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Schedule for the 2016 International Bus Roadeo.

As of May 9, 2016

Shuttle service will be provided between the Charlotte Omni and the Westin to the roadeo site. The Roadeo shuttle will be available every 15 minutes between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday, competition day, the service begins at 7:30 a.m. for spectators. Maps and directions will be available at the roadeo and conference registration desks.

Wednesday, May 11

Bus Roadeo Committee Members begin arriving
Thursday, May 12

8 a.m.

Bus Roadeo Committee Course Set-Up

4 – 6 p.m.
Cypress, Lobby Level  (Omni Charlotte Hotel)

Roadeo Registration

Friday, May 13

8 a.m.

Bus Roadeo Committee Driving Course & Maintenance Set Up

2 – 7 p.m.
Cypress, Lobby Level (Omni Charlotte Hotel)

Roadeo Registration

3 – 4 p.m.
Willow & Birch, Lobby Level  (Omni Charlotte Hotel)

International Bus Roadeo Committee Meeting

7 – 8:30 p.m.
Dogwood, Lobby Level (Omni Charlotte Hotel)

Operators’ Orientation

7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Poplar, Lobby Level  (Omni Charlotte Hotel)

Technician’ Orientation

Saturday, May 14

7 – 9 a.m.  
Cypress Lobby Level (Omni Charlotte Hotel)

Roadeo Registration

8 a.m.
Outside Hotel

Operators Driving Course Practice and Pre-Trip Competition

8 – 8:45 a.m. 
 Poplar & Dogwood Lobby Level (Omni Charlotte Hotel)

Technician Written Test

9 a.m. –  4 p.m. 
 Poplar & Dogwood and Willow & Birch (Omni Charlotte Hotel)

Technician Training

Allison/Cummins - Cummins/Voith - ( Poplar & Dogwood, Lobby Level)


MCI Multiplex - ThermoKing - Vapor ( Willow & Birch, Lobby Level)

Sunday, May 15

7 a.m.

Bus Roadeo Committee & Judges Onsite

8 a.m.

International Bus Roadeo Competition

6:30 – 8 p.m.
Grand Ballroom, Lobby Level (Omni Charlotte Hotel)

International Bus Roadeo Swap Meet


Sponsored by Nova Bus and Prevost

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Monday, May 16

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

217A (Convention Center)

Operator Workshop

APTA Bus & Paratransit Conference & International Bus Roadeo Workshops is Designed for Bus Roadeo Contestants:
** Roadeo committee, competitors and supervisors are welcome at all conference activities. these highlighted sessions are formatted for Roadeo participants. More information can be found in the Bus & Paratransit conference program/App.

The Americans with Disability Act: 25 Years of Progress and There's Still More to Learn

This workshop will cover the ADA's 25-year history and teach us why it is just as relevant for today's transit operations. The training will cover topics such as driver assistance, service animals, and general ADA information, as well as customer rights and responsibilities. There will be opportunities for open discussion and questions/answer on the ADA. This training will also explore the U.S. Dot final rule for reasonable modifications/accommodations to policies, practices, and procedures. Participants will get a review of the FTA guidance document, work through multiple examples to understand the extend of this requirement, and receive answers to their questions about how this new rule applies to and impacts the provision of transportation service. Workshop participants will get to participant in a fun question an answer session that will test your wits regarding your knowledge of the ADA. The class will include peer-to-peer sharing, a list of helpful resources on the ADA for future reference, and hands-on exercises to help participants apply their knowledge gained.

Carol Wright, Assistant Vice President of Mobility and Transportation, Easter Seals., Inc., Washington, DC

8:30 – 10:30 a.m. 217D (Convention Center)

Technician Workshop

Electric Fan Engine Cooling System Operation, Diagnostics and Troubleshooting

EMP's Mini-Hybrid® engine cooling system is part of the Roadeo Mechanic's competition in both the Cummins-Allison and Cummins-Voith modules. Come see the newest product which utilizes EMP's new 15" fan and lean more about how the system works and get diagnostic and troubleshooting tips. A functioning Gen IV system and a vehicle simulator will be used to demonstrate the service tool and real failure examples will be used to explain the troubleshooting process. 

EMP's Technical Service Team - 
Jim Stark, Regional Sales and Service Manager - Midwest
Susan Bucheger, Technical Service Manager
Eddy Mercon, Regional Service Project Manager - Northeast
Mike Santillanez, Regional Service Project Manager - West
Steven Babin, Regional Service Project Manager - Southeast

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Off Site

Bus Display &  Lunch

2:15 – 3:45 p.m.
Ballroom A-B (Convention Center)

Customer Service Challenge

2 – 4 p.m.
217A (Convention Center)

Operator Workshop

Pre-Trip Inspection, Safety, Security and the Changing Climate

Operators and Trainers will learn about Safety and Security. How everyday pre-trip inspections can assist in the safety of passenger and their role in security events

2 – 4 p.m.
217D (Convention Center)

Technician Workshop

Introduction to IntelligAIRE III

Technicians will learn operation of the IntelligAIRE III controller. In addition technicians will learn CanDIAG troubleshooting procedures as well as flash loading software and use of diagnostic tools.

Steve Morris, Product Service Manager, Bus Thermo King Corporation, Minneapolis, MN

Tuesday, May 17

7 – 8 a.m.

International Bus Roadeo Committee Meeting - Debrief

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
217A (Convention Center)

Operator Workshop 

Operator as a First Responder

Charlotte DiaBartolomeo, Chief Executive Officer, Red Kite
Zach Stone, co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Red Kite

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
217D (Convention Center)

Technician Workshop

Test Taking Know How, Tips and Training for ASE Certification

ASE certification is a great foothold in the training and advancement of technicians. This workshop will provide insight an answers to engage your mind and improve your test taking skills.

Bob Cornwell, Manager, Medium / Heavy Vehicle Test Development, Automotive Service Excellence, ASE

10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Hall C1 (Convention Center)

Products Showcase & Lunch

7 – 9:30 p.m.
Ballroom A-B (Convention Center)
International Bus Roadeo Grand Awards Banquet
(Semi-formal attire)
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