2022 BusMARC Summer Meeting | American Bus Association

2022 BusMARC Summer Meeting

Meeting | June 29-30, 2022 | 9 AM - 5 PM ET

The Bus Maintenance and Repair Council (BusMARC) was created in 2016 by the American Bus Association. Currently, the leadership, structure and program activities of the Council are being developed to meet the needs of ABA's bus operator members and address the need for continuing maintenance education and compliance training as well as provide a new venue for equipment, parts and service providers to interact with the bus industry.


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Book by Friday, June 3 for best rate and to ensure availability. 

Rate: $189/night

BWI Airport Marriott
1743 West Nursery Road
Linthicum, Maryland 21090

(1 mile from the BWI Airport)


Wednesday, June 29

7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration Open  
12:30 – 2 p.m. BusMARC Networking Lunch
1:15 – 2 p.m. Session : Lunch Speaker

Speaker: Mark Szyperski
“Preparing to Acquire Your Next Used Motorcoach, an Inspection”

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Session Survey

2 – 2:45 p.m.

Session : Servicing HVAC –  Advanced Filtration

Speaker: John Braley, Robert Hitt

As the motorcoach industry gets back up and rolling, some of the lessons learned from the COVID-19 era are here to stay with us and may be demanded by our passengers and customers. Messages communicating cleanliness and the installation of advanced filtration and purification systems will become the norm going forward. Now that these new systems are here and in use, how do we maintain them? How do we determine which options and specifications will work best for your operations? What other new things might we have to do? Join us for a webinar session to get better introduced to some of these new systems and talk about some of these issues with our BISC and BusMARC experts.

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​Session Survey

2:45 – 3 p.m. Break
3 – 3:45 p.m. Session : Pros & Cons of Nitrogen vs. Oxygen Filled Tires, Tire Rotation, Tire Maintenance Tips (panel)

Panel: Adam Hall, Mike LoPresti, Dave Mailhot

On April 19, 2022, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) held a public meeting to discuss a Feb. 22, 2020 bus crash. The 30-passenger bus, which was being operated on a fixed route, lost control, left the roadway, rolled over, and came to rest on an embankment. Three passengers died and 12 others were seriously injured. The resulting NTSB investigation determined that excessive speed on a wet roadway, inadequate tire tread depth and inappropriate driver inputs caused the fatal bus crash. The NTSB developed several safety recommendations, several of which were directed to the motorcoach industry.

During this session, we will discuss tire monitoring and maintenance best practices, as well as recommended tire rotation practices with our panel of experts including motorcoach operators, tire manufacturers and motorcoach manufacturers. How do you measure tire tread wear? Which tires should have the most tread? At what point of tread wear and under what conditions will a bus loss traction? When should you rotate tires between the steer axle and the drive axle? Should you switch tires from right to left or should a right side tire stay on the right side? We will discuss all of these questions and many more!

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US Tire Manufacturer's Association Tire Rotation Best Practices

​Session Survey

3:45 – 4 p.m.


4 – 4:45 p.m.

Session : Emergency Egress OOS Criteria – Review of a New Draft Inspection Bulletin

Speaker: Danielle Smith

Each year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) reviews, modifies and publishes new North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria. The North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria (OOSC) is the pass-fail criteria for safety inspections. The purpose of the criteria is to identify critical safety violations. Those violations can render the driver, vehicle and/or motor carrier out of service until the condition(s) or violation(s) are corrected or repaired. Find out about the latest changes to the criteria, and what to look out for before your next inspection. A new one under consideration is a draft inspection bulletin for emergency exits.

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Click here to request a copy of the draft bulletin

​Session Survey

4:45- 5:30 p.m. Session : Open Campaigns & Recalls

Speaker: Dave Mailhot

This session will discuss topics covering a range of items related to types of campaigns. The campaign process and documentation, customer complaints or requests, identifying vehicles involved in a campaign, notification process of an National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recall campaign, filing a claim, purchasing, and selling of processed coaches, availability of parts, reimbursement, warranty and campaign management, and internal warranty tracking. We will also demonstrate how to look up active campaigns and differentiate between a campaing and a recall.

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​Session Survey


Thursday, June 30

Breakfast (on your own)  
7 – 9 a.m. Registration Open  
9 a.m.

Gather for Transportation to Offsite Visits

Transportation Courtesy of Academy Bus

9:15 – 9:30 a.m. Travel to Offsite Facility #1  
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Overview & Facility Tour

Gunther Charters

7443 Shipley Ave.
Harmans, MD 21077


10:30 a.m. – 11:30 am

Education Session

Standing Lift Maintenance

11:30 – 12 p.m. Travel to Facility #2  
12 – 1 p.m. BusMARC Lunch  
1 – 1:45 p.m. Facility Tour

Johnson & Towers

500 Wilson Point Rd.
Middle River, MD 21220

Johnson & Towers sells and services diesel engines, transmissions and related components, parts and accessories for equipment serving various On Highway and Off Highway markets. Those markets include medium and heavy-duty trucks, buses and coaches, fire and emergency vehicles, Standby Generator systems, marine propulsion and support equipment (commercial and pleasure-craft), and construction and industrial equipment.

As an authorized distributor for products and parts manufactured, sold and warranted by Detroit Diesel®, Allison Transmission®, and MTU®, Johnson & Towers is able to provide the end-users of those leading brands with premier service, up-to-date technical support and genuine parts for tmultiphe represented products used in their vehicles, vessels and equipment. With multiple service locations throughout the eastern seaboard, they serve a wide range of customers directly and indirectly through a network of authorized dealers.

1:45 – 2:30 p.m. Education Session

 Parts Shortages & Dealing with Distribution Delays

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Debrief  
3:00 p.m.  Return to BWI Airport Marriott


Registration is closed for this event

The American Bus Association serves a thriving industry that provides nearly 600 million passenger trips annually on charters, tours, scheduled service, and shuttles. Membership in ABA includes motorcoach operators, tour operators, tourism-related organizations, and products and service suppliers.

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