Local bus operator named state bus roadeo champion

Local bus operator named state bus roadeo champion

Credit: Capital Metro

Reigning International Bus Roadeo Champion and Capital Metro Bus Operator Arthur Murillo (center) claimed another win at the Texas State Roadeo on April 14. Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority CEO and Texas Transit Association President Scott Neeley (left) and McDonald Transit Deputy General Manager John Wilson (right) presented Murillo with the award. Murillo will try for his fifth international title on May 5.


by KVUE.com


Posted on April 16, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 16 at 3:40 PM

AUSTIN -- Some of the state's best drivers and mechanics competed Sunday for top honors at the Texas State Roadeo.

The Roadeo competition showcases the skills of operators and mechanics while promoting safety and professionalism in transit operations, stated Capital Metro in a press release.

Winners have the opportunity to advance to the national and international competitions.

Reigning International Champion and McDonald Transit Bus Operator Arthur “Ace” Murillo had the top score at the state competition. 

Murillo, along with Porfirio Rivera and vehicle maintenance team Jaime Ayala, John Proske and Gary Robledo, will compete at the International Bus Roadeo on May 5 in Indianapolis, Ind.

Murillo has won the International Roadeo four times.

McDonald Paratransit Operator Ted Ward, who took first place in the Paratransit Van competition at the State Roadeo, has advanced to the National Community Transit Roadeo on June 2 in Albuquerque, N.M.

Competitors representing Capital Metro racked up two first place and three second place trophies at the state event.

Representing Capital Metro at the state level:

35-Foot Bus
Arthur Murillo – 1st Place
Abdelkader Tenouri – 2nd Place
Corey Barnes

40-Foot Bus 
Porfirio “Pete” Rivera 
Amos Underwood
Ray Sedwick

Paratransit Van
Ted Ward – 1st Place
Wally Acosta – 2nd Place
Manuel Santa Ana

Jaime Ayala, John Proske and Gary Robledo – 2nd Place