Sept 23-25, 2019 | Indiana Conv Center, Indianapolis, IN

2019 Schedule

Last updated: October 7, 2019


Monday, September 23, 2019

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Wabash West Foyer

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.


By the end of this course, participants will:

  • Gain a common understanding of transit asset management and what it means for Small Providers
  • Understand the requirements of the Final Rule on Transit Asset Management (49 CFR 625) for Tier II providers
  • Understand the benefits of a transit asset management plan and how it can be used to improve decision-making regarding the management of assets throughout their lifecycle

Understand how to develop a transit asset management plan and how to use the plan template ( to support their process.

Instructor: Margaret Akofio-Sowah​

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.

Room 109

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Room 108

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Room 110

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 & Check-In 2:00pm - 2:30pm

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

Room 127/128

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

As one of the fastest growing ground transportation companies in the US, Windy City Limousine always keeps one thing top of mind: customer service. But when customer expectations are on the rise and every fleet is competing to deliver great service, how does Windy City stand out?

Join us for a conversation with Windy City as they share the secrets behind their award-winning operations. Learn how Windy City: 

  • Delights their customers with real-time ETAs
  • Reduced calls to dispatch by 30%
  • Improved CSA scores by 50-75%
  • Saved over 500 hours of phone communication monthly

Presenters: Jack Owens, Samsara; Ryan Kaczmarski, Windy City Limos

Room 122

Suggested for Limo, Motorcoach and Shuttle Operators.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Using prognostics and telematics can help maintenance teams be more efficient while saving money. This session, hosted by Allison Transmission, will focus on how prognostics can help eliminate unnecessary oil and filter changes by monitoring various operating parameters, while telematics can help provide remote analysis of transmission diagnostic and prognostic information across an entire fleet of vehicles.

Presenters: Duane Colter and Saravanan Selvan, Allison Transmission

Room 125

Supported by      

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Wabash West Foyer

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Now that you have installed your ELD learn what technology and services have been developed to take you to the next level of compliance monitoring.

Presenters: Tom Holden, Bus Advisors; Mike McDonal, Saucon Technologies

Room 122

Suggested for Limo and Motorcoach Operators.

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Cummins will host a discussion on the best practices for maintenance of diesel engines in transit applications, which will focus on the recommended maintenance interval schedules, new procedures, and aftertreatment support.

Presenters: Kyle McDonald and Ryan Vaughn, Cummins

Room 125

Supported by      

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

High Velocity

(Located in the lobby of the JW Marriott and connected to the convention center by sky bridge.)

Kickoff the first night of BusCon at High Velocity!  See old friends and make new contacts, while enjoying horsd'oeuvres, local beer on tap and Monday Night Football.


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


Tuesday, September 24, 2019

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Wabash West Foyer

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: Gary Blazinsky and Jodi Glock, Harford Transit LINK; Jason Starr, Via Transportation

Room 122

Suggested for Transit, Shuttle and Paratransit Operators.

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; Chelsey Hohensee, MetroLINK

Room 123

Suggested for all Operators.

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. This session will also review the new FTA regulations and how to comply with them.

Presenter: Jeff Cassell, Motor Coach Safety Training Company

Room 124

Suggested for Transit, Paratransit, and Motorcoach.

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Easy to deploy and simple to use, cloud-based technology can make an impact in your maintenance shop. This session will focus on how asset maintenance can help you simplify the process, make gains in efficiency, improve compliance, and keep your shop in a state of good repair, as well as look into the future of automated maintenance, digitized maintenance instruction and manuals, and more. 

Presenter: G Satish, Connixt

Room 125

Supported by      

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Wabash West Foyer

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.

Presenters: Mitch Skyer, Passio Technologies; Scott Conroy, First Transit

Room 122

Suggested for all Operators.

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.

Presenters: Warren Perry, Bestmile; Jeff Peterson, First Transit

Room 123

Suggested for Transit, Paratransit and Shuttle Operators.

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, On Your Mark Transportation

Room 124

Suggested for Limo, Motorcoach and Shuttle Operators.

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, SCRTTC

Room 125

Supported by      

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Wabash West Foyer

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

With cities now taking a more holistic view of how to move residents to job centers, schools, and recreational activities, the solution has become a multipronged approach that includes public transit, TNCs, mobility on demand options, micromobility, and more. Our Keynote Address, delivered by Head of Global Policy for Public Transportation at Uber Chris Pangilinan, will take a look at how forging partnerships is helping to improve mobility in regions across the nation, as well as bringing new types of transportation providers to the table. It will also include Iowa DART's Luis Montoya who will provide a microcosm of how regions are adjusting to this new model.

Speakers: Luis Montoya, Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART); Chris Pangilinan, Uber

Room 120/121


12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Lunch 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm.

Lunch sponsored by 

Exhibit Halls A/B

12:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Room 108

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Exhibit Halls A/B

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tastings - A Wine Experience
Just a short walk from the Convention Center. (Exit onto W. Maryland St. and head north. Turn left on Illlinois St. Located on the corner of Illinois and Washington attached to the Conrad Hotel.)

Sponsored by the Exhibitors, this unique Indy experience is designed for everyone from the novice to the sommelier! You can try wines from all over the world and be confident that it is being served in its prime. Visit the Tastings Team on Tuesday at the METRO booth in the exhibit hall to find about more.

*Full Conference, Supplier or Transit Maintenance Badge required for entry. Exhibits Only pass-holders may purchase a separate ticket. Photo ID is required for this event.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Wabash West Foyer

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

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

Room 120/121

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.

Presenters: Jeff Clarke, NGV America;  Richard Jones, Davidson County Transportation System; Marty Sennett, CityBus; Greg Zilberfarb, Propane Education & Research Council

Room 122

Suggested for all Operators.

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, CURIS

Room 125

Supported by      

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Wabash West Foyer

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, Lead Senior Engineer, Booz Allen Hamilton

Room 125

Supported by      

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Building interagency relationships and recognizing shared goals can lead to improved services and economic benefits. This presentation will provide an overview of challenges and opportunities facing rural and tribal transit today, as well as explore where opportunities to partner with private operators exist and how to develop them.

Presenter: Robin Phillips, National RTAP

Room 122

Suggested for Paratransit, Motorcoach and Transit Operators.

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Lunch 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Exhibit Halls A/B

News & Updates

img 2019 Schedule Posted!

First-class workshops, seminars, panels, and roundtable discussions led by the brightest minds in the bus industry

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Relationship building, one-on-one meetings, and exclusive networking functions for registered operators

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Chris Pangilinan, Head of Global Policy, Public Transportation, Uber

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Check out the BusCon 2018 Recap!

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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

“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

"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

“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

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

“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

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

“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! 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

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

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

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

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