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

BUS MECHANICS GET THEIR TOOLS READY FOR DAY OF COMPETITION
 
Charlotte, N.C., April 7, 2010 - The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) has highly skilled mechanics that work 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week keeping over 300 buses on the road to get you to where you need to go safely and on time.  Join CATS on Saturday, April 10, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for the Bus Maintenance Rodeo to recognize the hard work these mechanics do every day.  Seven teams of mechanics will put their expertise to the test in an intense competition of speed and accuracy that will take place at the South Tryon Bus Facility, located at 3145 South Tryon Street.
 
Teams will be given seven minutes to locate and diagnose vehicle defects such as shifting issues and transmission problems.  They will also be given a written exam that tests their knowledge on how to properly care for and maintain transit buses.  The winner of the 2010 Bus Maintenance Roadeo will represent CATS at the International Bus Maintenance Roadeo in Memphis, Tennessee in May 2011.

The body shop competition this year consists of three teams that will be tested on their speed and precision in replacing the large, front windshield on a bus and assembling a paint gun, in addition to a written exam.
 
“CATS mechanics are responsible for making sure the fleet is in top shape daily to help keep running a safe and reliable transit system,” said Reggie Arrington, CATS’ Director of Maintenance. “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.”
 
To learn more about CATS and its services, visit www.ridetransit.org, or call 704- 336-RIDE (7433).