Submitted by Intercity Transit
Intercity Transit Dial-A-Lift driver Dan Savage placed second at the 31st Annual Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) Roadeo (Roadeo) last week in Louisville, Kentucky. Savage competed in the Body-on-Chassis/Paratransit Division against 50 competitors from 48 transit agencies across the country. The Roadeo tests the drivers’ skills and abilities with a primary focus on safe operations and passenger sensitivity.
“We are proud of Dan’s hard work and win at this year’s Roadeo competition,” said Ann Freeman-Manzanares, Intercity Transit’s General Manager. “His win showcases his exceptional driving skills and the compassion he has for his passengers. We are lucky to have him transporting people in our community.”
The National Community Transportation Association Roadeo honors and celebrates the value of rural and community transit operators. It provides an opportunity for drivers to gain recognition for their driving skills. Competitors have to complete a series of skills tests including a written test of their knowledge of ADA compliance as well as driving rules and situational awareness. They are also judged on a timed pre-trip inspection, passenger assistance and navigating a driving course with 10 obstacles in under seven minutes.
Savage previously competed in the 2019 CTAA National Roadeo and placed 15th overall. He placed first in the 2019 Washington State Roadeo paratransit competition, the last State Roadeo due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Earning the title “best paratransit driver in WA state” earned him a spot to compete at the national level.