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

Buyer Information




Bus Buyers - Be our Guest at BusCon Connect!
Full Scholarships Available.

What is BusCon Connect?
BusCon Connect
 is a funded* program taking place at BusCon designed to connect bus buyers with vehicle, product and technology solution providers in various settings that promote relationship building ­– including one-on-one meetings  and exclusive networking functions.  We are providing scholarships that include travel and lodging for a select group of operators who apply and meet certain qualifying criteria.

What Are the Benefits of Participating?  
Do you find it difficult to keep up to date with all the latest technology; do you find it difficult to get quality time with exhibitors at trade shows; do you have to justify your trips with a supervisor? Let us take the burden away. BusCon will provide you with your own personal schedule, matching your procurement needs with the best suppliers in the industry. We will ensure that you maximize your time at the show and find solutions to your needs. All at a minimal expense to you or your operation!

Tell Me More About Who I Will Meet.
You'll be able to select to meet with any of BusCon’s exhibiting companies in categories that include: vehicle manufacturers, software, technology, video surveillance, bus components, HVAC, mobility/special needs, training, alternative fuels and more.

How Can I Participate and What Does it Include?
The first step for all prospective buyers is to fill out the brief online application that asks for information about your fleet and planned purchases coming up in the next 6-18 months.  Your application will be reviewed and you will receive notification on whether you have been accepted within three weeks of submission.

Those accepted will receive hosted travel that is limited to: roundtrip airfare to Indianapolis, a two-night hotel stay, roundtrip transfers from Indianapolis airport to the hotel and scheduled meals in the program.*  In exchange for the hosted travel, all Operator Guests agree to participate in 12-minute, private, one-on-one meetings with exhibitors and attend the networking dinner reception  and a breakfast.  Operator Guests will also have free time to visit the exhibit hall and attend education sessions on their own.

How Does it Work?
We will match up the participating buyers and exhibitors for one-on-one meetings based upon corresponding needs.  Each buyer will be provided with a personalized meeting schedule along with detailed information about the exhibitor you will meet.  Exhibitors will have received information about you in advance so they will be able to prepare for a discussion tailored to your specific needs. 

Other elements of the program include a special networking reception and a breakfast for BusCon Connect participants only.  These informal activities help you meet prospective suppliers and form meaningful connections in an environment conducive to relationship-building.

The 2019 application is coming this fall.

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Lanphear, Conference Manager at (310) 533-2476.

*Incidentals, transportation to and from your home airport, baggage fees and parking not included.

*If you are unable to receive a scholarship, you are still eligible to apply to participate. 

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"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

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

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

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

“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

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

-Victoria Learn, Director of Maintenance, IndyGo, 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

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

“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

“Great Experience! Excellent networking opportunities.”

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

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

“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

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