NCRTD Driver Valencia Takes Top Honors at 2016 Annual Bus Road-eo and Conference!
North Central Regional Transit District driver Leo Valencia took first place in the Cutaway Bus competition at this year’s Bus Road-eo and Conference. The April 3 event was held during the Annual Conference and Expo which took place at the Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
A warm round of congratulations from NCRTD Board Members and Board meeting attendees greeted Leo on April 8 where NCRTD Executive Director, Anthony Mortillaro, presented him with the NMPTA plaque honoring him for his First Place finish.
As winner of the New Mexico State Road-eo, Leo is going to Portland for the National Road-eo event at the Community Transportation Association Expo where he, along with other New Mexico Road-eo conference winners, will be representing the Land of Enchantment. Leo Valencia drives for the RTD 340 Chile Line Red and began driving for the Chile Line in back in 2010.
Always a highlight of the Annual NMPTA Conference, the Road-eo is a fun and friendly challenge among transit drivers from across the State. What might look like a maze of randomly placed orange cones to the untrained eye, the expert drivers know exactly what they need to do to maneuver the course with precision. The timed course contains obstacles that test every phase a bus operator encounters under normal driving conditions. In addition to driving skills, participants are also tested on ADA wheelchair securement standards and pre-trip vehicle inspection.
The competition is a showcase of vehicle operator skills and promotes safety, professionalism and excellence in transit operations.