Bus drivers from across PA put driving skills to the test

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PITTSTON TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Bus drivers from across Pennsylvania were in our area this weekend perfecting their driving skills.

The Pennsylvania Public Transportation Association held its annual bus ROADEO competition at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport.

They call it a ROADEO but it’s really just an obstacle course.

Bus drivers put their skills to the test, being judged on how precisely they stop, reverse and park.

“When you’re out on the road, you don’t know what you’re ever going to encounter and safety is the number one priority,” COLTS bus driver Art Ware said.

Cones were set-up all over a taxiway area at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport.

On this course, inches matter.

While some drivers parked perfectly, others had trouble.

Some had a lot of trouble.

“Noticing how close these cones are, you’re rubbing the paint off the sides going through these cones and stuff so yeah, it is nerve racking,” COLTS bus driver Sean Tompkins said.

In all, 37 drivers took part in the ROADEO competition.

While fun, the competition is really about highlighting how difficult it is for drivers to navigate big buses safely on small streets.

“This is just one opportunity for them to test their skills. Every single day they make sure they hone-in on them and are able to get that guest to safety,” LeeAnn MacWilliams, executive director of the Pennsylvania Public Transportation Association said.

As with any ROADEO, a large crowd came out to cheer on the men and women of public transportation.

The drivers really enjoy it and a lot of them brought their families with them from across the state to support them,” Bob Fiume, COLTS Executive Director, said.

Some of the top finishers from Sunday’s competition will most likely quality to take part in a competition for bus drivers on the national level.

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