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CARTA staff, Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda Page among big winners at annual S.C. Alliance for Mobile Infrastructure’s competition
MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (Feb. 26, 2015) – A Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority bus operator and maintenance team will represent South Carolina on the national stage after bringing home top honors at a statewide competition in Myrtle Beach over the weekend.
Driver Andrew McKelvey finished first in the 40-foot bus division and the team of Andrew Stevenus, Shannon Byrum and David Mungin outperformed the competition at the South Carolina Alliance for Mobile Infrastructure Annual Training Event, Bus Roadeo and Supplier Exhibition.
The winners will compete at the American Public Transportation Association’s International Bus Roadeo May 1 – 5 in Fort Worth, Tex.
Other CARTA award recipients included Marketing and Communication Director Michelle Emerson and Maintenance Manager David Bonner. Emerson received the Making a Difference Award, while Bonner was honored as Support Manager of the Year. In addition, driver Bernard Sumter placed third in the 35-foot bus category. CARTA’s winning drivers and maintenance staff are employees of TRANSDEV, an international public transit company and the system’s operating partner.
Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda Page was also among those recognized on Saturday when she was named Urban Elected Official of the Year.
“We have the best driver and the best maintenance team in the state. We have someone who was honored for the effectiveness of her outreach, and we’re lucky to have South Carolina’s top elected official when it comes to public transit supporting transportation in our community,” Burns said. “That’s a pretty tough combination to beat.”
Transit agencies from across South Carolina squared off during the roadeo. Various obstacle courses tested drivers’ ability to negotiate turns, make sudden stops and accurately position vehicles. Other challenges included dealing with defective buses, resolving engine issues and a written test that quizzed participants’ overall knowledge.
“We are very excited for all of our award winners proud of their exceptional performance during the event’s competitions,” said Jeff Burns, the interim CARTA executive director. “More importantly, we’re proud of the work that our drivers and staff put in every day to make our system a success and a value for our community.”
CARTA recently announced a system annual ridership of more than 5 million.
About CARTA The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) is a public transportation system dedicated to providing affordable transit to the Charleston community through fixed routes, Tel-A-Ride/demand service and express routes. CARTA services greater Charleston. For the latest on CARTA, visit www.RideCARTA.com, like us on Facebook or follow on Twitter at @RideCARTA.
All customers are encouraged to map rides and track buses with Google’s Transit program and the CARTA Bus Tracker