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Operators place at DART Bus Roadeo, advance to state competition

Posted June 09, 2014 in Web Exclusives

Four operators took top honors in today’s DART Bus Roadeo at Southridge Mall, advancing to state finals on Saturday, June 21, in Davenport.

DART operators competed in a timed driving contest called a roadeo, in which they navigate the large buses through a tightly configured obstacle course of road cones. Those who hit the fewest cones, while finishing on time, score the most points. The top two finishers from each class advance to state finals. Today’s winners include:

Fixed route (35-foot bus)
1st Place: Cesar Chavez
2nd Place: Abay Mengistu
3rd Place: Bill Smith

Paratransit (25-foot bus)
1st Place:  Ivan Thompson
2nd Place: Kurt Mackel-Wiederanders
3rd Place: Cherie Shippy

The Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority is the public transportation provider that serves Polk County. DART operates a family of transportation services that makes getting around the Greater Des Moines area easier and more convenient. For more information about DART services, schedules, route changes, or directions to the nearest DART stop, visit the website at www.ridedart.com or call 515-283-8100. The MyDART Trip Planner BETA is now available at www.ridedart.com.

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