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American Public Transportation Association

 Bus Roadeo

Competition Date, Time, Location & Travel Information

The roadeo takes place on Sunday, May 6, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Long Beach Arena Parking Lot, 400 E. Shoreline Drive, Long Beach, CA.

The Arena Parking Lot is within walking distance of the Renaissance and Westin Hotels. Long Beach Transit will provide limited shuttle service from the Hilton, Renaissance, and Westin Hotels to the site. On Sunday, May 6, the service begins at 7:30 a.m. for spectators. Maps and directions will be available at the roadeo and conference registration desks.

General Information

Bus operators and mechanics from transit systems across North America participate in separate competitions, which showcase their skills in safe driving and vehicle maintenance. The Operator Competition includes events such as judgment stops, turning, and clearing obstacles. The Mechanic Competition requires skills in the identification of defects in engine, transmission, brake, and HVAC modules. The pre-trip inspection for operators and multiplex troubleshooting for mechanics are incorporated as scored events. More information is available on the International Bus Roadeo section of APTA's website.

Customer Service Challenge

For the sixth year, the Customer Service Challenge joins the traditional Operator and Mechanic Competitions. The event, scheduled on Monday, May 7, from 2:15 to 3:45 p.m., allows bus operators to test their customer service skills in some distinctive customer interface scenarios.

Thanks To Our Roadeo Sponsors:

  • Allison Transmission
  • Bendix
  • Complete Coach Works
  • Cummins Cal Pacific
  • Cummins Inc.
  • Fraser Gauge
  • GFI GENFARE, Division of SPX Corporation
  • GILLIG LLC
  • GIRO Inc.
  • Halsey King and Associates
  • Motor Coach Industries, Inc.
  • National Transit Institute (NTI)
  • New Flyer Industries
  • Sardo Bus & Coach Upholstery
  • Siemens
  • Thermo King Corporation
  • Thermo King LA
  • Titan
  • Transit Marketing Group, Inc.
  • TransTrack Systems, Inc.
  • Trapeze Group
  • Truck Trailer Transit
  • Vapor Bus International – A Wabtec Company
  • Vigil Solutions
  • Voith Turbo Inc.
  • ZF Industries

    Conference Sessions/Targeted Training Workshops

    Not only are all the traditional conference sessions and activities open to the roadeo participants, but targeted training workshops for roadeo operators and mechanics are also offered. These workshops include topics such as: advanced mobility device securement skills development; optimizing ramp performance; musculoskeletal disorder awareness & prevention; fire suppression systems; how to provide great customer service while being human; and bus side window maintenance and glass requirements.

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