OTS ‘Roadeo’ Win­ners Will Head To Na­tional Com­pe­ti­tions

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Each year, the Oahu Tran­sit Ser­vices Inc. (OTS) Roadeo brings to­gether bus op­er­a­tors who bat­tle it out in full ob­sta­cle cour­ses, timed runs and in­tri­cate ma­neu­vers — all while op­er­at­ing a 35-foot bus.

This year, 18 par­tic­i­pants put their skills to the test at TheBus Pearl City fa­cil­ity.

Dou­glas Rego took first place in the Bus Roadeo, with Paul Fer­nan­dez and Justin Handa tak­ing sec­ond and third places, re­spec­tively.

Mean­while, Ginger Kala­mau took first place in TheHandi-Van Roadeo (as she did in 2013), with Rex De­Je­sus and George Pusins tak­ing sec­ond and third place in the cat­e­gory, re­spec­tively.

Brian Low­ery, Lonn Nakata and Richard Takeuchi made up the first­place team for the Main­te­nance Roadeo. In fact, this team won first place in the lo­cal com­pe­ti­tion back in 2013 and placed first in the ABS brake na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

Con­stan­tine Ben­e­mer­ito, Ron­ald Domenden and David Kaya made up the sec­ond-place team, while Ta­tum Bautista, Keith Yanagi and Michael Sugimoto took third place.

First-place win­ners in the Bus Roadeo and Main­te­nance Roadeo will go on to com­pete in the Amer­i­can Pub­lic Trans­porta­tion As­so­ci­a­tion tour­ney in Texas next year.

Kala­mau will com­pete in the 2015 na­tional com­pe­ti­tion pre­sented by the Com­mu­nity Trans­porta­tion As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica in Florida.

Dou­glas Rego of TheBus. Pho­tos cour­tesy Oahu Tran­sit Ser­vices Inc.

Ginger Kala­mau of TheHandi-Van.

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