Roadeo Lassos Brevard County’s Top Bus Drivers Into State-Wide Competition

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Space Coast Area Transit recently held its annual Bus Roadeo, showcases excellence of bus operators

Space Coast Area Transit recently held its annual Bus Roadeo which showcases the excellence and professionalism of Brevard County’s bus operators and salutes the men and women who are the heart of the transit system.

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Space Coast Area Transit recently held its annual Bus Roadeo which showcases the excellence and professionalism of Brevard County’s bus operators and salutes the men and women who are the heart of the transit system.

The event featured a specialized training course with drivers who vie in separate competitions involving tests of skill and safety.

“Through camaraderie, sportsmanship and pride of work, Space Coast Area Transit stands as a symbol of the important role bus operator’s play in providing transit’s customers with safe, reliable, service,” said Joe Chagnon, Space Coast Area Transit’s Safety and Training Coordinator.

With a seven-minute time limit to complete the complicated course, each bus operator is scored individually on both driving ability and completion time.

“Through camaraderie, sportsmanship and pride of work, Space Coast Area Transit stands as a symbol of the important role bus operator’s play in providing transit’s customers with safe, reliable, service,” said Joe Chagnon, Space Coast Area Transit’s Safety and Training Coordinator. (SCAT image)

Some of the technical skills performed include challenges such as serpentining an obstacle course while avoiding contact with tennis balls, barrels, and curbs; navigating tight 90 degree turns with vehicles that range up to 40 feet in length; backing into narrow lanes while stopping within inches of cones placed behind the vehicle and many more.

Jim Hough won the big bus division and second and third place was awarded to Donna Bartsch and Joseph Genovese respectively.

Wilson Soto won the small bus division, followed by runner-up Ron Shepard and third place winner Ann Bernick.

The winners will represent the Space Coast at a state-wide roadeo in Jacksonville, Florida, sponsored by the Florida Public Transit Association.

For Space Coast Area Transit maps and schedules, log on to 321Transit.com or download the 321Transit app at the Apple App store, or on Google Play. For personalized trip planning, call the RideLine at 321-633-1878.

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