Single Status Update
I am not even a B/O yet, I am on the 8006 list, my list number(#706) will be called hopefully in a few months. I have been warned by several B/O's on here about what to expect but I am up for the challenge.
The job that sounds good is the console dispatcher, they stay inside a warm or cool office and do what they have to do. Some SLD's have their own cars, nextels and portable radios(which is what I hear at home). Nextels are private, no scanner can pick up that.
DevilBus65 who works overnights for MTA Bus once told me that very few dispatchers retired last year. Sounds to me that your list will expire in 2012, maybe in 2013. I think you have a shot because some people ahead of you might not be qualified for whatever reason. S.I, which will be getting 2 new depots, that right there should create a lot of dispatcher openings.