APTA in Town This Week, With Rail Rodeo!

If you look at the light up display on any MUNI bus, you’ll notice a “Welcome 2008 APTA Rail” message along with the usual route number. That’s because the American Public Transit Association is having their annual conference in San Francisco this week.
What you may not know is that part of the conference includes a Rail Rodeo, where operators from around the country will compete to see who has the mad transit drivin’ skillz.
This is the kind of thing I would have loved to have heard about a bit more in advance, and perhaps go and cover some of the events, instead of just catching a press release on The Google, but having a “real” job sometimes keeps one from being up on every little detail of the Transit Nerd Universe.

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6 Responses to APTA in Town This Week, With Rail Rodeo!

  1. Dan says:

    ObSnark: Does the bus rodeo have lifelike mannequins for the MUNI operators to aim at?

  2. Janice says:

    I believe they timed the re-release of Cable Car #25 on Wednesday in conjunction with this conference. I just happened to be our riding the cable cars, including this distinctive red one, with my son, only to read the next day about the hoopla.

  3. Greg Dewar says:

    @janice: oh good point, I forgot about that! IIRC, that is one of the oldest cars in the system…

  4. anna says:

    one of my flickr buds has a photo set of “every muni line”- thought you might find it interesting!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/octoferret/sets/72157602047205409/

  5. Matt says:

    I’ve been scratching my head trying to make head to tail what APTA is. Thanks for the info!

  6. bdw says:

    Results can be found here.
    http://www.apta.com/conferences_calendar/railroad/index.cfm
    Notice that MUNI was last in the maintainer events (and *very* predictably, the “doors” event.). But they did well in operator events. BART kicked butt in maintainer, though.

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