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September 28-30, 2015
Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, IN
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Monday, September 28, 2015

12:00pm

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5:00pm

 

Registration Open 
Wabash West Foyer

3:00pm

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4:00pm

           

Alcohol - What is Your Exposure?
Room 122
Ever wonder what your liability is when alcohol is involved in a group trip? Find out how you can mitigate your risk and protect your passengers and your company.
Presenter: 
Glenn EveryTonche Transit, Inc.

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3:00pm

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4:00pm

Turn Millenials into Customers
Room 123
Millennials are a fast-growing, vital part of your customer base. This session will help you understand who millennial customers are, how they think and how to reach them, as well as how to apply successful skills and strategies to attract more of these customers and engage them for repeat business.
Presenter: Porschia ParkerMillennial Performance Institute

4:00pm

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5:00pm


Social Media Made Easy for Motorcoach Operators
Room 122
Play the online social media game like a pro without having to give up running your motocoach company. From content development to advertising, branding to tools to help you automate your efforts, this course will give you exactly what you need to do to grow your following and engage your audience like never before.
Presenter: Eric ElliottBusRates.com  

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4:00pm

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5:00pm

Rear-facing Wheelchair Securement - The Future of Rapid Transit?
Room 123
With the ever growing demand to find solutions for rising liability costs, timely service, expensive para-transit services and many other demands of an evolving transportation industry, rear facing wheelchair securement is still a foreign concept to the U.S. ridership. The presentation will explore current practices taking place overseas and in Canada that demonstrate the successes and failures of rear-facing wheelchair securement options, while also looking into various transit properties on the cutting edge and potential liabilities faced at the present time across the U.S. 

5:00pm

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7:00pm

 

BusCon Opening Night Reception at Lucas Oil Stadium
Lucas Oil Stadium
*Open to Full Conference and Exhibitor Full Conference Passholders only. Tickets are available for purchase at Registration.

         

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

8:00am

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5:00pm

 

Registration Open 
Wabash West Foyer

8:30am

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9:30am

 

Concurrent Sessions

       

Factors You Have to Consider with Alternative Fuels
Room 122
Sure, we all know how alternative fuels are good for the environment and can save operations money, but what really happens when you decide to make the switch? This informative session will feature a look at the factors to consider when switching to alternative fuels as well as real-world experience from operators who took the challenge head-on.
Presenters: Paul StrobisBroward County; Kirt Conrad, Stark Area Regional Transit Authority  

       

Preventing Future Bus Collisions 
Room 123
Beginning with a step-by-step analysis that identifies the root cause of preventable incidents, this session will identify any potential skills, behaviors, standard operating procedures, or decisions that may have been compromised, before using that information to define specific corrective actions or training progressions that will prevent further incidents at your operation.
Presenters: Louis MaielloL-3 Driver Training Solutions; Steve Mentzer, L-3, D.P Associates

       

Navigating a Crisis in a 24/7 Digital Age
Room 124
A catastrophic incident can impact your operation in a matter of seconds. This session will discuss how to manage a crisis, including how to deal with the media using practical tools for effective communication, and what steps you need to take protect your reputation and keep your operation moving forward.
Presenter: Dan RonanAmerican Bus Association

9:30am

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9:45am

 

Coffee Break
Wabash West Foyer

9:45am

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10:45am

 

Concurrent Sessions

     

Feature Panel: Practical Experiences with Electric Buses
Room 122
The future is here! During this informative session, top-level management will discuss their usage of electric vehicles at their operations, including factors to consider before implementation, driver and safety training, initial challenges, actual application and what benefits they’ve seen following implementation.
Presenters: Len Engel, Antelope Valley Transit Authority;  Mike TerryIndyGo

     

How to Train and Keep Your Drivers
Room 123
Not everyone is cut out to be a bus driver. You can teach them all the knowledge and skills possible, but without the right attitude, the motivations, values and personality, they will not be good at the job or will quit and leave the agency. As a trainer, your goal is to educate and influence the future behavior of drivers. This presentation will show you how.
Presenter: Jeff CassellTransit & Paratransit Company

     

Fatigue Management: What Can You Do to Limit Your Risk?
Room 124
A driver of any type of vehicle is at risk due to the impact of fatigue. Without taking proactive steps, including being able to identify areas of risk, your operation, passengers and/or customers can suffer the consequences. This session will help you not only identify those risks but what you can do to limit, prevent and manage the fatigue at your operation.
Presenter: Bob Crescenzo, Lancer Insurance Company

10:45am

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11:00am   

 

Coffee Break
Wabash West Foyer

11:00am

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12:00pm

 

Keynote Address: Driving Excellence
Room 121
Mark Aesch, CEO of TransPro, a management consultancy that guides transit systems, will bring to life stories from lessons learned during his many years as a transit management leader and innovator.  His Driving Excellence presentation will both inspire and inform participants on how to reform staid cultures, motivate teams to higher levels of efficiency, and turn customer service to customer satisfaction.
Keynote Speaker: Mark AeschTransPro

Sponsored by

12:00pm

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5:00pm

 

Exhibit Hall 
Hall D

12:30pm

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2:00pm

 

Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
Hall D

Sponsored by

1:30pm 

&

3:00pm

 

BusCon Ride & Drive
Hall D - Back of Exhibit Hall

3:00pm

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5:00pm

 

Happy Hour in the Exhibit Hall
Hall D

Sponsored by

5:00pm

7:00pm

 

BusCon "Night on the Town" at Slippery Noodle Inn
Slippery Noodle Inn
*Open to Full Conference and Exhibitor Full Conference Passholders only. Tickets are available for purchase at Registration.

         

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

8:00am

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2:00pm

 

Registration Open
Wabash West Foyer

8:00am

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9:00am

 

Breakfast Awards Ceremony
Room 121

9:05am

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9:55am

 

Concurrent Sessions

     

Is Your System ADA Compliant with Federal Regulations?
Room 122
This presentation will cover the idea behind the federal disabilities acts and why systems might be penalized by the justice department or its respective federal organization for not complying. It will also discuss ways to apply for and receive appropriate funding for solutions, including audible announcements at stops and visual signage for the hard of hearing, as well as the broader impact compliance can have on your operation.
Presenter: Ilya RekhterDoubleMap

       

The Best Innovators in the Industry Today
Room 123
This year, METRO Magazine and BusCon are giving out the very first Innovation Awards, which recognize partnerships that have had a positive impact at operations around the U.S., whether through financial savings or improved efficiencies. This panel-style session will focus on this year’s winners, allowing you a glimpse at innovative programs that may be right for you. 
Moderator: Alex Roman, METRO Magazine 

       

Buses 101: Buying Your First Bus and What to Consider
Room 124
This session will walk you through everything you need to consider before embarking on the process of purchasing your first bus, including how to choose the best vehicle to fit your needs and how to finance that vehicle, operating cost factors from leaders in the private motorcoach industry. 
Presenters: Duane Geiger, CH Bus Sales, LLC; Mike Haggerty, CH Bus Sales, LLC; Charlie MurrayTotal Luxury Limousine Service 

10:00am

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10:50am

 

Closing General Session
How Technology is Transforming Options for Riders and Filling Buses
Room 121
Everyone’s heard of Uber, but how is the bus industry using big data, mobile technology and crowd-sourcing to fill buses? Join us to hear about what innovative operations are doing, how they do it and what impact these new business models can have on communities throughout the nation.   
Panelist: Numaan AkramRally Bus; Matt GeorgeBridj

10:00am

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2:00pm

 

Exhibit Hall Open
Hall D

11:00am

&

1:00pm

 

BusCon Ride & Drive
Hall D - Back of Exhibit Hall

12:00pm

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1:30pm

 

Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
Hall D

                         


Last Updated: 8/27/15

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Keynote Address: 
Driving Excellence
Mark Aesch

Chief Executive Officer,
TransPro
Tuesday, September 29th
11:00am - 12:00pm


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