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Transdev Transportation Specialist (Streetcar) in Detroit, Michigan


Transdev is the largest private sector operator of multiple modes of passenger transit in North America, providing bus, rail, paratransit, shuttle, sedan and taxi services. We manage over 200 transportation contracts for cities, transit authorities and airports, providing safe and sustainable mobility solutions. Our mission is to improve public transportation, to enhance quality of life and combat global warming. The Transportation Specialist is responsible for monitoring all streetcar traffic along the alignment and is responsible for a variety of reporting duties related to situations that may impact passenger service and the functionality of platforms. Dispatches day-to-day Streetcar vehicle operations for Cincinnati Bell Connector, Cincinnati Streetcar by initiating and responding to radio calls to and from Streetcar operators, Supervisors, Managers and Maintenance personnel.


  • Schedules and dispatches streetcar operators

  • Monitors and controls traffic flow to accomplish on time headways

  • Monitor platform screens and follow reporting protocols

  • Assist with flagging streetcars

  • Accurately records and maintains events and activities in appropriated systems.

  • Notifies appropriate upper level managerial personnel regarding operational problems

  • Follows all safety policies and procedures and reports health and safety concerns in a timely manner

  • Performs multiple tasks simultaneously, takes appropriate action when presented with a stressful (life/death) situation and remains calm under all circumstances.

  • Answers multiple telephone lines, handles all emergency calls within the Cincinnati Bell Connector, Cincinnati Streetcar, contacts or transfers calls to appropriate agencies, handles other calls appropriately and updates call lists.

  • Communicates effectively and coherently over Cincinnati Streetcar radio channels and telephones, initiates and responds to calls, initiates notifications for collisions or other emergency occurrences, notifies others as requested, such as other City of Cincinnati Departments, wreckers, cabs and utilities, when services are requested/required.

  • May be required to contact various utility companies to resolve or report problems, such as gas detection, power failures, tree falling, and may be required to make emergency contact with law enforcement for callers in distress.

  • Initiates collision reporting and provides information for accident investigations when required.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Education, Licensing, and Certifications :

  • High school diploma or GED.

  • No more than three (3) moving violations in the past three (3) years

Experience :

  • At least one year of related work experience in dispatch or customer service required; preferably in a transit, transportation or logistics environment.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and other Requirements:

  • Thorough knowledge of principles and practices of work execution within general area of assignment

  • Thorough knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions and procedures

  • Dependability

  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with staff

  • Thorough knowledge of the geography of the service area

  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing

  • Computer skills or aptitude for acquiring computer skills in word processing, spreadsheet, and database programs; know how to operate standard office equipment, two-way radios, fleet vehicles and other related shop equipment; familiarity with Maintenance Management Systems would be beneficial

  • Must be able to work amid constant interruptions, prioritize and deal with time pressured deadlines and can clearly communicate during such occasions

  • Must be autonomous, self-directed and possess the ability to handle crisis and conflict situations

Pre-Employment Requirements:

  • Must submit and successfully pass drug testing, criminal background check and verification of previous employment

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to pass periodical random drug/alcohol screens as this is a safety sensitive position

  • Must be able to work shifts or flexible work schedules, including weekends as needed

  • This position requires the wearing of a uniform

  • Work is performed both indoors and outdoors in all types of conditions (e.g. weather, rain, dust, noise, heat, cold, etc.)

  • Job requires sitting, standing, bending, stooping, kneeling and walking throughout the shift

  • Must handle parts and equipment ranging from 10 to 50 lbs.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions upon request.

Transdev is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic data, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or other legally protected status, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

EEO is the Law Poster:

Drug free workplace

If based in the United States, applicants must be eligible to work in US without restrictions for any employer at any time; be able to pass a drug screen and background check

Requisition ID 2018-8634

Internal Code #TNA

Internal Reference 285

Internal Code 3 Ind1

Company/Division Transdev Services