HRT Wins First Place in Rail Competition

Hampton Roads Transit is bringing home a big win from yesterday’s 2015 International Rail Rodeo in Salt Lake City. Local rail employees Ricky Church, Victoria Jenkins and Mario Alexander were judged in personal appearance, safety, operating skills, customer service, and train inspection and won first place.

Rail rodeos are competitions among professional rail operators and technicians to determine who is best at a given set of challenges. The competitions test skills relating to mechanical diagnostics, customer service, personal appearance and system safety, among others.

“I am so proud of our teams,” said William Harrell, president and CEO of Hampton Roads Transit. “Our operators out performed some of the largest systems in the nation. That speaks volumes about the dedication, hard work and excellent training our staff receives at HRT. Congratulations to all!”

HRT’s maintenance team also won recognition for handling a malfunctioning light rail door. HRT employees Robert Johnson, Christopher Mertz, Gregory Owens and Tracy Moore were on the maintenance team.

The HRT teams competed against teams from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Washington, D.C. and Chicago, 17 properties in all.

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