More than 23 million rides are provided annually by Iowa's transit systems. Public transit service is provided in every county in Iowa. Iowa transit systems rely on state and federal transit assistance to make rides available and affordable for Iowans. Local support such as tax revenue, fares, and donations provide a large share of agencies' operating budgets.

Iowa's Top Bus Drivers Selected at Iowa Public Transit Association's Annual Roadeo

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

DES MOINES, IA — (June 5, 2017) Two bus drivers from Iowa will compete in the International Roadeo events in Tampa, Florida next spring after they out-performed finalists from across the state in the 31st annual Iowa Public Transit Association’s (IPTA) Roadeo event. This year’s Roadeo was held in Des Moines and was sponsored by the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) and the Des Moines Area Community College’s (DMACC’s) Central Campus.

Kevin Gries with CyRide in Ames took home top honors in the large bus division competition and Nathan Shimanek with CyRide from Ames won the small bus division competition. Along with securing a chance to compete in the International Roadeo, both drivers also received championship trophies and cash prizes.

Competitors in this year’s event were tested and timed for a pre-trip inspection check, an obstacle course and a mobility device loading test. These challenges test the drivers and teach them what best practices are for safely and securely transporting passengers.

For the pre-trip inspection, drivers had to discover eight equipment-related defects and one security hazard. These issues represent real-life scenarios drivers could face in their daily jobs. The bus Roadeo obstacle course included 11 driving obstacles and three other scoring opportunities. Staff of the Iowa Department of Transportation, staff of DART, IPTA members, and other local volunteers judged the competition.

“DART and Iowa’s other transit agencies are committed to transporting the public in communities across the state safely every day,” said DART CEO Elizabeth Presutti. “We are happy to partner with DMACC to host this event to celebrate the accomplishments of our operators here in the Greater Des Moines region, and the accomplishments of drivers from agencies from all over Iowa.”


The Iowa Public Transit Association includes 35 public transit systems that provide local transit services in all of the state’s 99 counties. Iowa’s public transit system includes 19 urban and 16 regional systems. For more information visit www.iapublictransit.com.