In just its third appearance at the N.C. Public Transportation Association’s State Transit Roadeo, the Iredell County Area Transit System (ICATS) took first place in the light-transit vehicle category, beating systems from across the state.

ICATS team members at the competition in Wilmington included Phil Jones, Tonnette Kadima, Frank Long and Karin Waters. Long also was a member of the 2018 ICATS team that captured first place in the state in the van category.

This year’s winners were honored at a banquet in Wilmington April 28.

Roadeo competitors are challenged in driving skills, safety habits and other operational responsibilities. They must safely negotiate an intricate road course filled with hazards, and also must pass comprehensive written and mechanical tests.

ICATS hosts a local safety training Roadeo annually to help drivers maintain their safety skills.

For the first time, 11 members of the ICATS team team competed at the Charlotte Transit Roadeo in early April against top drivers from Charlotte Area Transit. The top four ICATS finishers moved on to the April 26 competition in Wilmington.

ICATS is the public transit provider for Iredell County. Its fleet of 29 vehicles and 40 drivers provides fixed-route scheduled bus service in and between Statesville and Mooresville.

Scheduled express bus service is also provided weekdays between four park-and-ride lots in Iredell County, connecting with the Charlotte transit system in northern Mecklenburg County.

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