Competition Date, Time, Location & Travel Information

The roadeo will take place on Sunday, May 15, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Park Expo and Conference Center, 800 Blair Creek 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.        

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 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.
see International Bus Roadeo for more information 

Roadeo Training Workshops/Conference Sessions

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
see Program for more information   

Customer Service Challenge

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

Thanks To Our Roadeo Sponsors

    • Allison Transmission, Inc.
    • 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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