Well, now we feel guilty for taking BART to get to Oakland: the good drivers of the AC Transit won first place at the American Public Transportation Association "Bus Roadeo" event. AC Transit has won the roadeo six times in the last nine years.

The event, considered the Super Bowl for bus drivers, tests customer service, auto mechanics, and driving skill (here's the handbook if you're interested; in .pdf) -- so drivers were tested on tight turns, narrow lanes, backing up and driving to the left, and professional appearance (among others), while mechanics were given a variety of broken-down buses and busted diesel engines to inspect and fix. Meanwhile, customer service reps were given a variety of "scenarios" and evaluated for their creativity in handling them. This would be so excellent to watch on ESPN 2.