Transit Planning
LYNX Blue Line Operators Hit the Tracks and Mechanics Grab Their Tools For A Rail Rodeo

Immediate Release - April 18

The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) light rail operators and mechanics are ready to demonstrate their skills and compete to be crowned champion in the Fourth Annual Light Rail Rodeo Saturday, April 21, at 9:00 a.m. The event will take place at the South Boulevard Light Rail Facility, located at 3200 South Boulevard.  CATS light rail operators and maintainers enjoy competing with their coworkers and showing family and friends the skills needed to keep the LYNX Blue Line running safely and on time every day. Operators are judged on a written test, professional appearance, pre-trip inspection, measured stops and operating procedures out on the rail line.

Light rail maintainers complete a written test and are evaluated in the following areas: tool identification, defective components search, circuit troubleshooting, mystery box, mechanical measuring, torque wrench, faster identification, safety wiring and wheel gauge. This year operators and maintainers are competing to represent CATS at the International Rail Rodeo in Dallas, Texas this June. The rodeo is a competitive test and measure of the operators’ and maintenance team’s knowledge of safety regulations and skill in the operation and maintenance of train equipment. 

“LYNX Blue Line success continued in FY2011, traveling nearly 900,000 miles and transporting close to five million riders,” said Rocky Paiano, CATS’ General Manager of Rail Operations. “Safety is the number one goal of our operations each day. The rodeo events focus on real, everyday situations that our transit professionals deal with while doing their jobs and provide participants the opportunity to demonstrate the skills they use to move our customers along the rail line safely and efficiently.” CATS’ light rail has maintained an on-time performance of 99 percent and continues to be one of the safest light rail systems in the country. 

To learn more about CATS and its services, visit www.ridetransit.org, or call 704-336-7433.