Train Conductor in New York

Here is what you need to know in order to become a train conductor in state of New York.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) of New York City Transit is the largest public transportation agency in North America. The system’s 6,300 subway trains operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

New York is the state with the highest employment level in this occupation, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Applicants for train conductor in New York must fulfill the following requirements:

  • have a minimum high school diploma or equivalent by the time of appointment
  • pass medical and drug screens
  • be able to communicate fluently in English
  • show proof of identity and the right to work in the U.S (New York City residency is not required)

According to the Empire Center for New York State Policy, New York City train conductors earn an average $26.58 per hour, or $62,601 annually. Employees can have variable hours as well as overtime pay.

If you meet the requirements above, here is the next step:

  • pass a multiple-choice test with at least 70 percent correct answers (The exam covers how well you can understand and apply written and verbal instructions, tests your perspicacity and how you respond during emergency or other types of stressful situations. The test covers how well you can interact with the public,if you are familiar with New York City locations and if you can understand military time)
  • complete an application with and pay a filing fee to the Department of Citywide Administrative Services before you can take the written exam.
  • After passing the written exam, your
  • name is put on a list of applicants eligible to work as a conductor.