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Operators, Maintainers Compete in Rail Rodeo; WMATA Takes Team Achievement Award

The best of the best in passenger and commuter rail participated in the 2014 APTA International Rail Rodeo, June 12-15, immediately before the Rail Conference in Montréal. The competition for train operators and maintenance personnel tested their knowledge in several areas, provided opportunities to share and network, exposed them to the unique history of Montréal’s transit system, and celebrated their commitment to excellence at an awards banquet.

The rodeo showcases competitors’ professional skills in separate competitions for train operator and maintainer teams. The operators’ competition measures professional skills including train operation, knowledge of safety regulations, train equipment, and track right-of-way rules and procedures. The maintainers’ competition judges the ability to troubleshoot maintenance problems. The competition was held at the Société de transport de Montréal’s (STM) ­Youville Shop Facility. STM was one of the Rail Conference’s host agencies.

“Our rail operators and maintainers work day in and day out to make sure that America’s fleet of trains is well maintained and that customers are provided safe and courteous service,” said APTA President & CEO Michael ­Melaniphy. “I applaud all of this year’s winners for being the very best of the best.”

This year’s rodeo, with 15 operator teams and 18 maintainer teams, was sponsored by Alstom, Educational Data Systems Inc. (EDSI), Era-Contact USA, Knorr Brake Corp., Penn Machine Co., Wabtec/Wabco Inc., Whiting, and ZF Industries.

To see the top three winners, click here. Other winners follow:

EDSI Written Test: Bay Area Rapid Transit, Oakland, CA
EDSI Safety Test: Bay Area Rapid Transit
Whiting Mechanical Measuring: Bay Area Rapid Transit
Alstom Dexterity Plate: Sacramento Regional Transit District
Penn Machine Wheel Gauge Event; Maryland Transit Administration
Wabtec Pneumatic Event: Regional Transportation District, Denver
Knorr IFE Doors Event: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
ZF Industries ZF Gearbox: Sacramento Regional Transit District
Third Place Maintainer Team: Regional Transportation District, Denver
Second Place Maintainer Team: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia
Operator Personal Appearance: Hampton Roads Transit, Norfolk, VA
Operator Safety Test: Sound Transit Central Link, Seattle/Tacoma
Operator Train Inspection: Metro Transit, St. Louis
Customer Service Challenge:  Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston
Operating Course: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Third Place Operators: Metro Transit, St. Louis
Second Place Operators: Los Angeles County Metropolitan ­Transportation Authority 

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