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

2019 Schedule

Last updated: April 23, 2019

Monday, September 23, 2019

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Registration Open

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

This course provides an overview of and implementation guidance for Tier II providers intending to comply with the Transit Asset Management (TAM) Final Rule (49 CFR 625). Tier II providers are defined as federal transit funding recipients that own, operate, or manage one hundred or fewer vehicles in revenue service during peak regular service across all non-rail fixed route modes or in any one non-fixed route mode, subrecipients under the 5311 Rural Area Formula Program, or any American Indian tribe. The course is intended to outline the requirements, underlying TAM principles, improve transit asset management understanding and practices among smaller providers, and provide support to Tier II parties charged with implementation of the asset management requirements, including: Group TAM Plan Sponsors, such as State Departments of Transportation or Metropolitan Planning Organizations; subrecipients with more than one hundred vehicles in bus only revenue service; and subrecipients with one hundred or fewer vehicles in revenue service that have chosen to opt-out of a Group TAM Plan. This course is directed at mid- and senior-level managers from TAM Plan sponsoring agencies (Group Plan Sponsors and Group Plan Opt-outs), who will be responsible for the implementation of the TAM Final Rule within their agencies.

Presenter: TBD

RSVP when you register for BusCon. First come, first serve. 50 attendees only. CEUs available.

The National Transit Institute, at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, was established under the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 to develop, promote, and deliver training and education programs for the public transit industry.


2:00 PM - 5:15 PM

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 open to Operators who are registered for BusCon full conference or exhibits only passes and is designed to promote relationship building and includes one-on-one meetings and exclusive networking functions. Operators can learn more here.

Below is the BusCon Connect Schedule:

Welcome Reception 2:00pm - 2:30pm

Room 126

One-On-One Appointments 2:30pm - 5:15pm

Room 127/128

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Ever wonder what other fleets are doing to achieve success? Join this session to learn how industry leaders drove measurable impact through new, easy-to-deploy programs, and how to implement those strategies to your fleet operation.

Presenter: Sherry Wu, Samsara

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Networking Break

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Session Topic Coming Soon!

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

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

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Registration Open

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: Lawrence Moore, King County Metro; Dan Walker, Hopelink; Gary Blazinsky and Jodi Glock from Hartford Transit LINK


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


8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

The MAP-21 compliance date of February 2020 is fast approaching. Ensuring compliance means first understanding the more than 90 requirements of the regulations and when these must be fully implemented in your organization. This session will focus on identifying how to comply with the expectations of MAP-21 while also providing insights into how it might have to change your driver management strategies.

Presenters: Tim Ammon, Transpar Group

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Transit Maintenance Forum: Session Topic Coming Soon!

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Networking Break

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.

Speaker: Mitch Skyer, Passio Technologies

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.

Presenter: Warren Perry, Senior Director Business Development Best Mile 


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, President/CEO On Your Mark Transportation

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 from the SCRTTC

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Networking Break

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Keynote Address

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Lunch 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm.

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Room 125

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Happy Hour in Exhibit Hall

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Registration Open

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

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


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.

Presenter: PERC officials, NGVAmerica 

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 of CURIS

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Networking Break

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, Booz Allen Hamilton

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Session Topic Coming Soon!

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Lunch 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm.

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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

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

-Victoria Learn, Director of Maintenance, 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

“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

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

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

"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

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

“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

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! 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

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