Operations

BusCon Expo To Draw Big Limo Names

Lexi Tucker and Alex Roman
Posted on August 29, 2017

BusCon is a great place to talk to many motorcoach vendors who support the industry.
BusCon is a great place to talk to many motorcoach vendors who support the industry.
INDIANAPOLIS — If you haven’t considered attending BusCon 2017, held at the Indiana Convention Center Sept. 19-21, you may want to rethink it — especially if you’re an operator looking for some good motorcoach advice and education.

Within the past few years, the chauffeured transportation industry has seen a shift toward the bus market. However, if operators hope to make good money from this segment, they need to know best practices. This year, the tradeshow will feature speakers familiar with the LCT crowd: Bill Faeth of Limo University & Inbound Marketing Agents; Aleja Seabron of The LMC Group; and Joe Guinn of Limo and Bus Compliance.

 Faeth will be leading two sessions. One called “Leveraging Automation to Sell 24 Hours a Day,” will teach operators how to install simple automations onto their websites, social media, lead generation, and email marketing, allowing them to sell while they sleep. “Creating a High-Powered Infrastructure for Growth” will discuss how operators can grow rapidly, even in today’s business climate.

Seabron’s session, “Creating Your Social Strategy,” is sure to have operators leaving the presentation with an action plan. This interactive discussion will outline understanding customer demographics, platforms, and their purpose; content creation and curation; understanding your message; relating to your audience; and creating consistency and engagement.

  “Compliance Made Simple for New and Seasoned Bus Operators” will be led by Guinn who understands the complex subject that confuses many new limousine and other operators entering the industry, as well as veterans. In this fast-paced class, he’ll talk about the required documents of a driver qualification file, maintenance files, and the new regulations surrounding electronic logs.

In addition to plenty of networking opportunities, this year’s BusCon will also feature a timely keynote address — “How Connected/Automated Vehicle Technology Will Impact Transportation” — which will discuss the evolution of the technology, how and where it is being tested, and its effects on the various transportation industries.

The 135,800 sq.ft. show floor — open Tuesday, Sept. 12 from Noon to 5 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. — will once again offer the largest quantity and widest variety of vehicles and products, with attendees able to use BusCon’s mobile app to get around the show.

Vehicle manufacturers slated to be on the show floor this year include Blue Bird, Diamond Coach, Embassy by SVO Group Inc., Freightliner Custom Chassis, Irizar, Mercedes-Benz Vans, MCI, and Ram Trucks, as well as offerings from the REV Group family of products, which includes Champion, Federal, Krystal, and World Trans.

Sponsors for the 22nd installment of BusCon include Host Operator IndyGo; Platinum Sponsor REV Bus Group; Gold Sponsor MobilityTrans; Silver Sponsors Ford, HSM, and Terrapin Blue; and Bronze Sponsors AC Delco and GoExpressTravel.

Exhibit hall only passes are free if you register by Aug. 18, with a full conference pass costing $98. To view the full schedule, go to busconexpo.com.

Product Sneak Peak

Plenty of vendors you’ve seen at LCT Shows will be at BusCon showing off their newest and coolest wares. Here is a quick sample:

Freedman Seating Company will introduce the newest addition to the Eleganza Collection, the Palermo seat, which serves economical needs without compromising style or comfort. The executive line by FMS Seating includes seating solutions with luxury and safety at the forefront of its design and engineering. The Palermo seat uses Freedman Feather Weight base frames and legs, making it easy to install and replace Freedman products. Other features include deep side bolsters and a built-in pillow headrest for comfort and styling, knee-saver style backrest for added space, wire mesh grid seat springs for even support, and upholstered covers that can be removed and replaced easily without the use of special tools. It also has contrast stitching and two-tone upholstery covers. Information: www.freedmanseating.com

Motor Coach Industries will bring its 2018 J4500 coach with first-class upgrades. The upgraded motorcoach delivers a more spacious cabin with best-in-class legroom and capacity to seat 60 comfortably, along with new ceiling lighting, seat and trim upgrades, a bigger lavatory, a new air intake system, and a new driver dash with a high-definition instrument panel.

Other features include:

  • Coordinated seating and interior color schemes in Blues, Lounge, and Tech in both Preferred/High Spec packages fit with trim, parcel rack doors, and flooring available in woodgrain and carbon fiber selections.
  • Increased legroom and visibility for the driver with a new HD instrument panel that provides key system messaging such as tire pressure status and engine DPF regeneration notices. Information: www.mcicoach.com

Federal Spirit: When transporting executives and clients who demand high-end transport at an affordable cost, the Spirit from Federal Coach always comes through. Continuing to lead the industry in innovative luxury coach conversions, the company’s corporate, luxury, and limousine coaches suit operators’ every need. Information:

www.federalcoach.com.

Trans/Air Manufacturing Corp. is offering a new RT135 Rooftop System. The Trans/Air RT135 roof top ducted air system is designed for the Transit, commercial bus, and limousine coach markets. With an IMACA capacity rating of 152K Btu/Hr, the RT135 is a perfect match for body lengths of 33 ft. and up (up to 35 passengers) mounted on the Ford F650/750, IC TC, or Freightliner M2 or S2C chassis.

The RT135 system has compressor protecting electronic controls, and ducted air distribution and heat. The unit can be operated in configuration with (2) 13 CID automotive compressors on all chassis, or single 26 CID transit duty compressor option on the Freightliner Chassis. All compressors are paired with Trans/Air designed or approved mount and drive kits. Information: www.transairmfg.com

Related Topics: BusCon, buses, luxury buses, MCI, Motor Coach Industries, motorcoaches, tradeshows

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