September 23-25, 2019 | Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, IN

BusCon Connect

The Express Route to New Business Connections

BusCon Connect is a program at BusCon that is designed to connect operator buyers with exhibiting suppliers. The program is designed to promote relationship building and includes one-on-one meetings and exclusive networking functions. 

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Last updated: August 28, 2018

Monday, October 1, 2018

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: Hoosier Foyer

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Kickoff the first night of BusCon at Crane Bay!  See old friends and make new contacts, while enjoying a hosted bar and hors d'oeuvres.

It’s just a short walk from the Convention Center. Exit onto W. Maryland St. and head west towards S. West St. Turn left on S. West St. Turn right on W. Merrill St. and Crane Bay will be on the left.

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

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

7:45 AM - 8:30 AM

Room 136

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Location: Hoosier Foyer

8:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Room 137/138

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Room 130/131

The challenge of providing transportation takes on particular significance in Los Angeles County, given its diverse population, daunting geographical scale, and near-iconic association with the car. Leveraging all options to deliver high-quality mobility requires an unprecedented vision, a commitment to testing ideas, and forging new partnerships. In this keynote address, Metro will provide a glimpse into the exciting, demanding, and often entertaining work of the Office of Extraordinary Innovation as it guides the transformation of travel in the region, especially by bus, in today’s mobility landscape.

Keynote Speaker: Nadine Lee, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Location: Hall J

Sponsored by

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: Hall J

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: Hall J

Sponsored by

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Come for a night of food, drinks and friendly competition featuring bowling, darts, ping pong, karaoke, 80’s arcade and games.

It’s just a short walk from the Convention Center. Exit onto W. Maryland St. and head east towards S. Meridian St. Turn right on S. Meridian St. and Punch Bowl Social will be on the right.

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

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Location: Hoosier Foyer

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Room 130/131

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

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9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Room 132

Take a look at the evolution of current bus and motorcoach safety technologies – including collision mitigation – and learn how these systems will continue to play a key role in the growth and advancement of automated and autonomous commercial vehicles.

Presenter: Fred Andersky, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Room 133

Come to this session to find out which markets are on each social platform, what types of content you should be publishing, and when to pitch your product. This session is for beginner and intermediate social media managers and jacks of all trades.

Presenter: Aleja Seabron, The LMC Group

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Room 134

Technology is evolving at a rapid rate and half of the challenge is knowing what is coming down the pipeline. This session will take a look at the benefits that can be derived from having all-electric accessories on diesel and CNG buses, as well as a revolutionary technology that can drastically improve the smoothness of your paratransit vehicles’ ride.

Presenters: Carl Harr, LiquidSpring LLC; John Hroncich, BAE Systems

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Location: Hoosier Foyer

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Room 132

Dangerous germs such as hepatitis A and this year’s flu have wreaked havoc and virtually paralyzed bus facilities across the country from providing routine service. Learn how to prevent transmission from passengers to drivers to your facility, as well as what actions and tools you can implement right now.

Presenter: Frances Grinstead, CURIS System

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Room 133

Session discusses an understanding of why servant leadership and acts of service are so important and vital to running a successful business; how to engage your employees in the process of servitude; and how the culture of servitude must be embodied by the entire organization for the process to be a success, which starts with its leaders.

Presenter: Kevin Egan, EGAN - Transportation Logistics Consultants

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Room 134

With senior technicians retiring in great numbers, able and ready replacements in short supply, and buses getting more complex with each passing year, transit agencies are struggling to keep an adequately staffed and skilled workforce. A time-tested method of passing skills from one generation to the next is through apprenticeship, where the majority of training takes place on the job through mentoring. This session will examine a national effort by the Transportation Learning Center and the Department of Labor to establish a registered apprenticeship program specifically for transit bus technicians.

Presenter: John Schiavone, Transportation Learning Center

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Room 134

Typically, bus fires can occur in a static or dynamic situation. In either case, they cause high anxiety and can be very expensive, especially if it’s a total loss. Fires always leave telltale evidence of their progression — but not always of their starting point, which is more commonly known as ignition point. This presentation will review a number of fascinating facts about bus fires and give participants insight into the work of a fire investigator in hopes of preventing bus fire situations at your operation.

Presenter: Halsey King, Halsey King & Associates

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Location: Hall J

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location: Hall J




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Testimonials

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

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

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

“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

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

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

“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

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, Maintenace Director, Durham City Transit Company , Durham NC USA

2018 Sponsors & Supporters

Platinum
Forest River
Silver
Abilitrax Ford HSM Terrapin Blue Turbo
Bronze
Brigade GoExpress MCI
General
300 Below
Host Operator
IndyGo
Supporting Associations & Partners
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