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Schedule for the 2014 International Bus Roadeo.

As of  April 25, 2014

Wednesday, April 30

Bus Roadeo Committee Begins Arriving
Thursday, May 1

8 a.m.

Kemper Arena

Bus Roadeo Committee Course Set-Up

4 – 6 p.m.

Roadeo Registration

Friday, May 2

8 a.m.

Kemper Arena

Bus Roadeo Committee Driving Course & Maintenance Set Up

2 – 6:30 p.m.

Roadeo Registration

3 – 4 p.m.

International Bus Roadeo Committee Meeting

7 – 8:30 p.m.

Operators’ Orientation

7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Mechanics’ Orientation

Saturday, May 3

7 – 9 a.m.

Roadeo Registration

8 a.m.

Kemper Arena

Operators Driving Course Practice and Pre-Trip Competition

8 – 8:45 a.m.

Mechanics Written Test

9 a.m. –  5 p.m.

Mechanics Training

Allison/Cummins - Bendix/AxleTech - Cummins/Voith - MCI Multiplex - ThermoKing - Vapor

Sunday, May 4

7 a.m.

Kemper Arena

Bus Roadeo Committee & Judges Onsite

8 a.m.

Kemper Arena

International Bus Roadeo Competition

7 p.m.

International Bus Roadeo Swap Meet

Sponsored by Nova Bus

Monday, May 5

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

ADA - The Human Side of Providing Lawful Service

Donna Smith,
director of training, Easter Seals Project ACTION, Washington, DC

Description: Why do we really do what we do?

Justin Dart, one of the most well-known and effective leaders of the disability movement, launched a campaign to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act with the simple slogan “The ADA: America wins!”  History has taught us that civil rights are upheld best once we understand the true benefit of nondiscrimination.  While the ADA sets forth what we are to do to meet the requirement of nondiscrimination on the basis of disability, why we do it is the key to really making it happen.

 In this session we will review some of the key aspects of the ADA and both fixed-route and paratransit service and discuss the “why” behind each.  Come prepared to test your knowledge of the ADA and share your real-life experiences of why it is important to serve customers with disabilities with the same level of respect and inclusion offered to all other passengers.  This is an opportunity for you to delve a little deeper into the needs of customers with disabilities, ask your questions and learn from each other about the importance of building your professional capacity to serve all riders who need your transportation service

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

ThermoKing Next Generation - Intellingaire III

Steve Morris, bus HVAC product service manager, Thermo King Corporation, Minneapolis, MN

Description: Thermo King IntelligAIRE III set up, operation and diagnostic procedures.

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Bus Display &  Lunch

2:15 – 3:45 p.m.

Customer Service Challenge

2 – 4 p.m.

Utilizing the Sixth Sense of an Operator to Address Difficult Situations

Tremell E. Brown, manager, training and development unit, VIA Metropolitan Transit, San Antonio, TX


Operators who have driven through the years have developed a sixth sense that they often rely on to inform them of potential dangerous, difficult, or suspicious circumstances while in service. There are some customers that seek to put the operator in uncomfortable situations to cloud or disrupt the operator’s normal train of thought, enabling the customer to capitalize on a poor decision or act made by an operator that has lost emotional control during a situation.

Learn the technique of identifying early warning signs of escalating/evolving situations. Understand how to clearly recognize the last opportunity available for the operator to make a logical decision vs. an emotional decision when dealing with difficult customers.  This training workshop will provide methods to create more opportunities for operators to avoid the “conflict trap” being set by customers who wish to disrupt service.


2 – 4 p.m.

 Haldex Brake Components - Operation, Installation & Troubleshooting

Speaker:  Dan
Dan Grann, senior technical service representative, Haldex Brake Products Cororation,
Kansas City, MO

Description: Haldex Brake Components – This workshop will address operation, installation and troubleshooting of Haldex Air Treatment, Actuator and Automatic Brake Adjustment Components.


Tuesday, May 6

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Operator Awareness - Intersections: "What Would YOu Do?"

Dan Stoffer,
assistant manager – Instruction Metro Transit Minneapolis Minnesota

Description: Intersections are decision points for bus drivers…… actually, for drivers of all types of vehicles….and pedestrians, too.  Intersections can be challenging, fascinating, baffling, and downright frustrating for many.  For sure, there are some pitfalls.   In this workshop you will learn to properly navigate intersections. 

Other learning outcomes are: Learn what to expect at intersections; identify factors that affect attention; recognize potential hazards; identify danger zones; procedures for making proper right turns, left turns, or driving straight ahead, plus taking cues from traffic lights.  In addition, learn some new terms such as: Inattentional Blindness, off-track, conspicuity, rock & roll, and more!

Excellent participant takeaways which are resources for reviews or as follow-up to your own blended learning event at your transit agency including:  Copy of Intersection slide presentation, Standard Operating Procedure at Intersections - Left Turns, Right Turns, and Traveling Straight Ahead.  These are handy reference tools to keep at the ready!    See you at the workshop….”Learning never ends!”

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Maitenance: Career Planning: Discovering the Opportunities

Dr. Barbara K. Gannon,
principal, GannonConsult, Gloucester, MA


  • Steve Wacksman, superintendent of maintenance, Capital District Transportation Authority, Albany, NY
  • KC Martin, operations/employee relations manager, Central New York Regional Transportation Authority, Syracuse, NY
  • Peter Calloway, maintenance supervisor Niagara Frontier Transit Metro System, Inc., Buffalo, NY
  • Jay Corey, director of maintenance, Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority,
    Rochester, NY
  • William (Bill) Steinmetz, director of service & delivery, South Hills Village Rail Center, Port Authority of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, PA

Description: This interactive session will focus on career development and the tools needed to “move up” within the organization. The session will be facilitated by maintenance managers who will help the participants identify and discuss the skills and training necessary to be the best they can be in their position as well as prepare them to take the next step to become supervisors or managers.


10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Product Showcase & Lunch

Sponsored by SPX GENFARE

7 – 9:30 p.m.

International Bus Roadeo Grand Awards Banquet

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