MET drivers bring home top ‘roadeo’ award

Mountain Empire Transit secured the top team award for the fourth consecutive year at the annual Community Transportation Association of Virginia’s Paratransit Roadeo on April 27 in Galax.

This achievement marks the ninth time MET has clinched the top honor in the past 11 years.

Competing against transit operators from across the state, MET’s four-member team was tested on various skills, focusing on safety and passenger sensitivity. Team members won several individual honors and together earned the highest score in the competition.

The roadeo features two divisions, body-on-chassis and mini-van, in which operators complete a series of tests, including a written safety exam, pre-trip inspection, wheelchair securement exercise and an obstacle course.


Jeff Whisman

  • Second place overall
  • First place, right tire clearance
  • First place, diminishing clearance

Jon Lovell

  • Third place overall
  • First place, wheelchair securement
  • First place, left-hand reverse
  • First place, right-hand reverse

Irene Mullins

  • First place, judgment stop

Betty Whisman

  • First place, passenger stop