Allison joins bus ‘roadeo’


Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. says it will host the 2013 International Bus Roadeo on May 5 in collaboration with IndyGo, the largest public transit provider in Indiana.

The annual competition, organized by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), will take place on the campus of Allison’s global headquarters.

Approximately 500 people are expected to attend this year’s Roadeo. The competition includes events for both bus operators and bus mechanics. Awards are given in each group and there is an overall grand prize for the public transit system with the highest combined score for the bus operator and bus maintenance team.

“The International Bus Roadeo is a unique opportunity for transit agency bus professionals to showcase their skills and knowledge,” Michael Melaniphy, president and CEO of APTA, says. “This competition of driving skills and maintenance disciplines allows the best bus operators and maintainers to compete and be recognized.”

The competition takes place just before the opening of the APTA Bus and Paratransit Conference, which will be held in Indianapolis at the JW Marriott from May 5-8. Roadeo activities start with an orientation on May 3 and culminate on May 7 with an evening banquet at which the 2013 winners will be announced.

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