There are two bus categories at the bus roadeo: 35-foot buses and 40-foot buses. Juan Maldonado has been driving with Capital Metro for 23 years. His competition, the 35-foot bus, is up next. Juan Maldonado gears up to drive in the 35-ft bus category.
Juan reports that the dynamics of maneuvering a 35-foot bus are very different than a 40-footer. “Your reference points are different just because of the extra length,” he says. And reference points are pretty important for depth perception when turning, backing up, etc.
Juan has earned the designation Million Miler, having driven more than one million miles without any accidents. Even so, he’ll have his work cut out for him in today’s competition, as he’ll be competing against three-time international champion in the category, Capital Metro’s Arturo Murillo.