Michigan Public Transit Drivers To Compete in 38th Annual Small Bus Roadeo

WHAT:
The 38th Annual Michigan Small Bus Roadeo is a statewide bus operators’ skills test competition and training event to determine the best small bus public transit drivers in Michigan. Competitors must take a written test, navigate an obstacle course, board a passenger using a wheelchair and conduct a vehicle safety inspection at the event. The Roadeo reinforces safe driving habits and professionalism behind the wheel, ensuring passenger safety.

WHO:
Approximately 45 bus drivers, representing 17 transit agencies
Representatives of the event’s corporate sponsors
Michigan Public Transit Association (MPTA)
Michigan Association of Transportation Systems (MASSTrans)
Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)
Law enforcement personnel and transit agency managers serving as judges

WHEN:
Friday, July 19, 2013
8 to 11 a.m.

WHERE:
Central Michigan University Stadium parking lot
Mt. Pleasant

Special accommodations: 989-772-9441

BACKGROUND:
Winners will be announced at a noon luncheon at the Mt. Pleasant Comfort Inn and Suites Hotel and Conference Center, 2424 South Mission St., following the competition.

The top three winners in the individual competition are eligible to compete in the national competition next spring at the Community Transportation Association of America’s National Bus Roadeo held during its annual Expo.

The event is sponsored by:
The Isabella County Transportation Commission
MDOT
MASSTrans
MPTA
Mobility Transportation Services
The Braun Corp.
American Cooling Technologies
ACC Climate Control
Freedman Seating
Champion Bus
Main Fare Box
Q’Straint, Inc.
Capital City Bus/International Corp.
Midwest Transit Equipment/Supreme,
Hoekstra Transportation/El Dorado National
Holland Bus/Arboc Mobility
Thermo King Michigan
Mt. Pleasant/Alma Tire
Roush Clean Tech

Gov. Rick Snyder has proclaimed July 19, 2013, as Public Transit Bus Driver Day in the state of Michigan.

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