April 4, 2014
CATS MECHANICS PUT THEIR TOOLS TO THE TEST
Charlotte, N.C. ─ Every day over 60,000 riders get on Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) buses, making it safely to their next destination. Behind the scenes of this smooth ride is a team of 140 bus mechanics keeping your ride moving.
Join CATS on Saturday, April 5, from 8 a.m. to noon, as six teams of maintenance staff compete against each other in an intense, timed competition. The event will take place at the South Tryon Bus Facility, located at 3145 South Tryon Street. 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 2014 International Bus Maintenance Roadeo competition in Kansas City, Missouri, where they will compete against other transit agencies from across the country in May.
“CATS has highly skilled mechanics that work 24/7 keeping our 325 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 15 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.