Alternative fuels, tech take center stage at BusCon 2012

Posted on January 8, 2013 by Alex Roman, Managing Editor

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Session highlights

The United Motorcoach Association’s (UMA) Bus & Motorcoach Academy/Clarence Cornell School of Business Track, included the two-part Spader Habits of High Performers session.

Utilizing its work as a UMA 20 Group provider, the Spader Group identified many of the habits that make successful operators “high performers.” The two-part session discussed many of those tendencies to help attendees attain better organizational performance.
Meanwhile, John Keys of JKeys Solutions was joined by the UMA’s Victor Parra and Ken Presley to discuss how public transit systems and private bus operators can work together to meet the mass transit needs of the public, especially with some of the new provisions in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) transportation authorization bill.

During the “Alternative Fuels, Making the Right Fuel Choice for Your Operation” panel session, various representatives, including ROUSH’s Todd Mouw, Clean Energy’s Joanne Hayes, and the Center for Bus Research and Testing’s David Klinikowski, discussed the benefits derived from using natural gas, propane and/or biodiesel as well as the infrastructure and maintenance costs involved.

The “Discover the Next Generation of Technology” panel session featured representatives from three companies — GreenRoad, REI/ETA Transit Systems, and Eaton’s Vehicle Controls and Sensors Business Unit — discussing the benefits of some of their products and the impact technology is having in improving the operator experience and vehicle reliability. The group also fielded several questions from the audience and discussed how feedback received at shows including BusCon plays a part in the development and improvement of their products.

Additional sessions covered topics including bus procurement standards, bus operator simulator training, accessible transportation requirements and designing buses in a high-tech world.

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