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Monday, January 13th

9.30 - 10.15 AM

Busworld Academy Opening Session - sponsored by Prevost

Welcome by :

Mr. Peter Pantuso, ABA, president and CEO

Mr. Jan Deman, Busworld Foundation, managing director

Special guests: 

Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo. 6th), Ranking Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (Invited);

Mr. Jim Mullen, Acting Administrator, U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (Invited);

Mr. James Owens, Acting Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (Invited);

Mr. John Brennan, Chief Counsel, U.S. Federal Transit Authority (Invited)

10.30 AM - 12.00 PM

CEO Panel: The State and Future of the North American Bus & Motorcoach Market - sponsored by Motor Coach Industries

Moderator : Mr. Ben Blunt, Concord Coach Lines                                                       

Keynote: Mr. Kaul Veerender, Frost and Sullivan

Panellists :                        

Mr. Roman Cornell, ABC Companies (Van Hool)

Mr. Ian Smart, Motor Coach Industries (New Flyer)

Mr. François Tremblay, Prevost (Volvo)

Mr. Deniz Cetin, Temsa

Mr. Ryan Popple, Proterra

2:45 - 3:45 PM

Technological Challenges and Trends in Electric-, CNG/LNG- and Hydrogen Powertrains - sponsored by ABC Companies

Moderator: Mr. Jan Deman, Managing Director Busworld Foundation            


Mr. Daniel Gage, NGVAmerica (Natural Gas Vehicles for America)

Mr. Erik Bigelow, CTE Center for Transportation and the Environment

Ms. Becky Knox, Edison Electric Institute

Mr. JP Pelletier, New Flyer & MCI

Mr. Gary Horvat, Navistar

Mr. Jeff Madura, Van Hool

Mr. Jean Pierre Geelen, Yellow Window

4:00 - 5:30 PM

Implementing Electric and Alternative Fuel Bus and Motorcoach Operations

Moderator: Scott Bogren, Community Transportation Association of America

Presentations of illustrative cases :

AMSTERDAM-REGION : Mr. Marc Vanhoutte, Transdev

COPENHAGEN : Mr. Joachim Reinhard Danchell, Movia

STOCKHOLM : Ms. Malin Lindberg, SLL

DALLAS: Mr. Darryl Spencer, Dallas Area Rapid Transit


RENO: Ms. Amy Cummings, Washoe County Regional Transportation Commission

NEW ORLEANS: Mr. William "Bill" Deville Capital Area Transit System

5.30 - 6.30 PM

Reception on Networking Floor

Tuesday, January 14th

9.00 - 10.15 AM

Driver Hiring, Training and Monitoring : Best Practices - sponsored by Motor Coach Industries

Moderator: Mr. Don DeVivo, DATTCO, Inc.

Video message: Mr. Matthew Baldwin, Deputy director general at the Directorate General for Mobility of the European commission and European Commissioner for Road Safety

Speakers :

Dr. Peter Lawrence, Fairport Central School District, Director of Transportation

Prof. Dr. Geert Wets, Transportation Research Institute, Hasselt University (Belgium)

Mr. Luis Pedrero, Global Passenger Network, President & owner of Car Tour (Spain)

Ms. Loretta Bitner, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

Mr. Mauro Gaspar, SGM Meeting Solutions (Argentina)

10.30 - 12.00 PM

Public Private Partnership : Cooperation Between Cities, Transit and Private Bus Operators

Moderator: Mr. Charlie Zelle, Jefferson Lines


Dr. Joseph Schwieterman, DePaul University

Mrs. Anna Grönlund, Swedish Federation for Bus- and Coach Operators.

Mr. Scott Bogren, Community Transportation Association of America

Mr. Joachim Reinhard Danchell, MOVIA, Copenhagen

Mr. James Hamre, WMATA

2.00 - 3.30 PM

Digitalization, Automation and  “Mobility-As-A-Service” in the Bus and Motorcoach Industry

Moderator and Keynote: Marko Javornik, Voyego - COMTRADE

Panelists “Mobility as a Service” :

Mr. Marc Hofmann, Checkmybus

Ms. Polina Raygorodskaya, Wanderu

Mr. Curt Simon, Omaha Metro

Mr. Pierre Gourdain, Flixbus USA

Mr. Eric Reese, Siemens

Panelists “Autonomous Bus-Services”

Mr. Dan Finley, Pacific Western

Mr. Alberto Lacaze, Robotic Research

Mr. Jack Hall, Contra Costa Transportation Authority

Mr. Brian Wynne, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)

3.30 - 4.30

Busworld Academy Closing Session

Mr. Peter Pantuso, ABA

Mr. Vincent Dewaele, Busworld International

Mr. Jan Deman, Busworld Academy

Mr. Don DeVivo, ABA

Mr. Charlie Zelle, ABA

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