October 1-3, 2018 // Exhibit Hall Open October 2-3 // Indianapolis, IN

Transit Maintenance Forum

The 3rd annual forum is supported by METRO magazine and BUSRide.

With content created by a steering committee, BusCon's Transit Maintenance Forum (TMF) will give senior-level transit maintenance professionals the chance to learn about some of the latest issues they are facing in their operations.  Holding this event at BusCon also affords transit professionals the unique opportunity to network and share challenges with peers and keep up-to-date with the newest vehicles, technologies and products on the market today.

Transit Maintenance professionals can attend for $115, which includes the Transit Maintenance Forum, as well as access to BusCon's full educational program, networking events and 2-day exhibit hall access.



Steering Committee Members

Gary Glasscock

Former Vice President of Fleet and Facilities
VIA Metropolitan Transit (Retired)

Halsey King

Fleet Maintenance Consultant

Vicki Learn

Director of Maintenance

John Maddox

Transit Bus Technical Advisors

Rick Streiff

Fleet Design and Maintenance Manager Access Services
Los Angeles County


Last updated: May 16, 2018

Monday, October 1, 2018

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Registration Open

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Lithium-ion has become the chemistry of choice for virtually all modern electric applications, ranging from consumer electronics, such as smartphones, to electric transportation and large stationary grid-based energy storage systems. Designed as an introductory session that is open to all in the bus industry, Part 1 will begin with an overview of electrochemistry and a discussion on Li-ion characteristics and life expectancy.

Presenter: Dr. Mary Patterson, EnerDel, Inc.

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Networking Refreshment Break

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

In session two, we will take a deeper dive in batteries, with a discussion around cell components and designs that make for effective, safe battery solutions. Discussion topics include design components, cell safety, and cell testing. 

Presenter: Dr. Mary Patterson, EnerDel, Inc.

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Welcome Reception

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Registration Open

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

When rolling out a pilot program, it’s fine to have five buses and five chargers, but what do you do when you plan to scale your program to electrify your entire fleet of vehicles? This session will focus on best practices for upgrading infrastructure in your shop, as well as take a look at how some transit agencies are tackling the issue as they move toward a zero-emission fleet.

Presenters: Len Engel, solutionLAB, Inc.; Vicki Learn, Indianapolis Public Transportation

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Networking Refreshment Break

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Predictive Maintenance and Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) are two of the hottest topics in the industry right now. This session will take a look at how manufacturers are delivering more reliable, safe, and efficient vehicles using Big Data analytics and A.I. algorithms, which is also allowing fleets to prevent breakdowns and minimize maintenance costs.

Presenter: Ricardo Margalho, Stratio Automotive

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Networking Refreshment Break

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Keynote Address

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lunch in Exhibit Hall

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Open

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Happy Hour in Exhibit Hall

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

BusCon Night on the Town

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Registration Open

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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 Hronich, BAE Systems

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Networking Refreshment Break

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

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, Fleet Maintenance Consultant

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Open

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch in Exhibit Hall

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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

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

“Great Experience! Excellent networking opportunities.”

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

“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

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

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

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

“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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