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WCCO: Testing Bus Driving Skills with Metro Transit

| Monday, September 23, 2013 12:23:00 PM

WCCO’s Jamie Yuccas recently got behind the wheel of a Metro Transit bus to illustrate the challenges of driving the 40-foot long, 50,000-pound vehicle.

The segment aired in conjunction with the annual Roadeo competition, which is being held this week at the Como Transit Center near the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul. More than 120 Metro Transit operators are participating in the event, which test operator’s skills through a series of written and behind-the-wheel tests.

Yuccas, a Metro Transit customer, earned 218 of a possible 450 points in her Roadeo performance.

Held every year since 1975, Metro Transit’s Roadeo champions can advance to state, regional or even international contests.

> WCCO: Testing Bus Driving Skills with Metro Transit

> Metro Transit Roadeo

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