ECU Transit takes first place in student driver competition

East Carolina University transit drivers celebrate their win in the East Coast Intercollegiate Rodeo March 31.

East Carolina University Transit claimed a first place win at the inaugural East Coast Intercollegiate Roadeo, March 31 at the University of Virginia.

The roadeo was a competitive test for students employed as campus transit bus operators. The roadeo measured drivers’ skills behind the wheel, knowledge of safety regulations and familiarity with the bus equipment. Scored test elements included left and right turns, passenger stops, parallel parking, alley dock backing, forward and reverse serpentine, offset lanes, diminishing clearance and a judgment stop.

Ten drivers from each participating university competed.

ECU drivers scored the highest overall, just six points over 2nd place University of Virginia, and brought home the custom-made trophy.

The event was hosted by the University of Virginia, with assistance from the University of Maryland.