September 15 - 17, 2014
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Registration*: 12:00PM – 5:00PM
Reception: 5:30PM – 7PM
Sessions and Networking breaks: 8:30AM – 12:00PM
Lunch: 12:30PM – 2:00PM
Exhibit Hall Open: 12:00PM – 5:00PM
Networking Reception: 5:30PM – 7:00PM
Breakfast & Morning Extravaganza: 8:00AM – 9:30AM
Educational Seminars 9:30AM – 10:30AM
Exhibit Hall Open: 10:00AM – 2:00PM
Lunch: 12:00PM – 1:30PM
* Registration will be open everyday of the event.
Monday, September 9, 2013
|12:00pm - 5:00pm||Registration Open at Navy Pier, Festival Hall A
|3:00pm - 5:00pm||Motorcoach & Transit Seminars
Open to all attendees! PLUS, Exhibits Only Pass holders who attend these sessions will be given a complimentary ticket to the Welcome Reception on Monday evening at The Signature Room at the 95th in the John Hancock Center. Full conference pass holders are automatically admitted to the reception.
3:00pm - 4:00pm The Capital Cost of Contracting
Public/private partnerships can deliver remarkable value to the local transit budget; especially when utilizing the “capital cost of contracting” formula. Find out how local transit providers can expand local services by having bus and motorcoach companies compete for commuter work using this often overlooked formula.
Presenter: John Miller, Miller Transportation
4:00pm - 5:00pm Know Your Customers: Who Are the New Bus Riders?
DePaul University has been at the forefront of studying recent growth in intercity bus. Not only has intercity bus travel made a remarkable comeback—growth potential remains high. Who are these new bus riders and why has interest in bus travel increased in recent years? Perhaps more importantly, what does all this mean for the future of intercity, scheduled service and charter bus industries? Examine the findings and insight of years of academic research and discover your role in capturing part of this expanding market.
Presenter: Joseph Schwieterman, Ph.D., DePaul University
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|5:30pm - 7:00pm||Welcome Reception at The Signature Room at the 95th in the John Hancock Center
(Open to full conference and full exhibitor pass holders only. Badge holder pick up for pre-registered attendees begins at 5:00pm. On-site registrations accepted only at Navy Pier).
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
|8:00am - 5:00pm||Registration Open at Navy Pier, Festival Hall A
|8:30am - 9:30am||Concurrent Sessions|
New Perspectives on Alternative Fuels
A panel of experts will discuss the various fuel options available; including CNG, propane, biodiesel, as well as the infrastructure and maintenance costs involved, the length of time until financial savings are realized and success stories.
Moderator: Halsey King, Halsey King and Associates
Panelists: Joanne Hayes, Clean Energy; Todd Mouw, ROUSH CleanTech; Rick Streiff, Access Services; Greg Zilberfarb, Propane Education & Research Council
Keeping Up with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) Regulations
This session will be an overview of changes that have taken place in recent years regarding the American with Disabilities Act (ADA, and changes that have taken place or are going to be taking place in regards to DOT regulations. It will feature a discussion on how these regulations affect transportation providers operating under Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Authority as well as DOT medical exams, drug testing and the national CDL data base.
Presenter: Jeff Waxman, Illinois Department of Transportation
Bus 101 for New Bus & Limousine Operators
Looking for a way to diversify your operation? This informative session will provide real-world experience from an operator who has implemented the use of motorcoach services as an additional revenue stream.
Presenter: Roger Melling, Windy City Limousine and Bus
University Track: At the Intersection of Transit and Technology
Any conversation about transit in a university environment in 2013 must include a discussion of the impact of the smartphone. Almost 3/4 of college students now own smartphones and that number is expected to grow to over 90% by 2016. How has this rapid adoption of a smartphone impacted how technology must be delivered to university transit riders? And what impact will these tech-savvy riders have on municipal transit as they graduate? This session will discuss some of the latest technology trends and how university transit organizations can leverage them to increase ridership, engage with their riders better, and help grow future municipal transit riders.
Presenter: William Rackley, TransLoc
|9:30am - 9:45am||Networking Break
|9:45am - 10:45am||Concurrent Sessions|
Panel Session: Electric Buses Are Here to Stay
Long viewed as the future, the use of electric buses is already here for some transit agencies around the country. This session will discuss the ever-changing technological revolution in the electric bus market, the benefits and costs of adding and testing the buses in your fleet, and what’s in store for the future.
Moderator: Michael Lewis, Center for Electromechanics - Univ of TX at Austin
Panelists: Bill Williams, Phoenix Motorcars; Macy Neshati, Complete Coach Works; Brendan Riley, BYD America; Steve Waters, Proterra
The Real Cost of a Bus: Life Cycle Costing for Big and Small Buses
Life cycle costing will be discussed to assist operators with evaluating the useful life of a bus or motorcoach. Life cycle costing is a method of economic analysis that takes into account the expected cost over the useful life of the asset. However, the true value of this study is to also consider the unexpected costs during the use of the bus or motorcoach. Life cycle costing is also used to select alternatives that can impact and change the current and future cost of operation of the bus or motorcoach.
Presenter: Christopher Ferrone, Mechanical Engineer and Bus Operator
Reduce Accidents: How to Easily Improve Your Performance
Safety is just a word, being safe is a goal. Jeff Cassell was responsible for reducing the rate of accidents at Laidlaw by almost 78% (operating almost 45,000 buses). In this session you will learn how this was achieved.
Presenter: Jeffrey Cassell, Transit & Paratransit Company
University Track: Increase Efficiencies and Reduce Costs for Your Campus Transit System
As budgets are tightening and service expectations are at an all-time high, universities are looking for ways to streamline operations to decrease spending and increase efficiency. First Transit operates 26 campus transit systems across the country, and has seen first-hand how some of the top university operations employ best practices in safety, operations, maintenance, technology and management to create efficiency, improve quality, decrease environmental footprint and increase ridership. Learn how you can apply these best practices in your own environment.
Presenter: Sharad Agarwal, First Transit, Inc.
|10:45am - 11:00am||Networking Break
|11:00am - 12:00pm||Concurrent Sessions |
Preparing for the Increased Financial Demand of Paratransit Transportation
As demand for paratransit services continues to escalate so do the costs for operations who provide it. This session will provide both practical and innovative solutions to alleviate some of the financial strain associated with servicing those customers who value mobility options.
Moderator: Chuck Covington, People's Transit
Panelists: James Brigance, People's Transit; Charles Dickson, Community Transportation Association of America; Katharine Hunter-Zaworski, National Center for Accessible Transportation
Securing Facilities for Both Public and Private Fleets
Throughout the post 911 era many organizations have developed emergency planning for bus safety and security. These include public agencies, private companies and the Federal Transit Administration. This panel of speakers will present their plans and prospects on these critical industry needs.
Moderator: Halsey King, Halsey King and Associates
Panelists: Gary Hegland , GTH Transit Advisory LLC; Jeff Hiott, American Public Transportation Association; Mark McGregor, Virginia Regional Transit
Increase Ridership: Modern Bus Marketing 101 for Public and Private Operators
Today’s online marketing is all about the people behind the brand. When your riders step on board your bus or coach, what are their first impressions of your brand? Is the entire process, from the very first point they begin researching a solution for their transportation needs to the moment they complete their journey, friendly for the end-user? It is that extra engagement from your team that will set you apart. In this session you will learn that latest marketing techniques that work!
Presenter: Ryan Kelly, Terrapin Blue
University Track: Customizing a University Transit System
Every university transit system faces different challenges and has different needs. In this session, you will learn how to tackle your unique pain points while fulfilling the needs of your students, faculty, and university community. We'll focus on methods of decreasing spending and increasing efficiency. In addition, we'll address seamless integration with your parking strategy to ensure that both entities work as one. By the end the session you will have a fresh perspective on how your transit system can add value as an asset to your university.
Presenter: Mitch Skyer, Solstice Transportation Group
|12:00pm - 5:00pm||Exhibit Hall Open|
|12:30pm - 2:00pm||Lunch in the Exhibit Hall Foyer
|5:00pm - 7:00pm||Caribbean Nights Reception at The Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier
(Open to full conference and full exhibitor pass holders only)
|7:00pm -||Dinner on Own|
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
|8:00am - 2:00pm||Registration Open at Navy Pier, Festival Hall A
|8:00am - 9:30am||BusCon Breakfast, Awards and Keynote Presentation:
Transit Buses: Safe, Reliable in Both Day-To-Day and Emergency Situations
J. Barry Barker, executive director for Louisville, Ky.-based Transit Authority of River City and long-time industry veteran, will discuss the overall safety and reliability of the transit bus industry and how agencies can play a critical role in crisis situations, both large and small.
Keynote Speaker: J. Barry Barker, Transit Authority of River City (TARC)
|9:30am - 10:30am||Concurrent Sessions |
Best Practices for Helping People with Special Needs
With mobility already an issue, it is important to treat special needs passengers with the dignity they deserve. During this informative session, experts will discuss how to deal with these unique customers from the time you arrive for a scheduled pickup to the time they reach their final destination.
Moderator: Jeffrey Cassell, Transit & Paratransit Company
Panelists: Gary Hegland , GTH Transit Advisory LLC; David Lindelien, Lane Transit District; Michael Sheads, Veolia Transportation; Kevin Welch, Paratransit, Inc.
New Technology and Equipment Blast Off
Having problems keeping up with the industry’s ever-changing technology? Join this fast-paced session and learn about the latest technologies that can help you improve your bottom line. From fuel savings to time savings to understanding how long it will take to see a return on investment, these new technology options can benefit your day-to-day operations both now and in the long term.
|10:00am - 2:00pm||Exhibit Hall Open at Navy Pier, Festival Hall A|
|12:00pm - 1:30pm||Lunch in the Exhibit Hall Foyer|
|12:30pm||Contest Central Prize Drawing at the METRO Booth #1425|
Must be present to win!
Mark your calendar now for BusCon 2014, to be held at the Indiana Convention Center, Halls F & G, in Indianapolis, IN, September 15-17, 2014.