Michigan public transit drivers to compete in 43rd Annual Small Bus Roadeo

Contact: Michael Frezell, MDOT Office of Communications, FrezellM@Michigan.gov, 517-281-6519
Agency: Transportation

WHAT:
The 43rd 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, assist 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 while ensuring passenger safety.

WHO:
Approximately 40 bus drivers representing 18 transit agencies
Michigan Association of Transportation Systems (MASSTrans)
Michigan Public Transit Association (MPTA)
Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)
Corporate sponsors
Media
Public

WHEN:
Saturday, April 13, 2019
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (approximately)

WHERE:
Michigan State Police
Precision Driving Facility
7146 N. Canal Road
Lansing

BACKGROUND:
Members of law enforcement, transit agency managers, MDOT staff, and other volunteers will serve as judges. Winners will be announced at a dinner on April 13. The top six winners will represent Michigan by competing in the National Bus Roadeos held at the Community Transportation Association of America's (CTAA) annual expos. First, third, and fifth place winners will compete in the 2019 CTAA Roadeo in Palm Springs, Calif., while second, fourth, and sixth place winners will compete in the 2020 CTAA Roadeo in Louisville, Ky.

EVENT CONTACT:
Contact Carrie Thompson, Cadillac/Wexford Transit Authority, at 231-942-7801 or carrie@wexexpress.us.