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IMMEDIATE RELEASE      
Contact: Judy Dellert-O'Keef (704) 432-0477
 
CATS ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF ANNUAL BUS ROADEO

 
Charlotte, N.C., April 17, 2010 - The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is pleased to announce the top Bus Operators from this weekend's local Bus Roadeo.  The winners will advance to the State Bus Roadeo competition. 
 
Lonny Earnhardt took top honors in the Bus Operations Division (BOD) Roadeo Competition for 2010.  Second place went to James Wimbish and third place to Carmen Aleman.  Earnhardt, Wimbish and Aleman will compete in the North Carolina State Bus Roadeo competition in Wilmington.
 
In the Special Transportation Service (STS) Roadeo Competition, bus operator Linville Plexico placed first, with Henry Minnett and Wiley Johnson taking second and third.   All three will also advance to the state competition in Wilmington.

This year 21 BOD STS operators took part in the competition on Saturday, April 17.  The "Roadeo" gave bus operators the chance to test their driving and safety skills. Drivers had to navigate the bus through an obstacle course in a safe and timely manner.  The course consisted of different driving elements including passenger stops, serpentine turns and backing maneuvers.  They also were judged on their professional appearance, pre-trip inspection and a written safety test.

To learn more about CATS and its services, please call 704-336-RIDE (7433) or visit us on the web at www.ridetransit.org.