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

Transit and Paratransit Offerings

BusCon offers dedicated educational content catering to the public transit and paratransit industries, networking opportunities, and an exhibit hall featuring the latest in transit and paratransit vehicles, shuttle buses and technology and equipment - find everything you need to run an efficient operation!

See these exhibitors: 

Alexander Dennis, ARBOC, BYD, Complete Coach Works, Elkhart Coach, Glaval, MCI, New Flyer, New England Wheels, Starcraft Bus, Vicinity Bus, and many more!

Attend these targeted sessions for transit and paratransit professionals:

Last updated: August 28, 2018

Monday, October 1, 2018

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: Hoosier Foyer

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Room 135

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

CEUs available.
50 attendees only. Space is Full

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

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 132

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

Room 133

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.

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

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Location: Hoosier Foyer

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Room 132

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

Room 133

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; Eric Foellmer, XL | Fleet Electrification; Michael Taylor, Propane Education & Research Council

10:15 AM - 1:00 PM

Room 135

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.

CEUs available.
50 attendees only. Space is full. 

Presenter: Margaret-Avis Akofio-Sowah, WSP USA

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.​

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

Sponsored by

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: Hall J

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: Hall J

Sponsored by

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

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Room 130/131

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

Awards Presented by

   

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Room 132

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

Room 133

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

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Location: Hoosier Foyer

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Room 132

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

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Location: Hall J

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location: Hall J




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