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TheAverageGuy

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  1. Just like everyone else has said in this forum, do exactly what they teach you, ask questions if you’re not sure and they will teach you everything you need to pass.
  2. Enjoy it buddy, streetcar guys have it super chill, most chilled of of the 4 modes except maybe wheeltrans, that and streetcar are a toss up
  3. Uniforms (depending on size and availability) won’t be issued until the end or near the end of training. Most of the uniform (because of sizes) will come few weeks to months after you start working, until then you wear whatever you have received (likely you will receive a few shirts, sweater, hats and scarves in the beginning) and whatever you haven’t received you can supplement with your own, for example winter coat or pants, these take some time for some people so until you receive them you can wear your own. Black slacks are fine, doesn’t need to be formal dress pants, basically you cant wear cargo pants or jeans. slacks or dress pants are fine, they don’t even need to be black or blue, you can wear any color.
  4. Congrats. Tip: do exactly what the instrctors tell you and you will pass, they don’t want you to fail and always remember saftey is priority over everything else. During your probation, follow ALL the rules and what you were taught in training regardless of what you see other operators doing, many of them have bad habits bit just ignore them and do as you were taught
  5. Depending on your division and what routes they have, but there are plenty of night buses, usually starting between 7-10pm and finishing between 4-6 am, shouldnt be too difficult to get as most people don’t want them, however some people do specifically sign only night buses by choice some due to preference of driving nights some due to their family schedule etc
  6. I had a social life on Thursday and Fridays, helping people pack their camping gear and plan their weekend ventures just before heading off to bef Friday night for next day’s work..... until last week i found out without any prior notice my ‘social life’ was forcibly changed to Wed/Thur
  7. YIPEEE.... we’ll be in 5th selection in no time. Lol. Been lucky, haven’t done a single night bus since I started, had a few late reliefs but that seems to have passed too now
  8. Yes, black (usually dress shoes cause they will go with your professional attite) but you could wear any black polishable shoes/boots
  9. I’ll second that. I just had day 16 yesterday, and was surprised at how over rated it is, it’s much easier than you expect and the trainers have trained you and taken you on much more diffuclt routes during your training so if you made it this far you have no reason not to pass. Just be sure to assess each turn even thou they may appear easy to do as a standard but if it’s supposed to be an alternate take it as such to show you understand how to assess a turn.
  10. @leylandvictory2 I haven’t had any interactions with the clerks yet (still in training, I was assigned to Eglinton however) but I found most of the guys who work there to be rather welcoming and friendly, in comparison to like queensway or malvern, those on the other hand didn’t seem too friendly of a bunch. what route do you typically drive? I know probably close to 15-20 people training for Eglinton, maybe more that I don’t know of. Any idea what kind of work will be available to us to start? I know you mentioned late relief/night bus, would that apply to us new guys at Eglinton as well?
  11. Just gonna ask the question...... April 30th interviews, anyone heard back yet? lol
  12. I heard of this while at hillcrest today, it’s true that some of the people invited for information sessions are being interviewed on the spot (if successful in the tests). This eliminates a lot of the waiting and fast tracks the hiring process in order to hire few hundred extra operators to meet demands. I heard they need close to 1000 new operators this year, rather than the 600 or so they initially planned on hiring They do a good job in training and teaching you, you don’t necessarily need previous commercial vehicle driving experience in order to succeed. Per the management, they have a 80% pass rate compared to MTO which has a 70% rate, they are investing a lot of time and money in training you and want you to pass
  13. I don’t believe its needles. I’m pretty sure its urine test but I could be wrong. Completely random, computer generates badge numbers and whomever’s badge is selected is tested (you can be tested several times, or not tested for a long time). If you’re involved in a collision you’re sent for testing, if a supervisor or wicket clerk suspects drug/alcohol impairment you can be sent then too. In terms of when, it’s also random, you may be told to do so before you take your bus out for your shift, or called sometime during your shift telling you to pull over and have a relief driver takerover while your tested etc. Best to avoid any sort of impairment prior to work and if you’re unfit for duty then report it rather than being caught including perscription medications too so if you’re tested and come back for a controlled substance (ei. prescription painkillers) atleast it’s reported before hand
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