Bus

Philadelphia's SEPTA crowned Roadeo Grand Champion

Posted on May 8, 2014

Philadelphia’s Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) was crowned the Grand Champion for the second consecutive year at the 39th International Bus Roadeo, held in conjunction with APTA’s Bus & Paratransit Show in Kansas City, Mo., this week.

The Grand Champion Award recognizes the system with the highest combined bus operator and maintenance team score. The team from Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority of Clermont, Fla., (LYNX) took second place overall achievement honors, while the team from Oahu Transit Services Inc. (Honolulu) won third place overall achievement honors.

“I congratulate the competitors for an impressive display of skill in this year’s Bus Roadeo,” said APTA President/CEO Michael Melaniphy. “These drivers and maintenance professional are dedicated to ensure that buses are in top form and driven with care and precision. Thanks to all who competed and we appreciate their focus on keeping passengers safe throughout the year as buses ride through summer sun, winter snow, and spring showers.”

In the 40-foot bus competition, Gabe Fernds of Wash.-based Spokane Transit Authority was named best driver in North America, beating out 53 other competitors. Taking second place in the 40-foot bus competition was Daniel Schmidt of Richland, Wash.-based Ben Franklin Transit (BFT), with Kevin Grady of San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency taking third place.

In the 35-foot bus competition, BFT’s Gabe Beliz beat out 17 other competitors to take first place, with Julian Carranza Jr. of Texas’ Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority and David Hornbrook of Fort Worth Transportation Authority going home with second and third place, respectively.

Thirty-two teams competed in the Maintenance Competition, which tests mechanics’ abilities to troubleshoot mechanical problems and fix them quickly, with San Antonio’s VIA Metropolitan Transit taking first place, while the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Oahu Transit placed second and third, respectively.

The International Bus Roadeo is comprised of bus operators and mechanics from public transit systems across North America who participate in separate competitions, which showcase their skills in safe driving and vehicle maintenance.

The Operator Competition includes events such as judgment stops, turning and clearing obstacles. The Mechanic Competition requires skills in the identification of defects in engine, transmission, brake and HVAC modules. The pre-trip inspection for operators and multiplex troubleshooting for mechanics are incorporated as scored events.

In addition to recognizing excellence among bus operators and mechanics, APTA also crowned Kiunta Adamson of Ala.’s Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority as the first place winner of the Customer Service Challenge Awards, which judges professionalism, customer service skills and problem-solving creativity.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

BusCon '16 features more than 80 buses, debuts maintenance forum

This year's event definitely had something for everyone, including the most buses on one North American show floor, a closer look at issues set to impact transit maintenance professionals, an up-to-date look at electric buses and a the BusCon Connect hosted buyers program. 

Seattle taps CH2M to deliver BRT expansion program

This BRT program, which is part of the voter-approved Levy to Move Seattle, will provide high-quality transit throughout some of the densest areas of Seattle.

Hometown Trolley acquires Supreme Corp.'s American Trolley product line

The purchase furthers Hometown Trolley's overall strategic business model to become the leading trackless trolley bus manufacturer in the North American transit industry.

Volvo Buses unveils pedestrian and cyclist detection system

The system will be introduced on Volvo’s European city bus fleet in 2017.

Stertil-Koni introduces high-performance, low-capacity hydraulic vehicle lift

The company’s ST 1064 hydraulic mobile column lift has a capacity of 14,000 lbs. per column, or 56,000 lbs. for a set of four.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close