posted on Friday, March 17, 2017
Myrtle Beach (SC) - Each year the Transportation
Association of South Carolina (TASC) hosts a statewide roadeo
competition for all transit authorities with the local transit
authority serving as South Carolina host and organizer. On March
25, 2017, Coast RTA will serve as host of the competition in which
competitors will maneuver transit buses within a defined course.
The timed competition is scheduled for 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the
Myrtle Beach Speedway, 455 Hospitality Lane, Myrtle Beach.
TASC will hold its annual conference in Myrtle Beach
on March 23-25. The conference is intended for training new
members, showcasing the latest in industry products and services
available, and to provide opportunities for networking. Conference
attendees are transit Executive Directors; Human Service Directors;
Councils on Aging representatives; education officials and their
staff, which include the following areas of management: human
resources, procurement, finance, maintenance, training, vehicle
operators, and quality assurance. Local, State, and Federal
Officials are also in attendance each year.
"It's that time of year when everyone in transit
operations looks forward to this competition," says Doug Herriott,
Transportation Manager of Coast RTA and South Carolina Roadeo Event
Chair. "We encourage all transit agencies to round up their best
drivers and technicians and come prepared for a fun day of
competition at the Myrtle Beach Speedway. It's truly the perfect
location for this competition. Who else can boast of a race track
to hold a roadeo?"
"This annual event honors the talents and skills of
transit drivers and maintenance technicians throughout the state.
The on-course competition is a crowning day for transit authority
bragging rights," explains Brian Piascik, General Manager of Coast
"It's enthralling to watch professional drivers
maneuver vehicles through a challenging obstacle course. Local
winners from across South Carolina will converge on Myrtle Beach
Speedway to compete during this statewide competition to take home
awards and bragging rights," Piascik said. "We're proud of Doug and
his team for their hard work and dedication in orchestrating the
Roadeo. Go Coast RTA!"
Coast RTA has several drivers competing in three
categories during the TASC Roadeo:40-foot competition:Gary Bradley
and Matt Simon;Cutaway Competition:Arian Nikolla and Melissa Grier;
and the35-foot competition: Alban Alla and Tausheeda Bellamy.
The Roadeo competition will end with its annual
Awards Banquet recognizing the champions in each division.
Registration for the competition is $100 and includes the Roadeo
Competition, Roadeo Breakfast, Lunch and Awards Banquet.
Participants may purchase additional Banquet tickets for guests at
$70 each, which includes Roadeo Breakfast, Lunch and Awards