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JTA Earns Top Honors at State Roadeo

JTA WORKERS EARN TOP HONORS AT 2013 FLORIDA STATE BUS ROADEO

 

 

THE STATE’S TOP BUS OPERATOR AND MAINTENANCE TEAM FROM JTA WILL GO ON TO COMPETE FOR INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES. 

 

 

JACKSONVILLE, FL March 25, 2013 – The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) is proud to congratulate JTA workers who won top bus operator and top maintenance team awards at this year’s Florida State Bus Roadeo held this past weekend, March 23, at JTA Headquarters. Twelve-year veteran employee and 2012 International Bus Roadeo Champion, Ramón Farfán, took first place in the bus operator competition. Farfán beat out drivers from 11 other public transit authorities from across the state on a competition course designed to test every phase of operation that a bus operator encounters in normal driving situations. The driving course tested ability to negotiate left and right forward turns, left and right backing turns, passenger stops and judgment problems.

 

JTA workers William Lovelady, James Ratliff and George McGarry also formed the state’s winning maintenance team among seven teams of mechanics from Florida public transit authorities. JTA’s winning maintenance team has now advanced to the final round, which is the International Bus Roadeo to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana this May. Farfán will also compete there to defend his International title.

 

Winning both categories also brought JTA the Florida State Roadeo Grand Champion award. This is the second year in a row JTA has won that designation.

 

“We are so proud to have the best of the best at JTA”, said JTA Chief Executive Officer Nathaniel Ford. “We all enjoy the bragging rights, but there is even more pride in knowing JTA has the most knowledgeable and skilled employees working on and operating our buses, which is key in keeping the public safe on the roadways.”

 

The Annual Florida State Mega Bus Roadeo is designed to enhance and promote the improvement of public transportation by affording Florida transit authorities the means to provide their bus operators and technicians the opportunity to demonstrate professional skills and to be recognized.