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IMMEDIATE RELEASE            
Contact: Jean Leier (704) 432-0496

CATS ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF LIGHT RAIL RODEO

Charlotte, N.C., April 11, 2011 -  Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is pleased to announce the winners of its Third Annual Light Rail Rodeo.  The Rodeo took place on Saturday, April 9, at the South Boulevard Light Rail Facility located at 3200 South Boulevard. The Rodeo gave rail operators and mechanics a chance to demonstrate the skills they use each day on the LYNX Blue Line.
 
The first place winner in the light rail operator competition was Metro Coston.  Second place went to Harry Ruiz with Florence Howard taking third.  The light rail operators were judged on a written test, professional appearance, pre-trip inspection, measured stops and operating procedures out on the rail line.
 
Top honors in the rail maintenance competition went to Patrick Mills.  Second and third place winners were Robert Hudgins and Sammie Allen respectively.  Rail mechanics underwent a written test, tool identification, defective components search, circuit troubleshooting and a series of tests with torque wrenches.
 
To learn more about CATS and its services, visit www.ridetransit.org, or call 704-336-7433.