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CATS’ LIGHT RAIL TEAMS SHINE IN THEIR DEBUT
AT THE 2012 INTERNATIONAL RAIL RODEO

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Charlotte, N.C., June 8, 2012 – Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) light rail maintainers and operators shined in their debut at the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) International Rail Rodeo. The 2012 International Rail Rodeo took place in Dallas, Texas where rail maintainers and operators competed against the best from transit organizations across the United States. The LYNX Blue Line traveled nearly 900,000 miles and transported close to five million riders in FY2011. The concerted efforts and combined scores landed CATS in fifth place overall for the competition.

Charles Truong and Patrick Mills, the CATS maintainer team, took fifth place out of 13 maintenance teams. Rail maintenance teams were tested in ten areas including electrical and mechanical knowledge, trouble shooting and diagnostic abilities and safety awareness and procedures.

Daryl Smith, representing the CATS operator team, placed sixth out of 12 transit property operator teams. These teams were tested on operating skills including knowledge of safety regulations, train equipment, wayside rules, regulations and procedures, as well as personal appearance and customer service.

CATS took first place in the Safety Test event. Teams visually identified unsafe situations and scenarios and answered questions related to safe work practices. Truong and Mills scored 93 out of 100.

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