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IMMEDIATE RELEASE           
Contact: Judy Dellert-O’Keef, 704-432-0477

BUS MECHANICS DEMONSTRATE THEIR SKILLS DURING A DAY OF COMPETITION

Charlotte, N.C., March 30, 2011  - Employees of the Charlotte Area Transit System’s (CATS) Bus Operation Division (BOD) are ready to put their skills to the test for the Sixth Annual CATS Bus Maintenance Roadeo on Saturday, April 2, from 8 a.m. to noon. The event will take place at the South Tryon Bus Facility, located at 3145 South Tryon Street.
 
Five CATS BOD teams of mechanics will be joined by a team from Raleigh and a team from Chapel Hill to put their expertise to the test in an intense competition. Teams are judged on speed and accuracy as they search for vehicle defects such as shifting issues and transmission problems. Each team will have seven minutes to locate and diagnose each defect. Teams will also take a written exam testing their knowledge of proper care of transit buses. The winning team will advance to the 2012 International Bus Maintenance Roadeo competition in Long Beach, California where they will compete against other transit agencies from across the country.
 
“CATS has highly skilled mechanics that work 24/7 keeping 323 buses on the road to get you to where you need to go safely and on time,” said Reggie Arrington, CATS’ Director of Maintenance. “The Maintenance Roadeo gives employees a chance to demonstrate their exceptional skills and knowledge that kept CATS’ buses running for more than 12.8 million miles last fiscal year.” Maintenance employees undergo intense training on a regular basis and perform extensive inspections of our vehicles’ tires, engines, brakes and other key parts before the buses hit the streets.

*Media wishing to attend the event should park in the visitor area of the parking deck and make their way to the bus entrance of the South Tryon Bus Facility to check in with security. A CATS representative will escort you to the contest location.
 
To learn more about CATS and its services, visit www.ridetransit.org, or call 704-336-7433.