MCAT, SCAT drivers face off in first two-county Roadeo competition this weekend

  • Mar 10, 2016

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (March 10, 2016) – The area’s best transit drivers will put their skills on display at the first ever Manatee-Sarasota Bus Roadeo this Sunday.

 For the first time Manatee County Area Transit drivers will compete with Sarasota County Area Transit drivers in a series of competitions around a test road course set up with cones, barrels and bus stops. The competitions will test drivers’ ability to negotiate tight turns, to operate transit buses backwards and stopping within six inches of an object.


The event will be held at Manatee’s Fleet Services Center, 1108 26th Ave. E., Bradenton. The competition is free and open to the public. Though the event begins at 9 a.m., Transit Operations Superintendent Jim Egbert said the driving action will begin closer to 11 a.m.


“It’s fun to see people drive these big vehicles on an obstacle course,” Egbert said. “They’re maneuvering a 40-foot long vehicle weighing over 39,000 pounds without passengers; this is not your dad’s Oldsmobile.”


First place transit and paratransit winners from MCAT and SCAT will advance to the April 2 Mega Bus Roadeo in Fort Myers.


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