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


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Last updated: July 11, 2018

Monday, October 1, 2018

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Registration Open

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This revised half-day seminar for non-procurement senior leadership and board members, offers senior leadership a better understanding of the rationale, functions, and general process of third-party contracting for FTA grantees. It provides an overview of major elements of an acceptable procurement program. Some of the themes of the seminar are competence and training, teaming and partnering internally and externally, supporting advance planning of procurements, and adhering to pre-established procedures. Topics include:

  • Principles of Procurement
  • The Procurement Process
  • Roles and Responsibilities

RSVP required.  First come, first serve. 50 attendees only.  CEUs available.

Presenter: Paul Larrousse, National Transit Institute

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.​

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.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Are you a limousine operator looking to add your first coach? Are you a coach operator looking to add chauffeured vehicles? This session will discuss all of the important things you should know before making the big leap to diversify your company’s services and improve your bottom line.

Moderator: Michelle Wiltgen, National Interstate
Presenters: Jodi Merritt, H&L Charter Co., Inc.; Sal Milazzo, Signature Transportation Group

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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.

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Things on Capitol Hill have changed quite a bit and so have important federal laws and regulations that impact your bus operation. Come find out all the latest so you can stay ahead of the curve and remain in compliance.

Presenter: Ken Presley, United Motorcoach Association

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5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Kickoff the first night of BusCon at Crane Bay!  See old friends and make new contacts, while enjoying a hosted bar and hors d'oeuvres.

It’s just a short walk from the Convention Center. Exit onto W. Maryland St. and head west towards S. West St. Turn left on S. West St. Turn right on W. Merrill St. and Crane Bay will be on the left.

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

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Registration Open

8:00 AM - 1:00 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.

RSVP required.  First come, first serve. 50 attendees only. CEUs available.

Presenter: Scott Baker, National Transit Institute

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.​

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

As the ideal of mobility shifts, so has the way transportation providers are providing services to their riders. By focusing on forging partnerships, many bus operations have found that they can provide more service with fewer vehicles, while also saving money along the way.

Presenters: Alva Carrasco, Sacramento Regional Transit; Ed Eucker, Senior Transportation Connection, Cat Kealey, TransLoc


8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

While a large majority of electric bus usage has occurred in public transit, bus operators of all kinds are embracing the technology as municipalities around the nation look to lessen their carbon footprints. Hear how operators are using their electric buses and if they are finding success in fuel savings, maintenance costs, and more.

Presenter: Erik Bigelow, Center for Transportation and the Environment; Nancy Brown, Duluth Transit Authority; Steven Wilson, Indianapolis Airport Authority

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: Jewels Carter, WSP; Len Engel, solutionLAB, Inc.; Vicki Learn, IndyGo

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Networking Refreshment Break

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Tomorrow’s technology is here today. This session will take a look at autonomous vehicles, including what ideal applications for shuttles look like, how the tech will impact people with disabilities, and what the future may look like if pilot projects continue to prove successful.

Presenters: Scott Conroy, First Transit; James McLary, McLary Management


9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

There are options for those fleets who would like to be more environmentally sound. This session will take a look at those solutions, including propane and hybrid-electric systems, to discuss not only how the technologies work, but also how they are paying big dividends at operations around the nation.

Presenter: Jill Drury, Charlevoix County Transit

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; David Warren, New Flyer

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Networking Refreshment Break

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Keynote Address

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Open

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Come for a night of food, drinks and friendly competition featuring bowling, darts, ping pong, karaoke, 80’s arcade and games.

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

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

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

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.

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9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Take a look at the evolution of current bus and motorcoach safety technologies – including collision mitigation – and learn how these systems will continue to play a key role in the growth and advancement of automated and autonomous commercial vehicles.

Presenter: Fred Andersky, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Come to this session to find out which markets are on each social platform, what types of content you should be publishing, and when to pitch your product. This session is for beginner and intermediate social media managers and jacks of all trades.

Presenter: Aleja Seabron, The LMC Group

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 Hroncich, BAE Systems

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Networking Refreshment Break

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Dangerous germs such as hepatitis A and this year’s flu have wreaked havoc and virtually paralyzed bus facilities across the country from providing routine service. Learn how to prevent transmission from passengers to drivers to your facility, as well as what actions and tools you can implement right now.

Presenter: Frances Grinstead, CURIS System

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Session discusses an understanding of why servant leadership and acts of service are so important and vital to running a successful business; how to engage your employees in the process of servitude; and how the culture of servitude must be embodied by the entire organization for the process to be a success, which starts with its leaders.

Presenter: Kevin Egan, EGAN - Transportation Logistics Consultants

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

With senior technicians retiring in great numbers, able and ready replacements in short supply, and buses getting more complex with each passing year, transit agencies are struggling to keep an adequately staffed and skilled workforce. A time-tested method of passing skills from one generation to the next is through apprenticeship, where the majority of training takes place on the job through mentoring. This session will examine a national effort by the Transportation Learning Center and the Department of Labor to establish a registered apprenticeship program specifically for transit bus technicians.

Presenter: John Schiavone, Transportation Learning Center

10:45 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, Halsey King & Associates

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

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“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

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

“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

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

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

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