CAMBUS student employees participating in the 2024 bus roadeo

On May 18, CAMBUS drivers competed in a “bus roadeo.” The annual bus roadeo is a friendly competition amongst CAMBUS student staff that tests their driving skills in a ten-part obstacle course. The obstacles test drivers in making tight maneuvers, including turns, simulating obstacles to dodge around, and backing exercises.  

32 CAMBUS student employees participated in this year's event. Three participants qualify to compete at the state bus roadeo, where they compete against bus drivers from transit agencies across the state of Iowa. 

Three student employees, Desmond Drischell, Miguel Jacobo, and Michael Souhrada qualified to move on to the state competition. CyRide will host the 2024 state bus roadeo on Saturday, June 8 in Ames, IA.

Driver Place Winners

Driver place winners at the 2024 CAMBUS bus roadeo

1st place

Desmond Drischell, driver since 2023

2nd place

Miguel Jacobo, driver since 2020

3rd place

Mackenzie Kanach, driver since 2023

Support Place Winners

Support place winners at the 2024 CAMBUS roadeo

1st place

Michael Souhrada, student maintenance supervisor, CAMBUS employee since 2020

2nd place

Chase Marshall, scheduling assistant, CAMBUS employee since 2022

3rd place

Eian Countryman, student maintenance assistant, CAMBUS employee since 2019


CAMBUS consists of 160 student employees that operate the transportation system.  All bus operator positions are held by UI students. Students may also earn promotions to positions in dispatching, training, maintenance, and supervision. The CAMBUS student teams are supported by full-time staff: two managers, two training supervisors, a maintenance supervisor, and six maintenance technicians.

CAMBUS works in collaboration with other Parking and Transportation Department units to provide and support access and mobility for students, faculty, staff, patients, and visitors. For more information about our services visit the CAMBUS page or call 319-335-8633.