They keep you on time... we promise
The subway runs on an actual, definitely real schedule. To this you say HUH?? But it's true! Look here. Train operators are tasked with keeping the system on schedule so that delays and close, unwanted contact with strangers can be avoided. Next time you think “I'll throw my arm into these closing doors. What’s one more person?!” remember that you are causing the delays, not the train operator.
A small mistake for you in your car is life-threatening for a subway driver
When you run a red light with that Zipcar for your totes-sick-Hamptons-trip-brah you cower behind the wheel and hope there isn’t a Big Brother-y ticket system to nail you. If a train operator misses a light, even after a quick signal change, they need to be ready to explain the blunder. Mistakes happen, but their mistakes are amplified, as they could cause delays and potentially cost lives. In many ways, operators are only as good as their last ride and they have to be sharp the entire shift. You probably understand the challenges of focusing an entire workday as you read this from your cubicle, surrounded by empty cups of bad coffee.