Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Job Specification




Pay Grade
Job Summary

Supervises, coordinates, monitors, and ensures that day-to-day rail transit operations’ service delivery requirements are met safely and efficiently.

Duties and Responsibilities

Incumbents perform a combination of the following job duties depending on assignment:

  • Assigns work runs and documents daily activities and pay time of Train Operators, including general payroll activities (i.e., contractual pay entitlements, sick pay, and various adjustments) and verifies accuracy of data/information

  • Provides training and/or certification to Transportation personnel and fosters other employees in the operation and safety of trains and other rail vehicles

  • Observes station conditions and attempts to correct any conditions that may interfere with the efficient flow of customer traffic

  • Investigates rail accidents and incidents and records pertinent data on incident reports

  • Operates Rail Control Center equipment to monitor and direct the movement of trains on the lines and resolves operational problems through Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems

  • Directs Train Operators during emergencies, equipment breakdowns, and service delays

  • Coordinates with emergency response agencies/teams during accidents; conducts interviews with Operators and witnesses and documents accident reports

  • Represents the department and organization with outside agencies to provide quality rail service

  • Counsels Train Operators and prepares written documents concerning Operator performance

  • Communicates and interacts with management, police and fire personnel, municipal departments, and the general public

  • Performs various administrative and public relations assignments

  • Supervises subordinates

  • Contributes to ensuring that the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies and programs of Metro are carried out

  • Coordinates and dispatches all rail operator assignments for revenue service, special events, and emergency responses

  • Maintains and optimizes rail service reliability and on-time performance, during normal service, planned special events and emergency operations, by responding and implementing failure management

  • Prioritizes reported problems in order of importance and severity and formulates, coordinates, and directs the appropriate course of remedial action

  • Responds to requests for assistance for disabled patrons and ensures transportation service in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

  • Performs customer and public relations duties

  • Operates non-revenue vehicles when patrolling assigned geographical areas to monitor and supervise Train Operators in the performance of their duties

  • Operates revenue vehicles in the yard, streets, highways, and during emergency situations

  • Cites Operators for rule and standard operating procedure violations

  • Counsels Train Operators and prepares written documents concerning Operators’ performance

  • Trains personnel and enforces compliance with Metro policies, rules, and standard operating procedures, municipal, state, and federal rules and regulations pertaining to the legal and safe operation of revenue equipment

  • Develops detailed technical training and testing materials, lesson plans and training schedules using guidelines and requirements set forth by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

  • Certifies training of operating personnel to ensure compliance with CPUC and FTA regulations

  • Provides direction to internal and external staff

  • Communicates and implements safety rules, policies, and procedures in support of the agency's safety vision and goals; and maintains accountability for the safety performance of all assigned employees

May be required to perform other related job duties

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of (defined as a learned body of information that is required for and applied in the performance of job tasks)

  • Theories, principles, and practices of public transit rail operations

  • Rail system operating lines, routes, and fares

  • Transportation Department operating policies, procedures, and rules

  • Applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations governing public transit rail systems

  • Federal Communications Commission and California Vehicle Code regulations

  • Operations of computerized communications systems

  • Principles of supervision

  • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems


Skill in (defined as the proficient manual, verbal, or mental utilization of data, people, or things)

  • Planning, organizing, and monitoring the work of rail operations

  • Exercising sound judgment and creativity in making conclusions and recommendations

  • Communicating effectively orally and in writing

  • Interacting professionally with various levels of Metro employees and outside representatives

  • Supervising subordinates

  • Applicable business software applications


Ability to (defined as a present competence to perform an observable behavior or produce an observable result)

  • Obtain and maintain certification for operating light or heavy rail trains

  • Operate radio communication systems, i.e., voice, radio, and computer-aided dispatch equipment

  • Understand, interpret, and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, contracts, budgets, and labor/management agreements

  • Operate a train, both light and heavy rail, for proficiency and training purposes and to transport passengers during emergencies, work stoppages, or as required 

  • Supervises pre-pull out inspections of trains and track areas, as required

  • Travel to offsite locations within a reasonable timeframe

  • Read, write, speak, and understand English

Minimum Qualifications

A combination of education and/or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position.  Additional experience, as outlined below, may be substituted for required education on a year-for-year basis.  A typical combination includes:


  • None Required; Associate’s degree in a related field preferred


  • Three years of relevant experience as a Bus or Train Operator with a minimum of one year of relevant experience working as current full-time Metro Train Operator with an exemplary service record or three consecutive years of recent experience controlling the operation and/or movement of trains within the last five years

Certifications/Licenses/Special Requirements

  • Must possess or be able to obtain a valid California Class BP Commercial Driver License with a passenger endorsement, Verification of Transit Training Certificate, and Medical Examiner’s Certificate

  • Must successfully complete the Metro Rail Transit Operations Supervisor Certification Course during the probationary period

  • May be required to work irregular hours, nights, and weekends when necessary, and respond to emergencies on a 7-days a week, 24-hour basis

  • Must have normal color vision

  • Positions in this job classification are considered safety-sensitive and subject to drug and alcohol testing, including random testing, under Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulations


Special Conditions

The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Metro provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Working Conditions

  • Typical office situation

  • Close exposure to computer monitors and video screen

  • High noise environment

  • Work on elevated surfaces or below ground level

  • Work on slippery or uneven surfaces

  • Work in darkness or with poor lighting

  • Exposure to moving machinery and/or vehicles

  • Exposure to radiant or electrical energy (e.g., ionizing radiation, overhead catenary or contact rail power distribution, etc.)

  • Exposure to outdoor weather including extreme heat, cold, dampness and/or humidity

  • Extensive safety training and/or use of protective devices and personal protective gear

  • Work irregular hours, split shifts, weekends, holidays, or 24-hour-a-day on-call assignments

  • Work after designated regular hours in case of special assignments or emergencies

Physical Effort Required

  • Sitting at a desk or table

  • Operate a telephone or other telecommunications device and communicate through the medium

  • Type and use a keyboard and mouse to perform necessary computer-based functions

  • Standing

  • Walking (distance 5’ to 100’)

  • Crawling, crouching, squatting, stooping and/or kneeling

  • Bending or twisting at the neck, waist and/or knees

  • Intermittently sitting, standing, stooping

  • Pushing and/or pulling

  • Light lifting or carrying 25 lbs. or less

  • Moderate lifting or carrying 26-50 lbs.

  • Heavy lifting or carrying 51 lbs. or more with assistance

  • Climbing (e.g., ladders, scaffolds, stairs, poles, into vehicles, etc.)

  • Balancing to prevent falling or erratic movement

  • Driving and/or operating heavy equipment

  • Handling by seizing, holding, grasping, or turning hands, but without finger dexterity

  • Reaching by extending hand(s) and/or arm(s) in any direction

  • Using equipment requiring high hand and finger dexterity

  • Communicating through speech in the English language required

  • Good distance vision and/or depth perception to judge distances

  • Color recognition (e.g., distinguishing wires, resistors, containers, light signals, etc.)



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This job specification is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.