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

Welcome Transit and Paratransit Professionals!

                 

Come and learn about all the latest trends in transit, including a look at electric buses, autonomous vehicles, and a keynote address that will discuss how forging partnerships can help boost the services public transit offers to their communities. Also featured is a special training session from the National Transit Institute and the return of the Transit Maintenance Forum, which focuses on all the latest topics staff is facing in the shop. In addition to all that, BusCon also gives you the opportunity to network with your public transit peers, as well as peers from other bus industries.

Highlighted Transit/Paratransit exhibitors include:

  • Alexander Dennis
  • ARBOC Specialty Vehicles
  • BYD
  • Complete Coach Works
  • MobilityTRANS
  • MCI
  • New Flyer
  • Proterra
  • AMF Bruns
  • Braunability
  • Driverge
  • LiquidSpring
  • Q’Straint
  • Rosco Vision Systems
  • Safe Fleet
  • Transit & Paratransit Company
  • United States Seating

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Last updated: August 5, 2019

Monday, September 23, 2019

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Wabash West Foyer

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Using prognostics and telematics can help maintenance teams be more efficient while saving money. This session, hosted by Allison Transmission, will focus on how prognostics can help eliminate unnecessary oil and filter changes by monitoring various operating parameters, while telematics can help provide remote analysis of transmission diagnostic and prognostic information across an entire fleet of vehicles.

Presenters: Duane Colter and Saravanan Selvan, Allison Transmission



Room 125

Supported by      

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Wabash West Foyer

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Cummins will host a discussion on the best practices for maintenance of diesel engines in transit applications, which will focus on the recommended maintenance interval schedules, new procedures, and aftertreatment support.

Presenters: Kyle McDonald and Ryan Vaughn, Cummins



Room 125

Supported by      

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.

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Easy to deploy and simple to use, cloud-based technology can make an impact in your maintenance shop. This session will focus on how asset maintenance can help you simplify the process, make gains in efficiency, improve compliance, and keep your shop in a state of good repair, as well as look into the future of automated maintenance, digitized maintenance instruction and manuals, and more. 

Presenter: G Satish, Connixt


Room 125

Supported by      

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

Transit agency techs/mechanics need to familiarize themselves with all-electric high voltage transit vehicles. This session will take a look at required personal protective equipment, preparations that are necessary prior to working on or near high-voltage systems, and more.

Presenter: Mike Brock, SCRTTC


Room 125

Supported by      

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.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Is your fleet prepared? Mitigate your liability with staff, ridership, and reputation by learning valuable information to keep your fleet operational during a biological sentinel event. Learn key TRB mandates, master infection control protocols, and successfully navigate the challenges of contagious diseases threatening transportation today.

Presenter: Frances Grinstead, CEO, CURIS


Room 125

Supported by      

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Wabash West Foyer

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

What’s new with Altoona Testing? How has the testing of buses changed as battery-electric buses begin taking deeper route the industry? Hear it straight from the source during a session that will provide updates on the testing procedure, as well as a Q&A with Altoona Testing officials.

Presenters: David Klinikowski, Director, Bus Research and Testing, Assistant Research Professor Larson Transportation Institute, Penn State University; Stephen Brady, Lead Senior Engineer, Booz Allen Hamilton


Room 125

Supported by      

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Building interagency relationships and recognizing shared goals can lead to improved services and economic benefits. This presentation will provide an overview of challenges and opportunities facing rural and tribal transit today, as well as explore where opportunities to partner with private operators exist and how to develop them.

Presenter: Robin Phillips, National RTAP


Room 122

Suggested for Paratransit, Motorcoach and Transit Operators.

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Lunch 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Exhibit Halls A/B

Relevant Transit/Paratransit 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. 

Stephen Brady

Stephen Brady

Lead Senior Engineer, Booz Allen Hamiton

Mr. Brady is a licensed Professional Engineer with more than 28 years of experience in vehicle engineering and testing and wind tunnel testing. Testing experience includes heavy duty trucks and buses, aircraft, fuel-cell, electric, hybrid, and solar-powered vehicles as well as rail vehicles. Mr. Brady has supported the FTA Bus Testing Program for more than 25 years as well as other Federal, State and commercial agencies and organizations.

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.

Frances Grinstead

Frances Grinstead

CEO, CURIS System

Frances Grinstead has been working in bio-decontamination for over a decade and has been at the forefront of innovation in high-level disinfection in high tra­ffic facilities nationally and internationally. As the first to develop a truly portable decontamination device and the first to establish a bio-decontamination service for the purpose of outbreak control, she has created a market that others now emulate, all in an effort to improve innovation and understanding of infection prevention and control. Specializing in organizations with high traffic areas, she has personally worked with multiple facilities to develop and implement fact-based programs to minimize risks, helping prevent the spread of infectious disease.

Chelsey Hohensee

Chelsey Hohensee

Manager of Operations, MetroLINK

Chelsey Hohensee is Manager of Operations at the Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District (MetroLINK), which is based in Moline, Illinois and provides fixed-route, paratransit, and passenger ferryboat services within the Illinois Quad Cities. Chelsey currently oversees MetroLINK’s operations, maintenance, and facilities departments.  Prior to joining MetroLINK in 2011, Chelsey spent four years as Senior Planner with the Bi-State Regional Commission, which serves as the MPO in the Greater Quad Cities Area. 

 

Mark Kerstens

Mark Kerstens

VP, Global Fleet Solutions, ChargePoint

Mark Kerstens leads ChargePoint’s Global Fleet Solutions team. Prior to this role he managed strategic sales throughout Europe for the company. Mark has more than 20 years in the energy industry across the U.S., U.K., France and Poland serving in senior roles at global energy companies including BP. In addition, he’s held positions as the Chief Sales & Marketing Officer and later the CEO of a Silicon Valley based solar technology startup. He currently resides in San Francisco.

David Klinikowski

David Klinikowski

Assistant Research Professor, Penn State University, Larson Institute

David Klinikowski serves as director of the Bus Research and Testing Center operated by the Larson Institute at Penn State. The Bus Research and Testing Center, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, employs a staff of approximately 30 engineers, technicians, mechanics and administrative support staff. The testing program is actively researching and testing new transit technologies, vehicle emissions, test methods, advanced materials and propulsion systems, vehicle durability, reliability, safety and performance. Mr. Klinikowski's responsibilities also include the direction of the test track operations at the Larson Institute's Research and Testing Facility, located in State College, Pa.

Kyle McDonald

Kyle McDonald

Regional Support Manager, Cummins Inc.

Regional Support Manager for the NA Bus market located in Columbus, Indiana. Kyle has been with Cummins for 5 years, 4 of which were spent in Powertrain Integration Engineering working on vehicle performance features for On-Highway HD Trucks.

Warren Perry

Warren Perry

Senior Director Business Development, North America, Bestmile

As Senior Director of Business Development for North America, Warren is responsible for business alliances and partnerships in the eastern United States and for helping public and private mobility service providers plan, deploy, and manage new mobility services. Warren brings 30+ years of successful software sales and business development experience in the fields of fleet management, route optimization, geospatial platforms, and more. Prior to joining Bestmile, Warren was Vice President of Sales at fleet management software company Telogis (acquired by Verizon), and at mapping software maker deCarta (acquired by Uber).

Jeff Peterson

Jeff Peterson

Director of Business Development - Autonomous Technology, First Transit

Mr. Jeff Peterson has more than 20 years of sales experience, including nearly a decade of experience in technology-focused roles.  He joined First Transit in 2016 and leads the company’s pursuit and development of shared autonomous vehicle opportunities.  Throughout his career, Jeff has fostered relationships with potential clients to fully understand their needs and develop strategies to achieve their goals.  To this end, he works with operations teams and senior leadership to identify the best solutions for its clients’ mobility needs.  Jeff has been instrumental in First Transit’s growth and leadership in the automated vehicle space, and plays a vital role in the company’s strategic direction in this emerging market.

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.

G Satish

G Satish

CEO, Connixt, Inc.

G Satish is the co-founder and CEO of Connixt, a cloud-mobile solutions provider focused on Asset Integrity and Force Efficiency for the transit, OEM and utility industries. Satish is a serial entrepreneur with a successful international track record in complex, enterprise, mobile and big data / analytics solutions for asset-intensive industries. Connixt’s pre-built cloud-based mobile apps digitize maintenance, inspection and workshop processes and workflows within days. Connixt implementations integrate with multiple back-end systems with minimal IT impact to deliver process efficiencies, out-of-the-box reporting and automated condition-based workflows. Transit customers have used Connixt to digitize processes related to SGR, MAP21, safety and compliance, Daily inspection reports, condition assessment and maintenance planning.

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.

Ryan Vaughn

Ryan Vaughn

Customer Support Manager, Cummins Inc

Ryan is the Customer Support Manager for the NA Bus and Off-Highway markets located in Columbus, Indiana. He has been with Cummins for 11 years in various service engineering and customer support roles, with 9 years focused on bus. Prior to Cummins he worked on heavy equipment in a Southern Indiana coal mine for 3 years. He has spent his entire life to date working on various junk machines on a family farm, also in Southern Indiana.




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“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

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

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

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

"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

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

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

“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

Robert Losiniecki

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

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