Sept 23-25, 2019 | Indiana Conv Center, Indianapolis, IN

Welcome Shuttle Professionals!

                  

For operators looking to expand the services they provide to those looking to keep up to date with the latest trends and training in the industry, BusCon is the ideal show to attend. In addition to the latest vehicle offerings and education, BusCon also gives you the chance to network with peers from various industries and learn how the services you provide could also fit into the larger new mobility paradigm.

Highlighted exhibitors include:

  • Motor Coach Industries
  • TEMSA
  • Embassy Bus by SVO Group
  • Freedman Seating
  • Motorcoach Safety Training Company 
  • REI
  • Samsara
  • Awash Systems
  • Bus Advisors
  • United Motorcoach Association
  • Global Ground Transportation Institute

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Full Schedule  |  Full Speaker List  |  Full Exhibitor List

Last updated: April 23, 2019

Monday, September 23, 2019

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Wabash West Foyer

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

As one of the fastest growing ground transportation companies in the US, Windy City Limousine always keeps one thing top of mind: customer service. But when customer expectations are on the rise and every fleet is competing to deliver great service, how does Windy City stand out?

Join us for a conversation with Windy City as they share the secrets behind their award-winning operations. Learn how Windy City: 

  • Delights their customers with real-time ETAs
  • Reduced calls to dispatch by 30%
  • Improved CSA scores by 50-75%
  • Saved over 500 hours of phone communication monthly

Presenters: Jack Owens, Samsara; Ryan Kaczmarski, Windy City Limos


Room 122

Suggested for Limo, Motorcoach and Shuttle Operators.

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Wabash West Foyer

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

High Velocity

(Located in the lobby of the JW Marriott and connected to the convention center by sky bridge.)

Kickoff the first night of BusCon at High Velocity!  See old friends and make new contacts, while enjoying horsd'oeuvres, local beer on tap and Monday Night Football.

 


*Full Conference, Supplier or Transit Maintenance Forum Badge required for entry. Exhibits Only pass holders may purchase a separate ticket at registration.

 

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Wabash West Foyer

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

All public transit operators are looking at ways to reinvent services. This session will discuss ways that can be effective, including route optimization, app-based on-demand services, microtransit, and more.

Presenters: Gary Blazinsky and Jodi Glock, Harford Transit LINK; Jason Starr, Via Transportation


Room 122

Suggested for Transit, Shuttle and Paratransit Operators.

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

As we brace for the future of electric buses, this session will focus on the latest considerations for the private and public sectors when turning to electric, including: innovations in bus charging solutions available; energy management; and ways to reduce administrative overheads and increasing efficiency.

Presenters: Mark Kerstens, ChargePoint; Chelsey Hohensee, MetroLINK


Room 123

Suggested for all Operators.

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Wabash West Foyer

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Considering a move to an updated software system? Wondering how to use technology to get the most out of your bus operation? This session will discuss how transit resources are used and destination decisions are made in a data driven transit technology world.

Presenters: Mitch Skyer, Passio Technologies; Scott Conroy, First Transit


Room 122

Suggested for all Operators.

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

While there has been a great deal of publicity around autonomous mobility services, the requirements for a successful implementation of autonomous shuttle fleets in existing public transport systems remain largely unknown. This presentation will discuss how to plan and design new autonomous and driverless mobility services and integrate them into public transit networks with examples and lessons learned from real-world deployments.

Presenters: Warren Perry, Bestmile; Jeff Peterson, First Transit


Room 123

Suggested for Transit, Paratransit and Shuttle Operators.

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

With the industry facing a driver shortage, operators are searching for a way to recruit new drivers to their company. But what if retaining your drivers is really the answer? This session will focus on way to retain your drivers, which will enable you to spend less time searching for the right match.

Presenter: Mark Szyperski, On Your Mark Transportation


Room 124

Suggested for Limo, Motorcoach and Shuttle Operators.

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Wabash West Foyer

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

With cities now taking a more holistic view of how to move residents to job centers, schools, and recreational activities, the solution has become a multipronged approach that includes public transit, TNCs, mobility on demand options, micromobility, and more. Our Keynote Address, delivered by Head of Global Policy for Public Transportation at Uber Chris Pangilinan, will take a look at how forging partnerships is helping to improve mobility in regions across the nation, as well as bringing new types of transportation providers to the table. It will also include Iowa DART's Luis Montoya who will provide a microcosm of how regions are adjusting to this new model.

Speakers: Luis Montoya, Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART); Chris Pangilinan, Uber


Room 120/121

 

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Lunch 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm.

Lunch sponsored by 


Exhibit Halls A/B

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Exhibit Halls A/B

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tastings - A Wine Experience
Just a short walk from the Convention Center. (Exit onto W. Maryland St. and head north. Turn left on Illlinois St. Located on the corner of Illinois and Washington attached to the Conrad Hotel.)

Sponsored by the Exhibitors, this unique Indy experience is designed for everyone from the novice to the sommelier! You can try wines from all over the world and be confident that it is being served in its prime. Visit the Tastings Team on Tuesday at the METRO booth in the exhibit hall to find about more.


*Full Conference, Supplier or Transit Maintenance Badge required for entry. Exhibits Only pass-holders may purchase a separate ticket. Photo ID is required for this event.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Wabash West Foyer

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

METRO Innovative Solutions Awards, METRO Transit Maintenance Director of the Year Awards, and PERC Propane Autogas Fleet Awards to be presented.


Room 120/121

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

As fleets continue to experiment with sustainable solutions they are finding that one size may necessarily not fit all. This session will discuss alternative fuels as well as which are the best fit for small, medium, and large vehicles.

Presenters: Jeff Clarke, NGV America;  Richard Jones, Davidson County Transportation System; Marty Sennett, CityBus; Greg Zilberfarb, Propane Education & Research Council


Room 122

Suggested for all Operators.

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Wabash West Foyer

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Lunch 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Exhibit Halls A/B

Relevant Shuttle Speakers

Gary Blazinsky

Gary Blazinsky

Administrator, Harford Transit LINK

Gary is the Harford Transit LINK Administrator, a small-urban locally operated transit system in Maryland, and the current sitting president of the Transportation Association of Maryland (TAM), a non-profit organization that supports locally operated transit systems in Maryland.  To better serve the TAM membership efforts were made to improve vendor participation and financial results. Gary has refocused the organization towards growth and training opportunities, relocated the TAM office into facilities which now host training for Maryland transit agencies, diversified fiscal management growing the reserves by 30% and has relocated the “Annual TAM Conference”.  Additionally, Gary serves on the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board and the Harford County Accident Review Board. His career spans more than 30 years of management experience in distribution, transportation both private & public, and warehousing, twenty years managing single facilities, and ten years managing multiple facilities along with regional director responsibilities primarily in the food, MRO and third party distribution industry. He is a results oriented manager committed to improving bottom line performance along with team building, operation turnaround/revitalization and optimizing costs with controlled planning and strengthened operational procedures.  He works to build long-term partnerships, build leaders and motivate organizations to higher levels of performance. 

Mike Brock

Mike Brock

President and Technical Director, Immersed Technologies

Mike Brock is the President and Technical Director for Immersed Technologies, a technical training services and communications company. He is also the lead program manager for technical training courses and service publications for predominately automotive and transportation industry clients, including Audi of America, Los Angeles Metro, BYD Heavy Duty Industries, Kia Motors America, Karma Automotive, and the Southern California Regional Transit Training Consortium (SCRTTC). Immersed Technologies is a major industry partner with the SCRTTC. With more than 20 years of experience as a technical writer, technical trainer and project manager, Mike is equally business-minded and passionate about his work. He understands that clients’ objectives span departments, and he never loses sight of what it means to break new ground. Mr. Brock combines his experience and expertise to bring a level of understanding, problem solving, and insightful expertise to complex projects. He is a speaker at national learning and development conferences and his projects have earned numerous industry awards.

Scott Conroy

Scott Conroy

Area Vice President, First Transit

Scott Conroy is the area vice president for First Transit’s East Region Campus Transit and Shuttle operations.  Scott oversees 25 university and airport systems across a broad spectrum of service needs.  Scott joined First Transit following the acquisition of Cognisa Transportation in January of 2007.  With over 25 years of experience in contract management for public and private institutions, he has developed a team which brings together talented mobility specialists to meet unique customer needs.

Jodi Glock

Jodi Glock

Administrative Supervisor, Harford Transit LINK

Jodi Glock is the Administrative Supervisor for Harford Transit LINK, a small-urban locally operated transit system in Maryland and serves on the Transportation Association of Maryland’s Roadeo Committee.  She has over 22 years in accounting, grant and federal funding experience with seven years in public transit, five of those years performing contract operations oversight, program administration, and contract management, 2 years in direct transit operations and fifteen years higher education, finance management and accounting. Supervising the transit accounting team, she is a transformation leader.  She works with her team to identify opportunities for change, developing methods to implement in tandem with all areas of transit operations, the County impacted programs and services.  Through her fiscal team oversight she develops and manages proposed budgets for operations and projects, grant reimbursements, identifies additional funding for growth opportunities and has streamlined financial processes.

Mike McDonal

Mike McDonal

Director, Regulatory Compliance and Industry Relations, Saucon Technologies

Mike has been involved in the transportation industry 35 years. He began his career in the truck rental and leasing business serving in sales and operational capacities as well as Director of Safety roles for many of the company’s leasing clients. Mike also served as Director of Human Resources and Safety for a large hazardous materials carrier serving the east coast with 250 vehicles and 325 drivers. In 2005, Mike joined the motor coach industry and served as General Manager for a large motor coach operation in the Baltimore Washington corridor. Mike was responsible for the day to day operation of a 70 bus fleet to include drivers, training, dispatch, operations, vehicle maintenance and cleaning crew. As Director of Regulatory Compliance for Saucon Technologies, Mike is responsible for working with companies to implement and coordinate not only the hours of service regulations but all appropriate FMCA and OSHA regulations. Mike has presented at over 50 passenger carrier events in the last 2 years. Mike was awarded the Safety Professional of the Year by the Maryland Motor Truck Association in 2004. Mike has served as the Chairman of the Safety Management Council in Maryland. He has also served in leadership positions to include Chairman of the Bus Industry Safety Council as well as the International Motor Coach Group Safety Council and Driver Training Committees. Mike currently serves as past Chair of the Bus Industry Safety Council and is Chairing the Bus MARC, the Bus Maintenance and Repair Council.

Robin Phillips

Robin Phillips

Executive Director, National RTAP

Robin Phillips joined National RTAP as Executive Director in 2014. She now has four and half years of experience with National RTAP and more than 20 years of experience working with transit and FTA programs. Ms. Phillips began working with transportation at Oregon DOT in 1997 to write a multimodal intercity policy and implement a program - the Oregon and Washington Intercity Networks were the first of many results. She worked with Greyhound to implement private match for FTA grants and other private operators to build strong connections with intercity, local and regional services. Ms. Phillips went to law school at Willamette University and has a BA in History from Reed College in Portland, OR. Robin practiced law for five years, including four years with US DOJ.

Mitch Skyer

Mitch Skyer

President & Co-Founder, Passio Technologies

Mitch Skyer began his transit career in 2002, founded Solstice Transportation Group in 2007, and co-founded Passio Technologies in 2010. He currently serves as president of both organizations, providing universities, corporations, airports, healthcare facilities and municipalities with technology and consulting for transportation and parking operations. Mitch serves in leadership roles for the Georgia Transit Association, the Parking and Transportation Association of Georgia, and is on the board of directors for the Mid South Parking and Transportation Association.  He earned an MBA from the University at Buffalo and has lived in suburban Atlanta for more than 25 years.

Mark Szyperski

Mark Szyperski

President/CEO, On Your Mark Transportation, LLC

Mark L. Szyperski is President/CEO of On Your Mark Transportation, LLC, a Consulting Firm for the Bus, Motorcoach, and Luxury Ground Transportation Industry. He has over 30 years public and private sector experience in the Bus, Motorcoach, and Limousine industry, working with over 100 companies in the United States, Canada, and Ireland. He has expertise in Section 5311(f), program review and guidance, operation implementation and grant preparation. He provides technical assistance in federal regulation compliance, operations staff training and development (including bus operator recruiting, hiring and training), marketing, route scheduling and dispatching, transportation management reviews, best practices and peer research, service planning, performance and financial analysis and sustainable funding, and public-private partnerships. Mark played a key role in transportation planning and execution for the 2010 Winter Olympics and the 2012 Democratic Convention. Mark learned the industry at an early age from his father a 33-year Greyhound bus operator. Prior to founding On Your Mark Transportation, LLC,  Mark served as Corporate Vice President of National Trailways Transportation System, He has developed, and implemented 5311(f) supported scheduled route service in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama. His work has expanded to help Intercity Bus Companies in the United States on route development and program management for 5311(f) programs.




News & Updates

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First-class workshops, seminars, panels, and roundtable discussions led by the brightest minds in the bus industry

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Relationship building, one-on-one meetings, and exclusive networking functions for registered operators

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Chris Pangilinan, Head of Global Policy, Public Transportation, Uber

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Testimonials

“Great experience! I got to network with companies that I do not see in local conferences. This will lead to savings for my company. I look forward to attending next years conference.”

-Ken Riley, Maintenance and Facility Manager, Island Transit, Coupeville

“Bus Con has a lot of value at a small price.”

-David Monsey, Owner, Avalon Executive Transportation of Indiana, Indianapolis, IN

This was our first experience exhibiting at BusCon & it was very positive. We reconnected with existing customers, showed them our new products & connected with many new customers. Within two days after the show, I had meetings set with new customers

-Christopher Kast, Business Development Manager, Veritech Inc., Whippany

“Another great year for BusCon. Appreciate the continued growth in the exhibitors providing a variety of products and services. The increasing number of educational session and focus on vehicle maintenance and evolving technologies are welcomed."

-Michael Terry, President & CEO, IndyGo, Indianapolis, IN

“My first time attending BusCon after it was suggested to me. I was able to learn enough about changing my fleet to propane buses that it took my fears away about cost and infrastructure needs. Well worth my trip.”

-John Stapleton, Executive Director, Delta area Transit Authority / Schoolcraft County Transit Authority, Escanaba, MI

Chris Goebel

“As a first time exhibitor at BusCon, I was very pleased with the show, network opportunities and evening events.”

-Chris Goebel , Vice President, United States Warranty Corporation, Cleveland, Ohio

“Great Experience! Excellent networking opportunities.”

-Bart Wyss, Director Distribution, Transportation & Logistics, UPMC, PA

Robert Losiniecki

“The one on one vendors were amazing...they just wanted to help even if they didn't have a product that I could use. I networked with other fixed route agencies. It was a great experience. Thanks BusCon!"

-Robert Losiniecki, Maintenance Director, Durham City Transit Company , Durham NC USA

James Wang

“An excellent way to network with all companies within the industry. It will broaden your view on whats out there and what can help. Highly recommended for any bus company that is trying to grow.“

-James Wang, Director of Operations, Peoria Charter. Urbana, IL

"This was Alexander Dennis Inc.'s first year exhibiting our E200 single deck bus at BusCon. Overall we had a great show & were very impressed with the amount of decision makers looking to gather more information that stopped at our bus display."

-Franco Paganuzzi, Product Sales Director - Single Deck, Alexander Dennis Inc., Canyon Lake

Jack Jackson

“BusCon continues to prove to be a leader among trade shows for us. We begin and seem to never have a chance to stop talking to prospects. We always reach our quota of leads and results of sales every year and can't wait to get back again."

-Jack Jackson, Owner, Awash Ecowash Systems Corp., Stoney Creek, ON, Canada

“BusCon is on the cutting edge of keeping the industry current on all new technologies.”

-Victoria Learn, Director of Maintenance, IndyGo, Indianapolis, IN

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