A passenger transport manager plans, coordinates and manages passenger transport operations which covers bus, train, tram, air, ship and ferry services.
The job varies depending on the nature of the transport system and the size and type of employer. Passenger transport managers however, tend be involved in the finances and budget of the transport services, marketing and PR, strategic development and planning, and people management. They need to make sure a quality service is provided at the right price.
Job titles vary and the word 'passenger' will not necessarily appear in job advertisements. Alternative titles include transport manager, operations/operating manager, depot manager and customer services manager, depending on the focus of the role.
Typical work activities
Specific tasks vary depending on the level of the role. Those in junior posts are involved in customer contact and routine staff supervisions. While someone in a senior position takes on more strategic planning and project management work.
In general, common tasks carried out by a passenger transport manager include:
- making sure the transport operation meets its performance and safety targets, monitoring it and reporting to senior management;
- writing clear reports and presenting options and recommendations to clients and senior management;
- advising on policy and strategic developments and examining business decisions (pricing policy, level of service provision, timetable changes) to assess their impact on passengers;
- ensuring that all operations are carried out in accordance with UK and European Union laws and regulations, particularly relating to health and safety;
- managing and supervising staff, organising work shift rotas and coordinating staff training;
- negotiating and managing contracts and developing new business opportunities whenever possible;
- minimising disruption and resolving any unscheduled delays, having to make decisions in difficult situations;
- meeting passengers and customers to deal with complaints and areas of concern;
- analysing results of surveys on passenger/customer satisfaction and starting new projects to improve performance;
- making sure that transport services are available to all through social inclusion initiatives;
- marketing passenger services to encourage greater passenger use of particular routes and methods of transport;
- liaising and negotiating with different stakeholders including planning and highways authorities, residents, councillors/politicians, developers and transport providers;
- identifying existing and possible future transport problems, developing transport models and investigating the feasibility of alternative means of transport;
- liaising with passenger watchdogs and other professional bodies;
- using IT systems for tasks such as timetabling and managing usage flows.