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FINALISTS IN ANNUAL MTA BUS ROADEO COMPETE FOR TOP PRIZE AT SANTA ANITA JULY 10

 LOS ANGELES, July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Saturday, July 10, is the day of reckoning for the 63 participants in MTA's annual Bus Roadeo competition.
 Of the 204 bus operators who entered the agency-wide competition two weeks ago, only 30 remain. They will meet head-to-head on an obstacle course at the Santa Anita Racetrack parking lot that will require all the skill and expertise they have accumulated over the years to negotiate successfully.
 While the MTA's best operators are threading their 40-foot vehicles through narrow spaces, the men and women that keep those buses running in top condition will be having their own competition. Eleven teams, each consisting of three members, will try to diagnose and repair various problems planted in a bus or its engine in as little time as possible.
 "The Roadeo has always been one of the highlights of the year for our bus operators and maintenance teams," said Arthur Leahy, MTA's executive officer, operations. "It brings out the best in everyone in more ways than one.
 "Not only do we have the opportunity to see some of the finest operators and mechanics in the nation demonstrate their skills, it is a chance for some real camaraderie. The atmosphere is very supportive -- everybody roots for each other."
 Roadeo winners receive a cash prize of $1,000, plus a trip to New Orleans in October to compete in the National Bus Roadeo. Runners-up receive $750, and third-place finishers receive $500.
 Obstacles facing bus operators include precision left and right turns, reverse left and right turns, simulated passenger stop, diminishing clearance and wheel clearance.
 Maintenance teams compete in four categories: coach inspection, air brakes, power train module and obstacle course.
 The Bus Roadeo competition is the brainchild of the American Public Transit Association, which launched the nationwide program 18 years ago. MTA has participated in the competition all 18 years. Maintenance workers joined the Roadeo three years ago.
 The obstacle course will be set up on the Santa Anita Racetrack parking lot, reached by entering Gate 6 off West Colorado Place in Arcadia.
 -0- 7/8/93
 /CONTACT: Greg Davy or Jim Smart of MTA News Bureau, 213-972-4400/


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