I want to be a bus driver when I grow up.

I always imagined that a bus driver doesn’t make that much money.  I assumed they were pulling in maybe 35 grand a year at most for driving that bus.  I had no freaking clue:

  • The top operator at the Port Authority grossed $90,762 in wages in 2005 — $41,725 of it in overtime — according to financial information released yesterday.
  • No. 2 on the list was Karen R. Wright, a bus operator since 1988, whose W-2 form showed $89,906 in wages, including $37,299 in overtime. She also was the second highest paid operator to appear in the PG’s last report, grossing $91,219 in 2003.
  • The highest paid operator from 2003, Charles W. Adams at $94,143, dropped to No. 5, with $52,535 in regular wages and $34,081 in overtime pay.
  • A total of 58 rank-and-file employees grossed more than $70,000 last year, most of them members of Local 85, Amalgamated Transit Union.
  • Another 229 union workers, most of them bus-trolley operators and route foremen, grossed between $60,000 and $70,000.

Man, what the hell are we encouraging the youth of this city to go to college for?  Drive a bus and make $70k a year with no education, student loans, or debt?  Sweet.

In all seriousness, I once asked my four-year-old nephew what he wanted to be when he grew up and he said, “Either a doctor or a bus driver.”  My God, the kid is a freakin’ genius!


  1. Woy
    October 16, 2006 11:04 am

    The Port Authority 250 is so much better than the Forbes 500.

  2. Matt H
    October 16, 2006 2:34 pm

    And to think there are openeing for bus operators too!

  3. Laura B
    October 17, 2006 11:35 am

    And remember when they were negotiating for raises???

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