The International Bus Roadeo includes competition events for both bus operators and bus mechanics. Awards are given in each practice area and there is an overall grand prize for the transit system with the highest combined score for the bus operator and bus maintenance team.

The International Bus Roadeo Competition takes place the Sunday prior to APTA’s Bus and Paratransit Conference. Roadeo activities begin on the Friday before the conference with an orientation and culminate on Tuesday night at the Roadeo Banquet.

The International Bus Roadeo Committee’s goals are to provide the most equitable competition possible, encourage the highest degree of professionalism in bus operators and mechanics, and build camaraderie among all those who compete. Through sportsmanship and pride of work, the APTA International Bus Roadeo stands as a symbol of the important role bus operators and mechanics play in providing transit’s customers with safe, reliable service.

We look forward to your support and participation in this year’s International Bus Roadeo competition.


8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


The International Bus Roadeo will take place on Sunday,May 15, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Park Expo and Conference Center, 800 BlairCreek Road, Charlotte NC, 28205.

Shuttle service will be provided between the Charlotte Omni and the Charlotte Westin to the roadeo site. The Roadeo shuttle will be available every 15 minutes between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday, competition day, the service begins at 7:30 a.m. for spectators. Maps and directions will be available at the roadeo and conference registration desks.


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 pre-trip inspection, judgment stops, turning, and clearing obstacles. The Maintainer Competition requires skills in the identification of defects in engine, transmission, brakes, multiplex, doors, and HVAC modules. Visit the International Bus Roadeo section of APTA’s website for more information.


Not only are all the traditional conference sessions and activities open to the roadeo participants, but there are six training workshops scheduled exclusively for roadeo contestants. The workshop topics are:


  • Electric Fan Engine Cooling System Operation, Diagnostics, and Troubleshooting
  • Introduction to IntelligAIRE III
  • Test Taking Know How, Tips, and Training for ASE Certification


  • ADA Changes – How the World of ADA Has Evolved for the Bus Operator
  • Pre-Trip Inspection, Safety, Security, and the Changing Climate
  • Operator Training…Buses and Bikes


For the tenth year, the Customer Service Challenge joins the traditional Operator and Maintainer Competitions. The event, scheduled on Monday, May 16, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., allows bus operators to test their customer service skills in some distinctive customer interface scenarios.


ROADEO REGISTRATION: Contact APTA’s Anitha Atkins at 202.496.4839 or

ROADEO COMPETITION/EVENTS: Contact APTA’s Saahir Brewington at 202.496.4834 or


  • Allison Transmission, Inc.
  • Bendix
  • Cummins Inc.
  • Custom Training Aids, Inc.
  • Fraser Gauge
  • Motor Coach Industries
  • New Flyer
  • Thermo King Corporation
  • Trackit LLC
  • USSC Group/4ONE/FMNA
  • Vapor Bus International
  • Voith Turbo Inc.
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