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Get Ready for BusCon

Posted on August 1, 2001 by LCT Staff - Also by this author

The seventh annual BusCon is set to take place this September 9-11, at the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland. BusCon is the nation’s only annual tradeshow that showcases every shape and size of bus, under one roof, at one time. Last year more than 70 vehicles were on display. Vehicles ranged from the most sophisticated, state-of-the-art corporate hospitality motor coaches to limousine buses and the ever-practical and efficient shuttle bus.

It Takes All Kinds

Attendees at BusCon come from a wide variety of industries: basically, anyone who is even thinking about buying a bus can benefit from attending this show. Last year’s show was the biggest in the event’s history, drawing almost 2,000 attendees. In addition to vehicle displays, the show will feature exhibitors from all areas of the bus industry, including insurance, leasing, seating, wheelchair lift, financing, air conditioning, engine, transmissions, tires, flooring, lighting, mobile communications and many other bus component industries. BusCon has grown into a show that occupies more than 100,000 square feet of exhibit space.

The editors of Metro magazine, one of the nation’s leading publications serving the mass-transportation market, have put together a cutting-edge seminar series. Topics include a state-of-the-industry address, insurance trends, driver training and retention, maintenance, new technologies, and government requirements and regulations. Also, for the first time, the Airport Ground Transportation Association (AGTA) will hold its fall meeting during BusCon. They will be running separate seminar tracks specifically targeting the challenges and trends impacting their industry.

What’s New

There will be a myriad of exciting new products launched at BusCon 2001.

Krystal Enterprises will be displaying its newest mid-sized bus. The KK30LF is based on the Ford F-550 with a heavy-duty, low-floor structure.

Federal Coach will feature its newest bus, with a 158-inch wheelbase and a passenger seating capacity of 14, which allows anyone with a valid driver’s license to operate the vehicle.

Michigan-based Champion Bus is introducing a completely redesigned CTS-model bus. The CTS has a European air-flow design and is built on a Freightliner or Workhorse chassis. Alternate fuels will be available.

Cleveland Rocks

During the summer, Cleveland really does rock and has become famous for its red-hot nightlife! The city of Cleveland has seen dramatic and dynamic growth in the last decade, with more than $12 billion being invested in the development of world-class attractions.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, the home of the world’s largest collection of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, is a short walk away. The spectacular $92 million building presently features a fascinating special exhibit on John Lennon. There are also endless entertainment options. The historic Warehouse District is a popular destination for live jazz and blues, trendy restaurants and nightclubs. The Flats area has more than 60 restaurants and clubs.

BusCon is one of Bobit Publishing Company’s group of shows, which include The LCT Show, which will be held March 16-19 at the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. This magazine is proud to be a co-sponsor of BusCon. For further information, call (800) 576-8788.

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