May 19, 2015 - New York’s Top Drivers Use Trans Tech Buses in School Bus Safety Competition
Valley Cottage, NY – The Type-A buses driven during the 44th Annual New York State School Bus Drivers Competition were manufactured by Trans Tech. More than 100 drivers took part in the competition held at Rockland Lake State Park, on Saturday, May 16th.
“It’s great to see Trans Tech Type-A buses put through their paces during this highly competitive event,” said Trans Tech President John Phraner. “It’s only fitting that the toughest small school buses on the road, from New York’s only school bus manufacturer, were driven by New York’s best school bus drivers during a safety competition.”
The day began with a written exam on school bus safety, and then went throughout the afternoon with driver’s testing their skills in a variety of hands-on situations from vehicle inspection, to loading and unloading students, to turning and stopping, railroad crossings and more.
The Trans Tech Type-A buses were provided by Quality Bus Service based in Sparrowbush, New York.
Here’s the list of this year’s top finishers:
Small Bus/Van (Type A):
1st – John Moore - Suffolk Transportation
2nd – James J. Baumer, WE Transport
3rd – Djymi Aide – Chestnut Ridge Transportation, Spring Valley
4th – Lakisha Thomas - Baumann
5th – Donna Brown – Suffolk Transportation
Conventional Bus (Type C):
1st – Mitchell Mattison – Monticello CSD
2nd – Vicki DelVecchio – First Student, Pine Bush
3rd – Cheryl Wyman – Monticello CSD
4th – Robert Tomassi - Chestnut Ridge Transportation, Hillburn
5th – Joanne Wright - Baumann
1st – Manuel Beltran – Croton Harmon School District
2nd – Bill Vivian – First Student, Rochester
3rd – Daniel Farley – Quality Bus Service
4th – Thor Hendrickson – Durham School Services
5th – Jose Torres – WE Transport
Rookie of the year:
Lakisha Thomas - Baumann
Photo – (l) John Moore of Suffolk Transportation, winner in Type-A Bus category.
Photo – Trans Tech buses ready to roll out for a day of competition.