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2019 TAM Roadeo

Howdy Partners! The 2019 Roadeo is coming your way on Saturday, April 13!

It's time for Maryland's best drivers to get ready for the toughest driver skills challenge north or south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Our 2019 Roadeo will be held once again at the MTA's Dorsey MARC Station located at Dorsey Station Dr in Hanover, MD 21076; just off Route 100. The competition will begin at 9 AM, end around Noon, and will be followed by afternoon training and an evening banquet located at the Hilton Embassy Suites (1300 Concourse Dr, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090), honoring our competitors and giving our winners a send-off to the CTAA National Roadeo.

Drivers will compete in three separate areas: a driving skills challenge in the form of an obstacle course, a wheelchair securement test, and a pre-trip inspection. The top three scorers will be given scholarships to attend and compete against the best in the country at the CTAA Roadeo in Palm Springs, California on May 18-19.

Tentative Schedule - April 13th

7:30 AM Continental Breakfast for Judges & Drivers Dorsey MARC Station
8:00 AM Drivers check-in with group leaders Dorsey MARC Station
8:30 AM Judges report to assignment locations for drivers' walkthrough Dorsey MARC Station
8:30 AM Drivers - Course walkthrough Dorsey MARC Station
9:00 AM Driving competition begins after walkthrough Dorsey MARC Station
12:00 PM Driving competition ends Dorsey MARC Station
3 PM - 5 PM Driver & Volunteer training - Embassy Suites Hotel
6 PM - 7 PM Pre-banquet reception Embassy Suites Hotel
7 PM - 9 PM Roadeo Awards Banquet - Winners announced! Embassy Suites Hotel
  See you in 2020! Good luck to the winners in Palm Springs!  

 

Driver Qualifications: Only drivers meeting the following criteria are eligible to compete in the Roadeo

A. Has been employed as a driver engaged in Demand-Response or Fixed-Route service with
their present employer since April 2018.

B. Has not had a chargeable (avoidable) accident since April 2018.

C. Has not had a suspension from duties or any disciplinary action since April 2018.

D. Has no points or pending violations.

E. Has supervisors’ approval.

Registration Fees

Registration is $75 for the first driver and $50 for each additional driver. Registration for each driver covers all the day's activities, including a lite breakfast on the roadeo site and the awards banquet in the evening. Each driver will receive one ticket to the awards banquet. A limited number of additional banquet tickets may be purchased during registration for an additional $30 each. Each driver will receive one complimentary hotel stay for the night of April 13th. Information on hotel reservation details will be provided upon receipt of driver registration. 

Roadeo Handbook

All competitors and judges are encouraged to review the Roadeo Handbook prior to the event, as some changes have been made in the update.

2019 Roadeo Participant Handbook

You can view a video describing the Roadeo course here : http://nationalrtap.org/roadeo/Bus-Roadeo-Basics-Video .

Roadeo Volunteers

The Roadeo cannot happen without the support of volunteers. We need volunteers to judge the on course stations, wheelchair securement tests, and pre-trip inspections. We need volunteers to run scores back to the scorers. We need volunteers to help us set up and tear down the course. In short, we need you! We are looking for volunteers in the following areas:

  1. Emcee
  2. Pre-trip Inspection
  3. Wheelchair Loading & Securement
  4. Left Hand Turn
  5. Right Hand Turn
  6. Serpentine
  7. Right Hand Reverse
  8. Right Tire Clearance
  9. Passenger Stop
  10. Forward Offset Street
  11. Left Hand Reverse
  12. Diminishing Clearance
  13. Judgment Stop
  14. On Board – Smoothness of Operation
  15. Score Runner
  16. Starter
  17. Command Bus
  18. Course Set-up & Tear-down Crew

There will be 1 Captain for each maneuver/position and at least 2 volunteers for each maneuver depending on the maneuver/position.

All volunteers will receive a ticket to attend the awards banquet in the evening as well as our training event in the afternoon. Additionally, all volunteers who are members of TAM transit providing agencies are eligible to receive a complimentary hotel stay on  the night of April 13 at the Roadeo host hotel (BWI Embassy Suites). Hotel reservation information will be sent following registration as a volunteer.  To register as a volunteer, visit our volunteer registration page by clicking the 'Volunteer Registration' at the top of the page.

Roadeo Sponsors

The support of our sponsors makes the Roadeo possible every year. The financial assistance provided by our generous partners in community transit help us to put on the best Roadeo we possibly can. See the list below to find the sponsorship opportunity that works best for you. You can reserve your sponsorship by clicking on the 'sponsor the roadeo' button at the top of the page to email TAM with your desired sponsorship.

Diamond Sponsor

  • Full page program Ad with choice of premium placement (program dimensions 5x8)
  • Speaking opportunity at Roadeo Awards ceremony
  • Participation in Roadeo Awards Ceremony
  • Participation in the Awards photography session
  • Listed in all promotional materials pre-and-post-event, TAM website and all Media Materials
  • Signage prominently displayed at event
  • 4 complimentary tickets to the evening banquet

 

Awards Banquet Sponsor: [$3,500]

  • Full Page Color Roadeo program Ad (Program Dimensions 5x8)
  • Presentation of awards to winning contestants
  • Participation in the Awards photography session
  • Listed in all promotional materials pre-and-post-event, TAM website and all Media Materials
  • Signage prominently displayed at event
  • 4 complimentary tickets to the evening banque

 

Roadeo Shirt & Hat Sponsor:

  • Half-page program Ad (program dimensions 5x8)
  • Listed in all promotional materials pre-and-post-event, TAM website and all Media Materials
  • Signage prominently displayed at event
  • Company logo on Roadeo Shirt

 

Passenger Assistance/Wheelchair Securement Competition Sponsor [$1,500]

  • Half- Page Program Ad (Program Dimensions 5x8)
  • Presentation of Awards to top scorers in wheelchair securement
  • Participation in the Awards Photography Session
  • Listed in all Promotional Materials Pre-and Post-Event, TAM Website and all Media Materials
  • Signage Prominently Displayed at the Event

 

Ice Cream Bar – Awards Banquet [$1,000]

  • Listed in all promotional materials pre-and-post-event, TAM website and all Media Materials
  • Signage prominently displayed at event

 

Breakfast Sponsor – Roadeo Course [$800]

  • Listed in all promotional materials pre-and-post-event, TAM website and all Media Materials
  • Signage prominently displayed at event

 

Drinks & Snack Sponsor – Roadeo Course [$300]

  • Listed in all promotional materials pre-and-post-event, TAM website and all Media Materials
  • Signage prominently displayed at event

 

Transit Organization Sponsor [$125]

  • Receive one complimentary ticket to the Roadeo Awards Banquet
  • Recognition in the Roadeo Program