live out everyone’s challenges, and over time I began to see and realize that a lot of transit-related problems are directly coming from decision-makers being out of touch with the actual product.
I don’t believe the issue is industry-wide incompetence, nor do I think decision-makers don’t “care” I think they care a lot, its why they…
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