Statewide Bus Roadeo to be held in Austin – Austin Daily Herald

The Minnesota Public Transit Association (MPTA) has announced that the 35th Annual Minnesota State Bus Roadeo will be held July 15-16 in Austin.

The event is organized locally by SMART Transit.

Bus Roadeo provides safety training to bus drivers as part of a friendly competition. Operators are challenged to complete challenging driving tasks around a course and judges are set up along the course to rate operators based on how well they complete each task and how long it took to the operator to run the entire route.

Operators must also carry out wheelchair attachment tests and attend a training program during the lunch hour on Saturday.

Once all operators complete and complete the training, the scores are tallied and the winners are announced at the July 16 Saturday evening banquet dinner, which will be held at the Holiday Inn Austin Conference Center in Austin.

“We are so excited to showcase our city with all of the competitors and volunteers who will be coming to Austin,” said Kirk Kuchera, director of SMART Transit. “We also appreciate the support we have received from local businesses and partners such as Hormel Foods, Discover Austin, Darrick’s Preferred Auto and Kwik Trip.”

The event is free and open to the public. The Opening Ceremony begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday, July 16 at Riverland College, followed by the Large Bus Division competition at 7:30 a.m. and the Small Bus competition beginning at 8 a.m. Statewide bus operators will compete in both divisions. .

This event recognizes the men and women who are proud to call themselves bus drivers. These essential workers have continued to provide essential transportation throughout the pandemic. MPTA appreciates the opportunity to thank them for their service while hosting this important transit safety event.

For more information and to view the schedule of events, please visit the MPTA website at:

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