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LTD bus drivers test their skills: 'A bit of competition with each other is always fun.'

Drivers, administrators and other staff from the Lane Transit District were on hand Sunday morning for the annual Bus Roadeo,

LANE COUNTY, Ore. - Drivers, administrators and other staff from the Lane Transit District were on hand Sunday morning for the annual Bus Roadeo, where they competed against each other in exercises that tested their driving abilities.

The bus lot at LTD turned into an obstacle course for the annual Bus Roadeo competition.

"This is an opportunity for our drivers to get out and practice their skills and showcase their skills," said Therese Lang, the Public Information Officer for LTD.

The obstacles tested each operator's ability to negotiate turns and stops at precise points while not touching any cones.

"If they're good enough, if their time is good enough, their skills are good enough they will go one to the International Bus Roadeo, which takes place in Kentucky next year," said Lang.

The annual International Competition welcomes the best of the best from all over the map. Last year, Lane County's own Shannon Phillips was one of the competitors.

"They arranged the obstacles this year so it's really tight," said Phillips. "It's a lot of fun; the hardest one is the left-hand turn, that's the one I always bomb on but I'm pretty confident in how I did."

While the Roadeo is a competition, Phillips says that it's not just about winning.

"I think it's a good gathering," said Phillips. "It gets people together and we get to socialize with each other. It helps us tighten up on our driving skills, a bit of competition with each other is always fun."

It's an event that builds camaraderie among those who compete, providing a unique opportunity for team building.

Justin Martin was announced as Sunday's Bus Roadeo competition winner, and he will represent LTD and go to the International Bus Roadeo in Kentucky next year in May.

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