TARC and Louisville announced as host of 2019 International Bus Roadeo and Bus and Paratransit Conference
May 17 - 22, 2019: The ‘Olympics’ of the transit community
May 9, 2018
Louisville, Kentucky – In Tampa, Florida, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) announced Louisville, Kentucky and the Transit Authority of River City (TARC) as the host city and agency for the “APTA International Bus Roadeo and Bus and Paratransit Conference” May 17 – 22nd 2019. The six-day event features skills and safety competitions for bus operators and mechanics including conference workshops, networking sessions, committee meetings and an awards banquet.
The “Roadeo” and conference is a unique professional development opportunity for operators and maintenance professionals to share ideas and network with transit agency professionals across the country. This year, over 40 mechanic teams and 83 coach operators participated. The “Roadeo” is a competition of bus operation and safety skills and maintenance disciplines. As part of the Bus & Paratransit Conference, there are multiple training sessions for operators, maintenance teams, and supervisors. The competition attracts over 275 competitors. The convention itself attracts more than 1,500 attendees.
“We are proud and excited to host the 2019 APTA Bus and Paratransit Conference and International Bus Roadeo,” said J. Barry Barker, Executive Director of the Transit Authority of River City. “We can’t wait to show our guests how we do transit and how we are delivering the 21st Century now and today right here in Louisville, Kentucky.”
APTA made the official announcement in Tampa on May 8 at the official Bus Roadeo Awards Banquet premiering a video highlighting all that Louisville has to offer visitors during the event next year. The video featured the city’s top attractions and a message from Mayor Greg Fischer, Karen Williams, CEO of the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau and J. Barry Barker.
TARC was also awarded APTA’s “Security Excellence Award of Merit” for their focus on increasing the amount of time their two-person coach security teams spend accompanying operators on routes.