Paratransit Roadeo

2022 Florida Triple Crown Bus Roadeo

Florida’s transit professionals are heading to Gainesville, Florida, the weekend of April 22-23, 2022 for the 2022 Annual Florida Triple Crown Bus Roadeo. The 2022 Florida Triple Crown Bus Roadeo will be hosted by RTS Gainesville.

It’s that time again – roundup your best drivers and technicians and come participate in the 2022 Annual Florida Triple Crown Bus Roadeo in Gainesville, Florida. The Florida Triple Crown Bus Roadeo combines the FPTA and RTAP roadeos into a single, colossal weekend honoring all of Florida’s paratransit and fixed route bus maintenance technicians and bus operators.

The annual event is a joint effort of the Florida Public Transportation Association (FPTA), the Florida Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP), the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), and the Florida Association of Coordinated Transit Systems (FACTS), and hosted by Gainesville RTS.

There will be training opportunities for the participants. Then the bus operator participant’s skills will be tested with a written test and the on-course competition. The maintenance technicians will face similar challenges with a written test and a series of diagnostic tests.

As always, the event will end with an Awards Banquet that will crown and recognize our champions in the paratransit van and cutaway divisions, the fixed route bus division, paratransit maintenance technician and the maintenance technician’s team competition.

Registration, orientation, training, written tests and the Friday evening reception and Saturday awards banquet will be held at the Hilton. All competitors should report to the Hilton on Friday morning at 11:00 am for their mandatory orientation meeting.

Florida RTAP Paratransit Roadeo Winners

Above and Beyond Award Winners

2012 Above & Beyond Award Winner Dottie Higgins, VOTRAN

2012 Above & Beyond Award Winner
Dottie Higgins, VOTRAN

Between 2004 to 2012, each year at the RTAP Florida Paratransit Roadeo, the Florida Department of Transportation Public Transit Office, with the assistance of Sure-Lok, Inc., selected and recognized an exemplary Florida paratransit operator for the “Above and Beyond Award.”

The purpose of the award was to honor a driver who consistently performed in an outstanding manner and showed great care and concern for passengers with special needs.

There were three primary eligibility criteria. They were:

  1. The driver took time on a regular basis to create a safe and secure environment for passengers with special needs,
  2. The driver properly secured the mobility aid and occupant restraints, and
  3. The driver demonstrated sensitivity toward individuals with special needs.