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Subway and Streetcar Operators - 53-4041.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Operate subway or elevated suburban trains with no separate locomotive, or electric-powered streetcar, to transport passengers. May handle fares.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Combined Rail Operator
  • Light Rail Operator
  • Light Rail Train Operator
  • Light Rail Vehicle Operator (LRV Operator)
  • Rail Operator
  • Rapid Transit Operator (RTO)
  • Streetcar Operator
  • Train Operator
  • Transit Operator
  • Trolley Operator

SOC Occupation Groups

53-0000 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations
53-4000 Rail Transportation Workers
53-4040 Subway and Streetcar Operators
53-4041.00 Subway and Streetcar Operators

Related Occupations


  • Attend meetings on driver and passenger safety to learn ways in which job performance might be affected.
  • Collect fares from passengers, and issue change and transfers.
  • Complete reports, including shift summaries and incident or accident reports.
  • Direct emergency evacuation procedures.
  • Drive and control rail-guided public transportation, such as subways, elevated trains, and electric-powered streetcars, trams, or trolleys, to transport passengers.
  • Greet passengers, provide information, and answer questions concerning fares, schedules, transfers, and routings.
  • Make announcements to passengers, such as notifications of upcoming stops or schedule delays.
  • Monitor lights indicating obstructions or other trains ahead and watch for car and truck traffic at crossings to stay alert to potential hazards.
  • Operate controls to open and close transit vehicle doors.
  • Record transactions and coin receptor readings to verify the amount of money collected.
  • Regulate vehicle speed and the time spent at each stop to maintain schedules.
  • Report delays, mechanical problems, and emergencies to supervisors or dispatchers, using radios.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Collect fares or payment from customers.
  • Direct emergency management activities.
  • Drive passenger vehicles.
  • Maintain professional knowledge or certifications.
  • Monitor surroundings to detect potential hazards.
  • Monitor traffic signals.
  • Monitor vehicle movement or location.
  • Notify others of emergencies, problems, or hazards.
  • Prepare accident or incident reports.
  • Provide transportation information to passengers or customers.
  • Record operational details of travel.
  • Record sales or transactions data.
  • Report vehicle or equipment malfunctions.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Cavalry Scout (Army - Enlisted)
  • Railway Specialist (USAR only) (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Motor Operator
  • Streetcar Operator