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

Schedule

The 2018 schedule is coming soon! See what the 2017 Agenda included:

Last updated: March 14, 2018

Monday, September 11, 2017

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Wabash West Foyer

Registration Sponsored by

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Room 128
New technologies are being introduced every day, but often internal processes for managing the usage of tech is lagging. This session will discuss the past, present, and future of transit repairs and processes; best practices for today and tomorrow; and how to adapt these technologies so they can work for you. Also discussed ways and means to integrate technology and telematics to drive improved efficiencies.
Presenter: John Kay, Allison Transmission

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Wabash West Foyer

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Room 125
In what could be a possible solution for tight transit budgets, this approach to funding can allow public transits to reduce their capital outlay by contracting for just the service delivered. This often-overlooked formula is great method for engaging local, private bus companies in special projects and commuter services.
Presenter: Steve Klika, Kansas City Area Transit Authority (KCATA)

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3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Room 128
Using the power of data and analytics, Cummins is developing tools that will prevent unplanned breakdowns and give fleet operators the confidence to keep buses running on the road longer. Learn how Cummins’ digital solutions are making fleet managers’ lives easier while reducing downtime. 
Presenter: Arnab Das, Cummins Inc.

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Room 125
Inspectors don’t always get it right, and since their errors will show up in your Safety Measurement System scores, it is important to have the “errors” removed. The Data Q system was designed to submit appeals to have errant inspections removed. It is a critical tool for every operator. The cumbersome system should not be intimidating. This session will cover the appropriate process in filing Data Q’s and how to get results.
Presenter: Richard Gobbell, Gobbell Transportation Safety, LLC

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5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

BusCon Full Conference, Supplier or Transit Maintenance Badge required for entry. Attendees who have registered in advance can pick up their badges at NCAA Hall of Champions. No need to head to the Convention Center - just head over to the party! Exhibit Only Pass holders may purchase a separate ticket at registration. Registration hours will be extended for last minute ticket purchases.

It's just a short walk from the JW Marriott. Exit onto S. West St. and head north towards W. Washington St. Then turn left onto Indianapolis Cultural Trail and continue onto White River Trail. NCAA Hall of Champions will be on the right.

Shuttle service available from 5:15pm - 8:30pm and will continuously loop from the JW Marriott and NCAA Hall of Champions.  

Pick-up shuttles at West St. entrance.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Wabash West Foyer

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8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Room 125
With buses comprised of OEM, third-party, and aftermarket components, understanding how to navigate warranty coverages and get your vehicles serviced can be difficult. This session will attempt to eliminate the confusion and inject a better understanding on the topic, as well as touch on what services are available for operators.   
Moderator: Alex Roman, METRO Magazine
Presenters: Chris Goebel, United States Warranty; Rick Lehnert, Trans Air Manufacturing; Brent Maitland, MCI; John Walsh, Rev Group

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM


Room 126
Real-time expert advice from social media strategist, Aleja Seabron. Leave this lecture with an actionable plan in place for your social strategy.  This interactive discussion with outline understanding customer demographics, platforms and their purpose; content creation and curation; understanding your message; relating to your audience; consistency and engagement.
Presenter: Aleja Seabron, The LMC Group  

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

 

Room 128
As part of their overall program, APTA has developed standards for the procurement of electric buses. Here, we will take a look at those standards and discuss how they can best be implemented. We will also take a look at how the emerging technology is requiring the development of new courses to meet standards and how that challenge is being taken on.
Presenters: Nina Babiarz, Southern CA Regional Transit Training Consortium (SCRTTC);
Jeff Hiott, American Public Transportation Association (APTA)

This Transit Maintenance Forum session is open to all attendees.

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Wabash West Foyer

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM


Room 125
The decision to add electric buses to your fleet is huge! This session will not only take a look at the motives behind making the switch, but also the study put in on the front-end to determine how electric buses could work, as well as what the best application would be the best fit. Lessons learned from early testing will also be discussed.    
Moderator: Alex Roman, METRO Magazine
Presenters: Alma Allred, University of Utah; Vince Bruscas, Everett Transit; Chad Larsen, University of Utah; Michael Lewis, University of Texas

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM


Room 126
To operate safely requires drivers to remove or reduce risk in the 16 principle practices that drivers perform in operating a bus.  This session will discuss the safe behaviors for these 16 practices and will also explain the reasons why to follow these safety best practices, as well as how to establish them as a NORM, so they become habit.
Presenter: Jeff Cassell, Transit and Paratransit Company

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Room 127
Bill Faeth, founder of Limo University and a former operator of an $8 million limo and bus company will teach you how to implement simple automations into your website, social media, lead generation, and email marketing, allowing you to sell even while you sleep. 
Presenter: Bill Faeth, Limo University & Inbound Marketing Agents

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Room 128
As electric buses continue to become a popular option for fleets around the nation, developing a plan to charge those vehicles is a key to maximizing usage. This session will give you a look at the latest technologies on the market that use both conductive and inductive methods to charge vehicles, including how these solutions work, how they are evolving, and how they are being implemented at other operations.    
Presenters: Len Engel, Antelope Valley Transit Authority; Michael Masquelier, WAVE; David Warren, New Flyer 

 

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Wabash West Foyer

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Room 123/124
As connected/automated vehicle technology evolves and matures, it is only a matter of time before it has an impact on the overall transportation picture, as well as your business. In what is sure to be an interesting discussion, Scott Shogan, who has been engaged with the dynamic technology since its infancy, will discuss its potential effects on public and private bus and shuttle operators, as well the creation of new opportunities in a shared economy. 
Keynote Speaker: Scott Shogan, WSP USA

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM


Hall B

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12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Open
Hall B

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Hall B

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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

It’s just a short walk from the Convention Center and the JW Marriott. 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.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Wabash West Foyer

Registration Sponsored by

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

 

Room 128
Transit Asset Management (TAM), a hot topic from last year’s TMF, is now a reality. One of the main people involved at the FTA in writing the rule will provide an update on the current status of TAM, including a discussion on performance measures, asset hierarchy, and more. Also, the FTA’s Bus Testing Program team will discuss the latest in bus testing and answer questions from the audience. 
Presenters: Marcel Belanger, Federal Transit Adminsitration; Mshadoni Smith, Federal Transit Administration

 

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


Room 123/124

Metro Innovative Solutions Award & PERC Propane Autogas Fleet Award Presented by

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Room 125
Compliance is a complex subject that confuses many new limousine and other operators entering the industry, as well as veteran operators.  In this fast-paced class learn the required documents of a driver qualification file, maintenance files, and the new regulations surrounding electronic logs.
Presenter: Joe Guinn, Limo and Bus Compliance 

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Room 126
In addition to the environmental benefits, the possibility of alleviating strain on budgets has made alternative fuels attractive for bus operations. This session will discuss the preparations necessary before implementing alternative fuel vehicles, as well as provide a practical look at how alternative fuels can impact your operation. 
Moderator: Michael Taylor, Propane Education & Research Council
Presenters: David Cangany, South Bend Public Transporation Corporation (Transpo); Tom MacLennan, City of La Porte, Indiana

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Room 128

The biggest challenge in transit maintenance shops today is keeping staff up to date with training. Hear how training programs have been developed both in regional and individual agency settings to keep technicians on pace to grow their skills and careers.   
Presenters: Nina Babiarz, Southern CA Regional Transit Training Consortium (SCRTTC); Gary Glasscock, VIA Metropolitan Transit

 

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM


Room 127
Bill Faeth has seen it all in the ground transportation industry after working with over 400 motorcoach and limousine companies and growing his own company to $8.8 million in less than five years. Now, he is going to share with you how to build an internal infrastructure that will allow you to grow rapidly even in today's business climate. 
Presenter: Bill Faeth, Limo University & Inbound Marketing Agents

10:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Open
Hall B

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


Hall B

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Testimonials

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

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

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

“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

“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

2018 Sponsors & Supporters

Platinum
Forest River
Silver
Abilitrax
Bronze
GoExpress
Host Operator
IndyGo
Supporting Associations & Partners
ABA AGTA BMA BusRide CBA CIRTA ILA IMG INCOST KLA MBMCA MSBMA NAMO NEBA PRLA PERC Trailways UMA