Yates Dial-A-Ride driver competes at the Small Bus Roadeo

Josh Warner placed third at the 45th Small Bus Rodeo, qualifying him to compete at a national level. Warner (left) is pictured with Yates Dial-A-Ride Executive Director Howard Perry. 

Josh Warner placed third at the 45th Small Bus Rodeo, qualifying him to compete at a national level. Warner (left) is pictured with Yates Dial-A-Ride Executive Director Howard Perry. 

Courtesy photo/Yates Dial-A-Ride

YATES TWP. — When it comes to operating a bus, Josh Warner, a transit bus operator with Yates Dial-A-Ride, took his skills to the next level, placing in the 45th Annual Small Bus Roadeo in Frankenmuth on July 29.

The competition, hosted by the Michigan Association of Transportation Systems (MASSTrans) tests the skills of bus operators statewide, determining the best small bus transit drivers in Michigan and reinforcing safety and professionalism.

Warner's combined scores in the pre-trip inspection, ADA (Americans with Disability Act) securement, written test and maneuvering through the driving course resulted in him being awarded third-place — receiving a cash prize, trophy and the opportunity to go to Oklahoma for the Community Transportation Association of America EXPO 2023. 

Being employed by Yates-Dial-A-Ride for five years, and competing at this event for the second time, Warner is proud to represent Lake County at a national level. 

"I was given the opportunity to compete in the 2021 and 2022 small bus Roadeo in Frankenmuth. A fellow Yates Dial-A-Ride driver (Shelly Harmon) won the "Rookie of the Year" award in 2021, and in the 2022 competition I was able to place third in the individual competition, allowing me to represent Yates Dial-A-Ride at the national level in May 2023," Warner said. "The roadeo is broken up into four parts.  There is a written test, wheelchair lift and securement test, vehicle pre-trip inspection test and — the most fun — the driver's obstacle course." 

Yates Dial-A-Ride Executive Director Howard Perry congratulated Warner on the accomplishment. 

“On behalf of myself and the rest of the team here at Yates Dial-A-Ride, I want to congratulate Josh on his fine performance,” Perry said. “We look forward to more of our drivers competing in this event in the future.”