Statewide metro transit workers compete to be best drivers

Credit: Keri L. Renner, Director of Marketing & Communications, Topeka Metro. Front Row: Sandra Wesley, Marshall; Gaylon Brown, Topeka; Wilbert Whitson, Lawrence. Back Row: Mike Spadafore, KDOT; Anne Lowder, Kansas University Transportation Center; Lisa Harris, Kansas University Transportation Center.

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) — Metro transit drivers were outside refreshing their driving skills on Sunday. This comes after the “Kansas Transit Rodeo” competition at the Kansas Judicial Center.

It started with drivers taking a written exam. From there, they put their driving skills to the test. Drivers were scored on getting through a timed obstacle course by testing various real-life driving scenarios.

“In this sort of competition, it does increase everyone’s awareness about what is important when you are a driver and the fact that safety and security is always number one,” Susan Duffy, General Manager for Topeka Metro, said.

Sandra Wesley of Marshall County General Public Transportation won 1st place in the contest. Gaylon Brown of Topeka Metro won 2nd place, and Wilbert Whitson of Lawrence Transit won 3rd place.

Wesley will now get to go to the national championship in hopes of becoming the best transit driver in America.

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