Metro Transit’s finest operators competed this week to prove just how awesome and precisely they can drive a 40-foot-long Metro bus at the annual ‘Metroadeo.’

2016 Metroadeo winners

Drivers snaked their buses through left and right turns, passenger stops and tight spaces. It takes care to adjust your speed and set up just right to perform each of the maneuvers, all scored by judges with a sharp eye and high expectations for precision.

“Our operators are great, but the top Roadeo finishers are amazingly good– true technicians of their craft,” said Rob Gannon, Metro Transit interim general manager.


This year’s No. 1 driver is Tammy Klein, a Ryerson Base operator – now a five-time winner of the Metroadeo! (2009, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2016).

Tammy will represent Metro at the state roadeos in September, competing against transit drivers from Washington State, and next year’s international competition sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

Congratulations to all of the winners! Metro is proud of you!

(Think you have what it takes? Metro is hiring! Search “Transit Operator” at the King County jobs site.)


1st          Tammy Klein

2nd        Chai Kunjara

3rd         Tom Ponischil

4th         Sheila Malbrain

5th         Ahmad Yousefbeigi

6th         Billie Farris

7th         Chuck Riess

8th         David Crock

9th         Janet Palmer

10th       Francis Lebel