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August 2006 State

Metro mechanics win state competition

Photo: Metro mechanicsThis past weekend, King County Metro Transit hosted the state transit roadeo for bus drivers and mechanics and ended up with the top maintenance award.

Metros vehicle maintenance team of Ryan Stringfellow, Larry Fitzpatrick, and Leonard Emry finished first in the transit maintenance event. This is the third year in a row that a Metro team has won the state competition.

The maintenance teams compete in a timed, troubleshooting event that pits the mechanics against different parts of a bus that have been intentionally "bugged" with the kinds of problems vehicle maintenance workers might encounter on the job. They also take a written test.

In the driving competition, Metros Don Brady finished third in the 40-foot bus category. It was a very close contest, with only a 17-point difference between the second and fifth-place finishers.

Updated: Aug. 15, 2006