September 11, 2015
CDTA Announces Bus Maintenance Roadeo Results
Roadeo Highlights Excellence and Professionalism in Bus Transit Operations
ALBANY, NY (September 11, 2015) The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) held its 10th annual Bus Maintenance Roadeo Friday morning.
CDTA maintenance technicians competed in teams of three on a series of timed events featuring a written test, bus inspection, and several trouble shooting exercises with pre-set defects in the areas of HVAC repair, engine repair, and air brake diagnostics. A panel of judges, comprised of CDTA staff, oversaw and completed contestants’ final scores.
Taking home top honors this year Albany technicians Ken Stager, Jr., Eric Ford and Joe Ruotolo. Coming in second Albany technicians Jeetendra Sukhdeo, Junior Ompertab and Arnold Dipnarine. Rounding out the top three teams Schenectady technician Mike Haigh, Troy technician Phil Haigh and Schenectady technician Jason Hiddle.
The Bus Maintenance Roadeo is designed to encourage excellence and professionalism in bus transit operations and test the skills they have acquired through internal training programs.
The top team will now move on to represent CDTA at the international APTA (American Public Transportation Association) competition. This year’s competition will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina in May of 2016.
ABOUT CDTA: The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) was created in 1970 by the New York State Legislature as a public benefit corporation to provide regional transportation services by rail, bus, water and air. CDTA is the premier mobility provider in the Capital Region, providing local, express, commuter and bus rapid transit services. CDTA owns and operates the Rensselaer Rail and Saratoga Springs Train Stations. Today, nearly 650 people work to deliver a transit system that transports 60,000 customers each weekday.