The Indiana Convention Center
is one of the largest in America, with a striking contemporary look and connected by skywalks to many hotels.
BusCon is the place to buy products and learn the bus business, for any limo operator. This year, the event will be held Sept. 15-17 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. The venue sits in the heart of the state capital, next to the Lucas Oil Stadium, which hosted the 2012 Super Bowl. The site has numerous near-by attractions for attendees.
The show floor will be stocked with the latest limo buses, executive shuttles, and full-size motorcoaches that serve the chauffeured and charter bus transportation industries.
Operators can view some of the latest models put out by premiere bus and coach manufacturers, including Turtletop, Federal Coach, Meridian Specialty Vehicles, Newport Coach Works, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, and many more. BusCon also has educational seminars ideal for limo operators venturing into the charter and tour segment, with speakers from the United Motorcoach Association and leading consulting and research firms. Operators can learn about how to safely and successfully operate a profitable charter bus business.
To register, go to: http://www.busconexpo.com/register.
Notable Vehicles On Display
The BusCon Expo features buses from every facet of ground transportation, including public transit. However, a sizeable number of vehicles cater to the chauffeured transportation business, such as shuttles, limo and executive buses and vans, and motorcoaches. Here are some vehicles that will be on display that would interest limo operators:
The Ford Transit
The Ford Transit premiered at BusCon last year in Chicago. As it has rolled out through 2014, limo operators and coach builders anticipate the latest models and modificiations. Ford recently upfitted a Transit for a promotion to showcase the versatility of the chassis.
TurtleTop has different models that specialize in custom interiors for executive transportation. The Odyssey XL is built for large group transport and is often converted into mobile command centers and offices. The Vanterra XLT (shown here) makes for a practical executive shuttle.
Meridian Specialty Vehicles will show off its futuristic glass doorway that seals into place with a cutaway top that makes for easy entry and exit. The Meridian Sprinter has plush leather seating and a quiet interior that creates a classy executive transportation vehicle.
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van
The classic van that has become a staple in chauffeured transportation will be displayed in all of its various models, with different interior floor plans and wheelbases.
For charter operators, the MCI J4500 Coach marks the premiere long-distance, and large-group travel bus.
The Turkish-built, high-tech TS 30 has a unified monocoque construction with sharp handling and packs passenger comfort into a mid-sized motorcoach.
Speakers and Seminar Sessions For Limo Operators
Limo operators who manage a bus or motorcoach fleet, no matter the size, should take note of the following sessions.
Understanding the FMCSA Safety Management Cycle
Monday, Sept. 15, 3:30 pm to 5 pm
Presented by the COO of the United Motorcoach Association, Ken Presley, this session will cover the “Safety Management Cycle,” which is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s signature tool behind its investigative process. This multi-step system provides safety investigators and motorcoach operators with a step-by-step process that goes beyond just identifying violations, and gets to the “why” behind particular safety issues.
Creating a Driver Training Program from Start to Finish
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 8:30 am to 9:30am
Louie Maiello and Steve Mentzer of L-3 D.P. Associates, experts in training solutions for motorocoach operators, will discuss the importance of creating an end-to-end driver training program, using multiple resources (including driving simulators), and then incorporating them into daily operations.
BusCon Welcome ReceptionMonday, Sept. 15, 2014 5:30 pm to 7 pm
The opening reception will be at the Crowne Plaza in Downtown Union Station’s Grand Hall where attendees can network in the historic Romanesque-revival designed building.
Night on the TownTuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, 5 pm to 7 pm
Meet at Dick’s Last Resort for another memorable industry event. It’s a short four-block walk from the BusCon 2014 exhibit hall and headquarters hotels. Wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt and join the fun.
Things to Do in Indianapolis
With the new venue in the downtown area of America’s 12th largest city, BusCon 2014 will be close to many local eateries, scenic views, and other locations of interest for attendees new to the city.
Experience an eagle-eye view of the city from atop the Soldiers and Sailors Monument or visit the Indiana War Memorial Plaza.
Lucas Oils Stadium
Named the best stadium in the NFL for three straight years by Stadium Journey Magazine, the Indianapolis Colts will be having a home game on BusCon’s opening night against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Downtown Monuments and Memorials Walking Tour
This tour takes you from Monument Circle north to explore impressive structures that pay homage to those who fought for our freedom.