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IMMEDIATE RELEASE            

Contact: Jean Leier (704) 432-0496

CATS ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF LIGHT RAIL RODEO

Charlotte, N.C., April 24, 2010 - Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is pleased to announce the winners of its Second Annual Light Rail Roadeo.  The Roadeo took place on Saturday, April 24, at the South Boulevard Light Rail Facility located at 3200 South Boulevard. The Roadeo 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 Lonnie Gregory.  Second place went to Florence Howard with Fred Sader 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 Charles Truong.  Second and third place winners were Patrick Mills and Carlos Castro 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-RIDE (7433).