WMATA 30th Annual Bus Roadeo

What do you visualize when you read this Metro press release?

Metrobus “cowboys” are set to drive and brand their “steers” – in this case 40-foot long, 30,000-pound Metrobuses and various maintenance modules – to victory in the 30th Annual Bus Roadeo on Saturday, September 30, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Would it be individual bus operators and teams of bus mechanics competing to safely and quickly complete an obstacle course or troubleshoot maintenance problems? Or would it be the final scene from Dr. Stranglelove where the crazy Maj. T.J. ‘King’ Kong rodeo rides the bomb to oblivion?

Either way, I know you’re excited and can’t wait to bring the whole family for events and entertainment like music, catered food, visits from McGruff the Crime Dog, Max the Metro Mascot, the Metrobus Robot, a Custom Auto Show, and a safety-related competition sponsored by Metro’s Department of Safety and Risk Protection.

I may be a transit foamer, but even I have my limits.

2 Comments so far

  1. wayan (unregistered) on October 6th, 2006 @ 1:32 pm

    And we now have the winners from the Roadeo

    A Prince George’s County, MD, man who has been driving a Metrobus for 36 years, won the top award at the 30th Annual Metrobus Roadeo on Saturday, Sept. 30.

    For the 18th time, Robert L. Miles of Bowie, MD, who works at the Landover Metrobus Division in Prince Georges County, MD, competed against 40 fellow bus drivers on an obstacle course consisting of 11 obstacles that cover every conceivable maneuver that a bus operator would encounter on the street.

    Miles demonstrated his excellent driving skills on the obstacle course as well as attaining points for personal appearance, smoothness of operation and safety habits.

  2. Bus_turd (unregistered) on October 6th, 2006 @ 4:47 pm

    But will he skip your stop or shut the bus down when Trudi bust him for blowing past?

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