Busworld North America Conference
Transit, school bus, motorcoach

Conference FEB 5-7, 2023

Location: Room 310A

Transit Bus - School Bus - Motorcoach

Some sessions will be focused on one segment, other sessions will be relevant for all. Watch out for the T - S - M indications. 

Please take note that the conference takes place Sunday, February 5 - Tuesday, February 7. The exhibition occurs Saturday, February 4 - Monday, February 6. This staggered schedule will allow for participation by attendees and exhibitors.

Program

2023, February 5th

DAY 1

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(S-M) Trends and Evolutions in the Insurance of Motor Coaches and School Buses

Lancer Insurance and National Interstate give their vision on matters related to insuring motor coach and school bus operations (vehicles, passengers, staff, depot, etc.). Presentations will be followed by an open discussion with all attendees.

SPEAKERS: 

  • Robert A. Crescenzo, Vice President of Loss Control, Lancer Insurance
  • Andrea Vidmar, Marketing Manager Passenger Transportation, National Interstate

MODERATOR: 

  • Ron Bast, Owner, Go Riteway Transportation Group, Oak Creek, Wisconsin
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(M) Lessons Learned from Aviation & International Collaboration

This panel will bring together experts from the aviation industry to elaborate on key points, concepts, and lessons learned from the industry’s transformation, modernization, and adaptation to customer trends. A 360-degree customer view caters to preferences across the whole journey, which gradually creates new business opportunities and room for innovation around topics like loyalty, rewards programs, dynamic ticket pricing, and more. And as the industry adjusts post-pandemic, the new normal for passengers means these processes should be seamless, contactless, hassle-free, and health-risk-free.

PLUS: CIT is the International Transport Industry Chamber of Commerce, an international collaborative platform for transport providers.  Come and find out if your participation in CIT can bring added value and cost-reduction for your company via international collaboration with other transport companies.

SPEAKERS:

  • Richard Velasquez, Director, Southwest Airlines

  • Dr. Marcelo Augusto de Felippes, CEO, International Transportation Industry Chamber

MODERATOR:

  • Mohi Morugesu, Delivery Manager, Endava
Organised by Endava
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(M-T) Infotainment Systems and Ancillary Revenue in Public Transit and Motorcoach Operations

Join this session to explore the world of infotainment from hardware to software, as well as the countless opportunities, new business models, and revenue streams created by the smart use of ancillary revenue streams. Customers worldwide are used to prime levels of entertainment and connectivity and expect access to their preferred modes of entertainment in transit as well. We will look at trends from other industries and how modern experiences allow for quicker time to market and fewer required investments to wow travellers on their trip from A to B.

SPEAKERS:

  • Pierre Gourdain, COO, Flixbus North America

  • Mark Lulic, Senior Financial Consultant – Financial Services & Payments, Endava

MODERATOR:

  • Steve Chaffee, Independent Mobility Consultant
Organised by Endava
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(M-T-S) Connectivity and IoT for improved Operations and Ridership

Dive deeper with us into the world of connected vehicles, which will touch on subjects like predictive maintenance, improved fleet management, and operations to help improve ridership. With more fleets moving to electric, predictive charging, route optimization, and smart fleet, deployments will become a critical success factor for bus operations. Join us on this panel to explore these topics and the effects of IoT on the passenger experience, safety, and more.

MODERATOR & KEYNOTE:

  • Steve Chaffee, Independent Mobility Consultant: Deriving High Value through Industrial IoT and Scalable Digital Solutions

SPEAKERS:

  • Dr. Ali Peker, CEO, ADASTEC

  • Steven Meersman, Co-Founder & Director, Zenobē

  • Vince Francis, Vice President Delivery Acceleration, Endava

Organised by Endava
2023, February 6th

DAY 2

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(M-T-S) The Role of the Bus, Motorcoach and School Bus in Multimodal Mobility as a Service

Look into the future with us, where mobility hubs will be part of significant parts of every city, passengers can seamlessly transfer between modes of transport, and payments for multimodal journeys occur on a per-trip basis with monthly mobility subscriptions. The travel experience is frictionless, flexible, and connected. We will explore the role of buses in multimodal Mobility as a Service systems and what strategies bus operators and public transit agencies can deploy to maintain the relevance and prominence of buses in the urban mobility ecosystem.

MODERATOR & KEYNOTE:

  • Tony Geara, Deputy Chief of Mobility Innovation, Detroit DoT

SPEAKERS:

  • Lydon Sleeper, East Policy Lead, Joby Aviation
  • Jonathan Margalit, Sr. Business Development Manager, E-Ink
Organised by Endava
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(M-T) Ticketing and Frictionless Payments

Be part of the discussion on innovations brought to the bus industry through payments, ticketing, and more. Many industries are evolving based on innovations in payments, subscriptions, and digital ticketing, as well as payments and settlement orchestrations, opening new possibilities for collaboration and exploring new business models. With customers’ credit cards now digitally ready at their fingertips, businesses need to ensure payments are as frictionless as possible.

SPEAKER:

  • Mark Lulic, Senior Financial Consultant - Financial Services and Payments, Endava

Organised by Endava
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(M-T-S) Overview of the ZE Bus and Motorcoach Implementation on the North American Market, compared to the rest of the world

Executives of the most important vehicle manufacturers present their ZE buses and motorcoaches and their vision on the future evolution in powertrains and fuels. How do they see prices evolving? What will be the solution(s) for long haul operations?

SPEAKERS:

  • Keynote: “Overview of the North American Bus and Motorcoach market”
    • Krishna Achuthan, Program Manager at Frost & Sullivan
  • High-level debate:
    • François Tremblay, President, Prevost & Volvo Buses North America (Volvo Buses)
    • Roman Cornell, President & CCO, ABC Companies
    • Fatih Kozan, President, TEMSA North America
    • Brent Maitland, Vice President Private Sector Sales & Marketing, Motor Coach Industries

MODERATOR:

  • Jan Deman, Managing Director, Busworld Foundation
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(M-T-S) Strategies for Scaling Charging & Hydrogen Infrastructure at Bus Depots

How are bus owner-operators designing for the electric depot of the future? What technologies and methods are helping to scale charging infrastructure while managing costs? What opportunities does hydrogen fueling provide for scaling a zero-emission fleet? What are options to outsource charging and/or hydrogen fueling equipment?

SPEAKERS:

  • Harman Singh, Deputy Chief Performance Officer, Sunline Transit Agency (CA)
  • Calvin Jones, Division Chief of Fleet Management Services, Montgomery County
  • Kyle Whatley, Zero Emission Vehicle and Sustainability Manager, San Diego MTS
  • John C. Andoh, Mass Transit Administrator & General Manager, County of Hawai’i Mass Transit Agency
  • Steven Meersman, Co-founder & Director, ZENOBE

MODERATOR:

  • Dan Raudebaugh, Executive Director, CTE
Organised by CTE
2023, February 7th

DAY 3

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(M-T-S) Fleet Operator & Utility Providers: Models for Collaboration

Bus electrification goes far beyond the vehicles themselves. Utilities are the new fuel provider and have a vested interest in ensuring successful fleet electrification efforts in their communities. What are some strategies that bus owner-operators, electric utilities, and third-party providers are using to build strong partnerships that ensure fleet electrification at scale?

SPEAKERS:

  • John Slot, Chief Innovation Officer, LYNX (Orlando Transit Agency)
  • Thomas Nealssohn, Director New Products and Market Development, Orlando Utility Commission
  • Rob Borowski, Sustainability Officer, CAPITAL METRO (Austin, Tx)
  • Mikel Oglesby, Executive Director of Transit, DDOT (Detroit Department of Transportation)
  • Utility Detroit, TBC

MODERATOR:

  • Steve Clermont, Director of Planning & Deployment, CTE
Organised by CTE
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(M-T) Zero Emission Options for Long-Range Applications

Will batteries in the future make 250+ mile operations possible, or is fuel cell & hydrogen the best technology for such lines? Is opportunity charging infrastructure for battery electric buses the solution for zero emission long haul operations or for full day electric bus operations in the city?

SPEAKERS:

  • Pierre Gourdain, COO, Flixbus North America
  • Brent Maitland, Vice President Private Sector Sales and Marketing, Motor Coach Industries
  • Roman Cornell, President & CCO, ABC Companies
  • Dominic Manuele, Vice President Maintenance & Engineering, Coach USA

MODERATOR:

  • Jason Hanlin, Director of Technology Development, CTE
Organised by CTE
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(M-T-S) Insurance Matters, Safety Matters and Depot Adaptations When Deploying Electric Buses, Motorcoaches and School Buses

The charging of electric buses or the fuelling of fuel cell and hydrogen vehicles involves new risk management. What are these risks? How to prevent them? And how do insurance companies react to the implementation of new energy buses and coaches in your company? What lessons can be learned from self-insured transit agencies?

SPEAKERS:

  • Doug Holcomb, General Manager/CEO, Greater Bridgeport Transit
  • Tommy Carnebo & Joey Peoples, Fire Safety Experts, DAFO Vehicle Fire Protection
  • Ashlee McLaughlin, Goverment Relations, Champaign Urbana Mass Transit District
  • Robert A. Crescenzo, Vice President Loss Control, Lancer Insurance

MODERATOR:

  • Erik Bigelow, Director of Midwest Operations, Electric School Bus Specialist, CTE
Organised by CTE

Conference partners

BUSRide logo US - BUSRide Magazine
CTE CTE (Center for Transportation and the Environment)
Endava Endava
Frost & Sullivan Frost & Sullivan
Mass Transit Logo US - Mass Transit
Frost & Sullivan logo
Knowledge Partner

Frost & Sullivan

As a knowledge partner at all Busworld events, Frost & Sullivan hopes to join hands with major stakeholders to promote a vision of safe, smart and sustainable transport.

They are also pleased to be able to offer all Busworld members a 10 to 15% discount on their studies.

To know more about Frost & Sullivan's Mobility Research, please feel free to contact: sathyanarayanak@frost.com

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