Bus drivers compete at 29th Annual Minnesota Statewide Bus Roadeo

City bus drivers normally stick to the same route day and day out, but on Saturday they drove a different course.

Public Transit bus drivers from all over Minnesota are in Winona this weekend for the 29th annual Minnesota Statewide Bus Roadeo.

Thirty-seven bus operators showed off their driving skills by navigating timed obstacle courses and real-life driving scenarios.         

Not only does it test their abilities, but it also shows appreciation for the job they do every day.

“They actually have very difficult jobs. The primary job is to keep everyone safe but without them they are the front line of transit, they are the ones that can make or break a system. We are here to honor them,” said Erlene Welshons, operation manager for Rolling Hills Transit.

“For both the organizations and from the drivers standpoint, there’s a lot of pride that goes into being able to compete,” said Rich Anthony, director of Rolling Hill Transit.

This year’s event was held at Minnesota State College Southeast Technical Winona. Rolling Hill Transit and Winona ORC co-hosted the event for the first time in Winona.