Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

SCAT, MCAT Drivers Put Skills to the Test | Next Up for Four Drivers: Statewide 'Roadeo" in Fort Myers

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

SCAT, MCAT Drivers Put Skills to the Test | Next Up for Four Drivers: Statewide 'Roadeo" in Fort Myers

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'ROADEO' COMPETITION

MANATEE COUNTY - Bus drivers for Sarasota County Area Transit and Manatee County Area Transit have competed before in an annual test of their skills on the road. On Sunday, they did so for the first time together.

MCAT hosted the "Roadeo" competition at its Fleet Services Center in Samoset.

"We did it last year independently," SCAT director Rocky Burke said. "We had ours and MCAT had theirs. We decided, to encourage more regionalism, we'd do it together this year. Next year, SCAT will host the event."

The competition started with a written exam, followed by a vehicle inspection.

Then, after getting behind the wheel of 40-foot-long, 39,000- pound MCAT buses, each of the drivers negotiated a serpentine obstacle course, then got tested on tight turns, backward parking, sudden stopping and other maneuvers. …

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