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SEPTA Wins Grand Champion Award in Bus Roadeo

If driving a bus full of passengers while keeping track of increasingly congested streets, watching out for distracted pedestrians and drivers, and maintaining a calm, pleasant, and customer-friendly demeanor was an Olympic event, APTA members would win the Gold every day.

Instead, the best of the best compete at the annual International Bus Roadeo, a three-day event designed to test participants’ skills in driving and vehicle maintenance capped off by an awards banquet during the Bus & Paratransit Conference. This year’s competition also included six training workshops exclusively for roadeo participants.

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) hosted the event.

This year’s roadeo, with 72 bus operators and 32 maintenance teams from 69 agencies, was sponsored by several APTA members and partners: Allison Transmission Inc., AxleTech International, Bendix, Cummins Inc., Easter Seals Project ACTION,  Fraser Gauge, GannonConsult, Gillig LLC, Haldex Brake Products Corp., Motor Coach Industries, New Flyer, Nova Bus, Thermo King Corp., Trackit LLC, Vapor Bus International, Veolia Transportation, and Voith Turbo Inc.

The top winners are featured below.

Philadelphia's Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) won the Grand Champion Award for the highest combined score. This is the second consecutive year SEPTA has won top honors.

The first place maintenance team is from VIA Metropolitan Transit, San Antonio, TX.

The first place operator, 40-foot bus, is Gabe Fernós of Spokane Transit Authority, Spokane, WA.

The first place operator, 35-foot bus, is Gabe Beliz of Ben Franklin Transit, Richland, WA.

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