September 23-25, 2019 | Indiana Convention Center, 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: August 28, 2018

Monday, October 1, 2018

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: Hoosier Foyer

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Room 134

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

Location: Hoosier Foyer

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Room 134

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

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

Location: Hoosier Foyer

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Room 134

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

Location: Hoosier Foyer

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Room 134

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

Location: Hoosier Foyer

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Room 130/131

The challenge of providing transportation takes on particular significance in Los Angeles County, given its diverse population, daunting geographical scale, and near-iconic association with the car. Leveraging all options to deliver high-quality mobility requires an unprecedented vision, a commitment to testing ideas, and forging new partnerships. In this keynote address, Metro will provide a glimpse into the exciting, demanding, and often entertaining work of the Office of Extraordinary Innovation as it guides the transformation of travel in the region, especially by bus, in today’s mobility landscape.

Keynote Speaker: Nadine Lee, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Location: Hall J

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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

Location: Hoosier Foyer

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Room 134

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

Location: Hoosier Foyer

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Room 134

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

Room 134

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

Location: Hall J

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location: Hall J

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“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

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

"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

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

-Victoria Learn, Director of Maintenance, 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

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

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

“Great Experience! Excellent networking opportunities.”

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

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

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

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

“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

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