South Central Transit driver Ken Karbach of Clinton County, along with his supervisor Chris Garner, recently traveled to Oklahoma City, OK, where Ken competed in the Community Transportation Association of America’s (CTAA) National Bus Roadeo.
This was the 32nd Annual National Roadeo to honor and celebrate the value of rural and community transit operators, the backbone of the community transportation industry. This event is made up of transit drivers from around the country that compete for top scores with skill tests on every level of the drivers’ ability, with the primary focus being safe operations and passenger sensitivity.
Every spring the Rural Transit Assistance Center sponsors a state bus rodeo which includes four different categories: Pre-trip, written, driving obstacle course and mobility device securement. Transit drivers from across the state of Illinois can participate at the state level with the first place winner earning a trip to the National Roadeo to compete against the first place winners from around the country.
This year SCT had three drivers compete at the state roadeo where Karbach placed first, proudly earning his ticket to exhibit his professional driving skills to the judges at the national roadeo. Karbach placed 27th out of a total of 54 contestants.
Ken has been driving with South Central Transit for eight years. Congrats to Ken on a job well done!
Seen above: Ken Karbach