MCAT, SCAT bus operators square off in annual Road-eo this weekend

  • Feb 9, 2018

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Feb. 9, 2018) – The region’s best bus operators will put their skills on display at the third annual Manatee-Sarasota Transit Road-eo this Sunday.

The Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) Bus Operators will compete with Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) operators in a series of competitions around a test road course set up with cones, barrels and bus stops. The competitions will test each operator’s ability to negotiate tight turns, to operate transit buses backwards and stop within six inches of a fixed object.

In 2015 and 2016 select Manatee and Sarasota county bus operators received top state honors for driving skills and their ability to serve riders and support the community. 

The event will be held for the second time at the Manatee County Transit Fleet Facility at 2411 Tallevast Road, off U.S. Highway 301 in southern Manatee County. The competition is free and open to the public. Though the event begins at 8 a.m., Transit Operations Chief Jim Egbert said the driving action will begin closer to 9 a.m.

“It’s fun to see professional Bus Operators test their skill and drive these large transit coaches on a very demanding obstacle course,” Egbert said. “They’re maneuvering a 35-foot long vehicle weighing over 39,000 pounds; and the skill sets on display are impressive.”

The first-place transit and paratransit winners from MCAT and SCAT will advance to the Mega Bus Roadeo in Daytona Beach on April 28. That competition will determine the most skilled bus operators in the state.  

For more information on Manatee County Area Transit, visit www.ridemcat.org   For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.