Subway and Streetcar Operators operate subway or elevated suburban trains with no separate locomotive, or electric-powered streetcar, to transport passengers.
May handle fares.

RISK PROBABILITY BASED ON THE SEMINAL FREY AND OSBORNE STUDY

PROFESSIONAL GROUP CHARACTERISTICS AND SIMILAR OCCUPATIONS

Locomotive Engine Drivers and Related Workers

Locomotive engine drivers and related workers drive, or assist in driving, locomotive engines to transport passengers and freight; take charge of and safeguard railway freight trains during runs; control the movement of railway traffic by operating signals; switch rolling stock and make up trains in railway yards; make up trains for hauling in mines; and control their movement.

  • Locomotive Engine Drivers
  • Railway Brake, Signal and Switch Operators

Background Information

The number of subway systems with automated trains is growing steadily. There are more than 40 fully automated urban metro subway systems in the world.

Despite common psychological concerns, driverless metros are safer than traditional ones. None of them ever had a serious accident.

Intruder detection systems can be more effective than humans in stopping trains if someone is on the tracks. Financial savings in both energy and wear-and-tear costs because trains are driven to an optimum specification. Also, train turnover time at terminals can be extremely short.

CASE EXAMPLES

The Port Liner from Kobe Japan was the world’s first fully automated train line. The second in the world (and the first such driverless system in Europe) is the Lille Metro in northern France.

Some automated metro trains have drivers sitting in the front cabins for safety reasons or to address public concerns. One of those systems is in Barcelona (Line 2).

Despite proven safeness of automated systems, some passengers might still have safety concerns or be afraid of trains that seem to run by themselves (despite the fact that elevators are driverless for decades).

Metro in Santiago De Chile Rolling Stock drives more over one million potential network users, via 28 new stations, daily.

Categories: Skill Level 2