2022 BusMARC Winter Meeting | American Bus Association

2022 BusMARC Winter Meeting


Register for BusMARC Online

All Bus Operators use the “Buyer Representative” registration option, all Suppliers and Vendors use the “Seller Representative” registration option. Government Employees should self-select that option. Select the BISC meeting or BusMARC meeting or BusWorld meeting as activities if you.plan to attend those sessions, to ensure that we get accurate counts, have enough materials, and can ensure comfortable distancing for all participants.


Link to ABA Marketplace Hotel Block

Must be registered to reserve a room. All Bus Operators & Government Employees use the “Buyer” housing option, all Suppliers and Vendors use the “Seller” housing option.


BusMARC Meetings Include:

  • Hands-on technical presentations and discusssions of best maintenance practices and technologies
  • Facility Tours of local Maintenance facilities
  • Open access to the Marketplace exhibit floor, featuring products, services, and new-coach exhibits
  • Education seminars and networking opportunities
  • Fun Marketplace evening events


Date Time Session/Activity Location
Fri. Dec. 17

2:00 pm

BISC-BusMARC Preview Webinar

Tues., Jan. 4 2:00 pm BISC-BusMARC Orientation Webinar
Date Time


Sun., Jan. 9 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Offsite Visit #1

Lone Star Coaches
2425 Houston St.
Grand Prairie, TX 75050
(972) 623-1100

Transportation Provided
Please contact us if you plan to drive your own car (busmarc@buses.org)

Buses will leave from the Gaylord Texan. Loading will begin at 8:45 am.

Arrive at Lone Star:                      9:30 a.m.
Welcome & Site Tour:    9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Break:                                   10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Education Session:           10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Education Session Presented by Texas DPS & BusMARC
Level I Inspection & Top 10 Roadside Inspection Violations

Depart REI:                          11:30 a.m.


Sun., Jan. 9 12 pm – 3:00 pm

Offsite Visit #2

Prevost Service Center
15200 Frye Rd.
Fort Worth, TX 76155
(866) 773-8678 

Lunch is included

Transportation Provided
Please contact us if you plan to drive your own car (busmarc@buses.org)

Welcome & Site Tour:    12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Lunch:                                   12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Education Session:          1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Education Session Presented by Prevost
“How to Perform a Preventative Maintenance Inspection & Safe Vehicle Lift Operations”

Depart Prevost:                   2:30 p.m.

Sun., Jan. 9 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

BusWorld Session

Effective and Efficient Cleaning and Sanitizing Buses and Coaches 

(Joint Session with BISC & BusMARC)

Panel: Jan Deman, Dominic Manuele, Marcus Möseler, Ryan Baker, David Rolls

Moderated: Richard Tackett, BusRide

Description: As people start traveling again, passengers want to know that their mode of transportation is clean and sanitized to help stop the spread of viruses. A recent Busworld Foundation research study has indicated the absolute need for effective air purification and sanitization of surfaces, in addition to the existing ventilation systems. In this seminar, different techniques and technologies for air purification and sanitization of surfaces will be presented. They are not only applicable in new vehicles but can be retrofitted in today's fleet. You will learn sanitization strategies, methods and products that can be added to present operations. Come and listen to best practices, learn how to implement necessary hygienic measures, and how to increase ridership by telling your passengers about it. 

Dallas 5-7

Sun., Jan. 9 5:30 – 6:00 pm

BISC-BusMARC Orientation Session – Meet Our Mentors

Description: Get a feel for who and what the Bus Industry Safety Council and the Bus Maintenance and Repair Council are, when they will meet, what they discuss and how you can get involved. The mission of the BISC and BusMARC is about improving motorcoach safety and ensuring that your bus is ready to travel safely down the road. If you are a safety, compliance or maintenance professional, this is where you need to be.

Dallas 1-2


Time  Session/Activity Location
Mon., Jan. 10 9:00 am – 10:30 am

BISC-BusMARC Joint Opening General Session

A Year in Review

Session Overview

Awards Presentations

Keynote Address

Grapevine 1-2
Mon., Jan. 10 10:30 am – 11 am


Mon., Jan. 10 11 am – 5:30 pm

Safety & Maintenance Education Sessions

The sessons put together by BISC & BusMARC and brought to you by ABC Companies have been integrated into the overall ABA Marketplace education schedule and can be found by going to our focused sessions as part of the following tracks:


Click here for Education Sessions

Mon., Jan. 10 11 am – 12 pm

BusWorld Session

Advanced Driver Assistance & Autonomous Driving Solutions for Motorcoaches

(Joint Session with BISC & BusMARC)

Panel: Allen Jay, TBD

Moderated: Pam Martinez, DATTCO/BISC

Description: Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are the wave of the future. While many of these systems are becoming standard on new motorcoaces, they are all steps in the next phase of evolution as we move towards adding elements of automation to motorcoaches. This session will focus on some of these new elements, find out how these systems can help your operations, how to maintain them, and any planned future developments.

Dallas 5-7


BusMARC Marketplace Floor Byte

Speaker: ABC Companies

Description: There is a lot for operators to consider before they buy or implement aftermarket components for essential safety systems. Learn more about the performance thresholds for aftermarket equipment, before you make your next purchase. In addition, take home a few tips on how better to maintain your in-use equipment to improve efficiency.

Marketplace Floor – ABC Bus Display
Mon., Jan. 10 12 pm – 12:30 pm


BusMARC Marketplace Floor Byte

Speaker: Bridgestone/Firestone

Description: With much of America’s motorcoach operations grounded for the past several months during the COVID-19 outbreak, fleet managers are eager to get back to work. But what does that look like in a world where buses have been sitting idle for 90-days or more?

Fleet management software systems that ensure vehicle efficiency, compliance, maintenance and safety are built to mainly monitor a fleet that is in motion – not one that is grounded. As the nation reopens from the coronavirus lock down, fleets need to move forward with a fresh outlook and new focus on maintenance standards.

During this session, we will look into tire maintenance best practices. How to adjust for anticipated air leakage, potential sidewall deterioration, any rebalancing or reseating recommendations.

Marketplace Show Floor – Bridgestone/Firestone Booth, # 1912
Mon., Jan. 10 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm


Mon., Jan. 10 3 pm – 4 pm

BusWorld Session

How Green can the Motorcoach Industry Go?

(Joint Session with BISC & BusMARC)

Panel: John Warner, Alexandre Lalonde, Tim Sassen, Robert Smith, Brent Maitland

Moderated by: Jan Deman, BusWorld

Description: What are operators first experiences with low and zero emission motorcoaches today? What low and zero emission coaches are available on the market? What will be available in 3 to 5 years from now? How to compare upfront costs and ROI of electric coach operations with diesel? This session will provide guidance in what vehicles should be considered for your next purchases, whether you operate charters, tours, shuttles, commuters or long haul intercity motorcoach services. 

Dallas 5-7

Mon., Jan. 10


#3009: FMCSA Update

Speaker: Loretta Bitner, FMCSA

Description: In this session, get a sense of what new regulations the Agency has put in place for 2022 and get an opportunity to directly address our regulators as they set out the top priorities for the Agency in the coming year. So many items to review, from the implementation of the Electronic Logging Devices, the evolution of the lease and interchange rule to the emergence of autonomous vehicles. Stay up to date on the future direction of our industry’s enforcement. 

Grapevine 3-4
Mon., Jan. 10 3 pm – 4 pm


BusMARC Marketplace Floor Byte

Speaker: TEMSA

Description: You're happily driving along when suddenly your Check Engine light comes on or the dash display lights up with an error message. Panic sets in. Is the engine going to blow up or is this just an annoying code that will go away? Many of the latest systems have the ability to display Diagnostic Trouble Codes, or DTCs. If not immediately available, a code reader can plug into the diagnostic port to retrieve them. Heavy duty diesel engines now can communicate all kinds of useful information, much of which also can be used to perform diagnostics or even modify/improve performance en route. The latest transmissions can display fault codes via the transmission shift control panel. This J1939 buss is used by the chassis manufacturer and also interfaces with various chassis elements, such as antilock braking systems, traction control, headlights and other accessories. Find out how to navigate these systems and what it all means! 

Marketplace Show Floor – TEMSA Bus Display
Mon., Jan. 10 4 pm – 4:30 pm Break  
Mon., Jan. 10 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm


BusMARC Marketplace Floor Byte

Speaker: MCI

Description: There is a lot for operators to consider before they consider changing their HVAC setup, the type of filters they use or their preventative maintenance program in this new COVID-19 reality. Learn more about the performance thresholds for this equipment and what might work best for you as you get back to full-time operations. Plus don't let improper battery maintenance, keep you from putting your best foot forward. During this session, learn how to avoid battery drain, tips to improve battery health and how to jump start your operations.  As we begin to restart things again, we don't want to see you stuck with any maintenance problems at the side of the road. In addition, take home a few tips on how to better maintain your in-use equipment to improve efficiency and performance.

Marketplace Show Floor – MCI Bus Display
Mon., Jan. 13 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm


#2020: TSA Updates

Speaker: David Cooper

Description: With more and more vehicle-involved terror attacks happening around the world, eliminating soft targets and boosting preparedness is key. The Transportation Security Administration has some best practices and guidance to help you better prepare your motorcoach operations for an unexpected emergency and how to respond. They also have some timely updates on the Security Training Rule, Cyber Security preparedness, critical resources and key intelligence to help you prepare for the months ahead. Have you done a BASE Assessment recently? Hear how you can get one requested and start improving your security posture today!

Grapevine 3-4


Time Session/Activity Location
Tues., Jan. 11 9:30 am – 10:30 am


#3004: NTSB Update

Speaker: Mike Kaminiski, NTSB

Description: The National Transportation Safety Board is one of the agencies that initiatives a post-accident investigation following a fatal accident and makes recommendations to the industry as well as the government on what steps can be taken to avoid similar accidents in the future. What lessons can we learn from recent fatal motorcoach and school bus crashes? Find out at the next presentation by the NTSB.

Grapevine 1-2
Tues., Jan. 11 10:30 am – 11 am Break  
Tues., Jan. 11 11 am – 12 pm

#4007: The Dangers of Speeding and How to Prevent it

Speaker: Gary Catapano, MAGTEC Products Inc. & Dr. Judy Agnew, Aubrey Daniels International

Description: Speeding is one of the most deadly behaviors fleet operators and managers must contend with. It’s also one of the most difficult behaviors to change and prevent. The reason for this is deeply rooted in behavioral psychology and consequence history. In this session, you’ll learn how these consequences are the predominate influence in speeding. We’ll examine what can be done to change this – including  aligning your organizational consequences and culture. We’ll use real-world data to look at how the COVID-19 pandemic has influenced operating speeds and how operating above the speed limit decreases crash survivability. You’ll also hear results and data from safety technology pilots aimed at eliminating speeding and related collisions.

Grapevine 1-2
Tues., Jan. 11 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm Lunch  

#3018: Drug & Alcohol Testing: Reasonable Suspicion, Role Playing & Mock Scenarios

Speaker: Panel


Grapevine 1-2
  4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

BISC Closing General Session

Session Recaps

Human Trafficking Update: Busing on the Lookout

Uplift Technology: The ROI, Impact, Experience of ADAS on Motorcoach Operations


Registration is closed for this event

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