BusWorld Academy North America Schedule


  • Busworld Academy Opening Session

    The opening session will include high-level speakers from the local and federal government discussing the importance of bus and motorcoach travel throughout North America and sharing ideas on the future of transportation systems, sustainability, autonomy and fuel types in passenger transportation.

    Speakers include: Peter Pantuso, ABA; Jan Deman, Busworld Academy; Jim Mullen, Acting Administrator, U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration; Ryan Posten, Associate Administrator for Rulemaking, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; John Brennan, Chief Counsel, U.S. Federal Transit Authority; Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo. 6th), Ranking Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure; Elaine Chao, Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation (Invited);

    Monday / January 13
    09:30 AM — 10:15 AM

    Room 203/204

  • CEO Panel: The State & Future of the North American Bus & Motorcoach Market

    This session includes high-level representation from bus and motorcoach manufacturers from North America and around the world. Panelists will discuss the North American and worldwide bus and motorcoach market, as well as the trends that will affect the future of the industry, both in terms of manufacturing, regulations and the changing and diverse needs of the industry. 

    Speakers include: Keynote: Kaul Veerender, Frost & Sullivan; Roman Cornell, ABC Companies (Van Hool); Ian Smart, Motor Coach Industries (New Flyer); François Tremblay, Prevost (Volvo); Deniz Cetin, TEMSA; Ryan Popple, Proterra; Moderator: Ben Blunt, Concord Coach Lines

    Monday / January 13
    10:30 AM — 12:00 PM

    Room 203/204

  • Technological Challenges & Trends in Electric-, CNG/LNG- & Hydrogen Powertrains

    Panelists will present an overview of low and zero emission bus technology including vehicles, charging infrastructure or distribution of alternative fuels such as compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG) and discuss their first experiences with the technology.

    Speakers include: Daniel Gage, NGVAmerica (National Gas Vehicles for America); Erik Bigelow, Center for Transportation and the Environment; Becky Knox, Edison Electric Institute; JP Pelletier Motor Coach Industries (New Flyer); Gary Horvat, Navistar; Jeff Madura, Van Hool; Jean-Pierre Geelen, Yellow Window; Moderator: Jan Deman, Busworld Academy

    Monday / January 13
    02:45 PM — 03:45 PM

    Room 203/204

  • Implementing Electric & Alternative Fuel Bus & Motorcoach Operations

    This session will present an overview of best practices in implementing low and zero emission bus systems from several cities and manufacturers throughout the world. Panelists will discuss vehicles, charging infrastructure and the electrical grid, distribution systems for fuels, tendering processes and the implementation in their bus operations including training for mechanics and other staff.

    Speakers include: Marc Vanhoutte, (Retired) Transdev (Amsterdam Airport Region) Joachim Reinhard Danchell, Movia (Copenhagen); Bill Deville, Capital Area Transit System (New Orleans); Darryl Spencer, Dallas Area Rapid Transit; Malin Lindberg, Public Transit Authority (Stockholm); Darin Welt, WMATA (Washington, D.C.); Amy Cummings, RTC of Washoe County (Reno, Nev.); Moderator: Scott Bogren, Community Transportation Association of America

    Monday / January 13
    04:00 PM — 05:30 PM

    Room 203/204

  • Busworld Academy Reception

    Monday / January 13
    05:30 PM — 06:30 PM

    Marketplace Networking Floor

  • Driver Hiring, Training & Monitoring Best Practices

    This session gives an overview of the best practices through the world for driver hiring and training. Panelist will discuss cutting edge monitoring technologies that enhance driver performance and that focus on safety and customer service, as well as training methodologies including as gamification.       

    Speakers Include: Dr. Peter Lawrence, Fairport Central School District;
    Prof. Dr. Geert Wets, Transportation Research Institute, Hasselt University (Belgium); Luis Pedrero, Global Passenger Network (Spain); Loretta Bitner, U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA); Mauro Gaspar, SGM Meeting Solutions (Argentina);  Moderator: Don DeVivo, DATTCO, Inc.

    Tuesday / January 14
    09:00 AM — 10:15 AM

    Room 203/204

  • Public & Private Cooperation & Coordination between Cities, Transit and Private Bus Operators

    This session gives an overview on how public transit authorities and cities can and do cooperate with private motorcoach and bus operators throughout the world. Panelists will discuss their experiences and best practices for developing and enhancing such partnerships.

    Speakers include: Dr. Joseph Schwieterman, DePaul University; Anna Grönlund, Swedish Federation for Bus and Coach Operators; Scott Bogren, Community Transportation Association of America; Joachim Reinhard Danchell, Movia (Copenhagen); Darin Welt, WMATA Moderator: Charlie Zelle, Jefferson Lines

    Tuesday / January 14
    10:30 AM — 12:00 PM

    Room 203/204

  • Autonomy & "Mobility-As-A-Service" in the Bus & Motorcoach Industry

    Panelists will discuss the digitalization of on-board and off-board tools which will contribute to improved safety and better client experiences. Topics will include on-demand and crowdsourced technology and the evolution towards autonomous vehicles.

    Speakers Include: Marc Hofmann, CheckMyBus; Polina Raygorodskaya, Wanderu; Curt Simon, Omaha Metro; Pierre Gourdain, FlixBus USA; Eric Reese, Siemens; Alberto Lacaze, Robotic Research; Dan Finley, Pacific Western; Jack Hall, Contra Costa Transportation Authority; Brian Wynne, Association for Unmanned Vehicles International; Moderator and Keynote: Marko Javornik, Voyego by Comtrade

    Tuesday / January 14
    02:00 PM — 04:00 PM

    Room 203/204

  • Closing Session: The Plans of Busworld in North America

    The final session of the Busworld Academy will include summaries of key points made during the sessions and a closing statement from high-level officials as we look forward to Busworld and Busworld Academy 2021.

     

    Speakers include: Peter Pantuso, ABA; Charlie Zelle, ABA; Vincent Dewaele, Busworld International; Jan Deman, Busworld Academy

    Tuesday / January 14
    04:00 PM — 04:30 PM

    Room 203/204