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GBT Drivers Win Big

Each year, bus drivers from across the state converge on the Bus Transit Roadeo held in Manchester, Connecticut. The Bus Roadeo is an opportunity for drivers to demonstrate their skills on a course designed to test some of the most difficult bus maneuvers. Only drivers with excellent safety records qualify for the Roadeo. This year, some of Bridgeport’s best received high scores. Here are some highlights:

 

Lawrence Kendricks Wins 1st Place in Mini-Bus Competition
GBT driver Lawrence Kendricks Wins 1st Place in Mini-Bus Competition

GBT Access driver, Lawrence Kendricks will be representing Connecticut at the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) National Community Transportation Roadeo in Tampa Florida in June 2015.

 

Willie Correa Wins 1st Place in 40-foot Bus Competition
Willie Correa Wins 1st Place in 40-foot Bus Competition

GBT Driver Willie Correa will be representing Connecticut at the APTA International Bus Roadeo in Fort Worth Texas in May 2015.

 

TEAM GBT Wins 1st Place in 40-foot Bus Team Competition
TEAM GBT Wins 1st Place in 40-foot Bus Team Competition

GBT drivers Willie Correa, Marvester Robinson, and Clifford Perkins won the CT Roadeo 40-foot bus TEAM competition.

 

James Gantt, Jr. Wins 4th Place in 35-foot Bus Competition
James Gantt, Jr. Wins 4th Place in 35-foot Bus Competition


Special awards for perfect scores on the very difficult “Serpentine" obstacle were also given to drivers: James Gantt Jr., Dean Farmassony, Marvester Robinson and Willie Correa.

 

 

 

All CT Roadeo awards were presented to drivers by Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker and Connecticut Association for Community Transportation (CACT) Executive Director Mary Tomolonius. Congratulations all!

 

 

Oscar Mara Takes 4th Place at International Bus Roadeo
Oscar Mara at 2012 Roadeo

Oscar Mara at the 2012 CT Roadeo

GBT bus driver Oscar Mera won fourth place in the thirty five foot bus operators at the recent APTA International Bus Roadeo in Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Mera has represented GBT 13 times at the international level and placed 2nd three years ago. The annual International Bus Roadeo is a competitive event for bus drivers from across the United States and Canada that have demonstrated their driving skills at their state competitions. Congratulations Oscar!

 

 

James Gantt, Jr. Wins Excellence in Transportation Award
James Gantt, Jr. Wins Excellence in Transportation Award

Each year, the Connecticut Association for Community Transportation (CACT) recognizes staff from transit agencies across the State for “Excellence in Transportation.” This year, GBT Driver and Trainer James Gantt Jr. was one of the recipients of this award.

 

James Gantt has been an operator with Greater Bridgeport Transit for 22 years. During that time, James has distinguished himself in the performance of his work through a superb safety record and excellent customer service. James has been promoted to driver trainer where he now spends part of his time bringing his expertise in safety and customer service to GBT’s new driver recruits.

 

In addition to his duties as driver and trainer, James serves as a member of GBT’s Service Review Committee, which makes recommendations for route and schedule improvements and regularly represents GBT at the Annual Statewide Roadeo.

 

Anyone who travels with James on one of his regular routes will immediately recognize how well liked he is in the community through his interactions with GBT customers. He is dedicated, clearly loves his work and it shows. And it is for these reasons and James’ overall contributions to GBT’s services, that he received the CACT Excellence in Transportation Award. Congratulations James!




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Rider Alerts

Nov 18, 2017

Detours and Delays in Stratford Center

Routes CL and 23 are being detoured in Stratford due to a water main break on Main Street between Broadbridge Ave and West Broad St. Expect delays on all routes in Stratford – Rts 1, CL, 10, and 23.



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Trumbull Mall Bus Hub Construction

Construction is scheduled to begin at the GBT bus hub at Westfield Trumbull Mall in mid-summer. During this project, there will be a temporary bus hub located directly behind the existing site. Passengers will be able to access GBT Routes 3, 4, 6, 8, 14 & 20 from this area. During the first few days of construction GBT will have supervisors at the mall to help passengers navigate the new setup.

 

The majority of construction is expected to be completed in six weeks with the shelters, benches and other final amenities being installed in early October.