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.
They drive a more expensive car than you
You think your boss went wild when springing for his ergonomic standing/walking/running desk? Subway trains cost upwards of $1 million. That doesn’t include the irreplaceable cargo (aka you, special you).