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2018 International Bus Roadeo
Committee & Contestant Schedule

This year's roadeo will be hosted by Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART)
and Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA).

The roadeo site is located at PSTA, 3201 Scherer Drive St. Petersburg, FL 33716. 
Maps and directions will be available on site at the roadeo and conference registration desk.

The roadeo hotel is the Hilton Tampa Downtown.  

Last Updated: April 27  


Bus Roadeo Committee Members begin arriving

8 a.m. - until


Bus Roadeo Committee - Course Set Up

IBR Course Set up Sub-Committee Departs Hiltonat the Jackson Street Entrance

​Operator Pre-Trip Sub-committee meets at 9:00 am 

4 - 6 p.m.
Hilton, Galleria B

Roadeo Registration


8 a.m. - until

PSTA Roadeo Site

Bus Roadeo Committee - Driving Course & Maintenance Set Up

IBR Course Set up Sub-Committee Departs Hilton at the Jackson Street Entrance

2 - 7 p.m.
Hilton, Galleria B

Roadeo Registration

3 - 4 p.m.
Hilton, Bayshore 3

International Bus Roadeo Committee Meeting

7 - 8:30 p.m.
Hilton, Bayshore 5-6

Operators Orientation

7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Hilton, Bayshore 2

Technicians Orientation

​Shuttle service will run every 20 minutes on a continuous loop starting at 6am from the Marriott Hotel, then on to the Hilton Hotel ending at Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority​
​7 - 8 a.m.
Hilton, Galleria B
Technician Continental Breakfast​

7 - 9 a.m.  
Hilton, Galleria B

Roadeo Registration

8 a.m. - until

Operators Driving Course Practice and Pre-Trip Competition

8 - 8:45 a.m. 
Hilton, Bayshore 5-7

Technicians Written Test

9 a.m. -  4 p.m. 
Hilton, Bayshore 5-7

Technicians Morning Training

Continental breakfast sponsored by era-contact USA, LLC

Break sponsored by LiquidSpring LLC

Room A

MCI                                                                        9:00 - 9:45 am
Thermo King HVAC                                                  9:45 - 10:30 am
Vapor Door                                                             10:30 - 11:15 am
Custom Training Aids/Bendix Brake Board                11:15 am - 12 pm

Room B

EMP                                                                      9:00 - 9:45 am
Voith                                                                      9:45 - 10:30 am
Cummins                                                               10:30 - 11:15 am
Allison                                                                   11:15 am - 12 pm 

​12 - 1 pm ​Lunch Break (Lunch not provided)
Technician Afternoon Training

Room A

MCI                                                                          1:00 - 1:45 pm
Thermo King HVAC                                                    1:45 - 2:30 pm
Vapor Door                                                                2:30 - 3:15 pm
Custom Training Aids/Bendix Brake Board                   3:15 - 4 pm

Room B

EMP                                                                         1 - 1:45 pm
Voith                                                                         1:45 - 2:30 pm
Cummins                                                                   2:30 - 3:15 pm
Allison                                                                       3:15 - 4 pm

Break sponsored by LiquidSpring
​Shuttle service will run every 20 minutes on a continuous​ loop starting at 6am from the Marriott Hotel, then on tot he Hilton Hotel ending at Pinellas Suncost Transit Authority

7 a.m. - until

PSTA Roadeo Site

Bus Roadeo Committee & Judges On Site

8 a.m. - until
PSTA Roadeo Site

International Bus Roadeo Competition

6:30 - 8 p.m.
Hilton, Bayshore 1-4

International Bus Roadeo Swap Meet

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. 

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Tampa Convention Center Meeting Rooms 18-19

Operators Workshop 

“Managing Stress”

Working in the transit industry is one of the most stressful jobs in today’s society.  Traffic - - passengers - - more traffic – more passengers – supervisors – faulty equipment – all add stress to an already tense day.  Few people really understand what stress is, or recognize what it does within our bodies.  Even fewer people know how to control stress, live with it, and make it work for them.

In this workshop, Dale Knutson will take both a humorous and serious, as well as interactive look at what stress is, what it does, and how you, as bus operators, supervisors, and managers, can control not only the stress – but how you react to the stress you are feeling.

Mr. Knutson will talk about the physical signs of stress as well as the mental signs of stress; both of which affect job performance as well as personal feelings.   Also discussed will be our system of values, and how that contributes to daily stress.

Finally, you will be given specific things you can do to alleviate stress as you do your job; as well as how you can deal with the stressors at home. 

This workshop​ promises to be enjoyable, fast-paced, and interactive. 

Presenter: Dale Knutson, TSSP, WSO-CSE

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.  Tampa Convention Center Meeting Rooms 20-21

Technicians Workshop

Introduction to IntelligAIRE III

This workshop will cover operation and diagnoses using the Can DIAG program

Presenter: Steve Morris

Sponsored by ThermoKing

10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Off Site

Bus Display &  Lunch

Old Water Street, Outside main entrance, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel (includes lunch from 12-2 p.m.; tickets required)

2:30 - 4 p.m.
Marriott, Grand Ballroom E-J, 2nd Floor

Customer Service Challenge

2 - 4 p.m.
Tampa Convention Center, Meeting Rooms 18-19

Operators Workshop

Scheduling and Runcutting Basics

Each day operators work a Run that is made up of a number of trips following a route. If you've wondered how your run is constructed, are curious about the process, or are just interested in learning more, this workshop will help you better understand the principles of schedule making and runcutting.

David C. Fulton

Industry Solutions Manager - Planning Scheduling, and Operations

2 - 4 p.m.
Tampa Convention Center, Meeting Rooms 20-21

Technicians Workshop  

Systematic Approach to Air System and Brake Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Modern air brake and suspension systems present unique challenges in their daily operation. Schedules provide operators minimal down time for maintenance and repair. Identifying both present and pending problems is more important than ever in containing costs while maintaining a positive public image.

Topics of discussion include:

  • Overview of pneumatic sub-systems
  • Component identification​
  • Systematic approach to troubleshooting
  • Identification of pending problems
  • Preventative maintenance as a tool
  • training programs and instructional aids
  • Shop equipment and tooling
  • Record keeping

A group discussion with question and answer session will follow discussion.

Presenter: Brian Markey​, Vice President

Sponsored by Custom Training Aids


8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Tampa Convention Center, Meeting Rooms 18-19, 

Operators Workshop 

Distracted Driving and Fatigue Awareness for Transit Employees

Course Overview
This course is designed to raise awareness of distracted driving with the desired outcome of reducing the risk of distracted driving by public transportation professionals

Course Elements

  • Definition of the term "distracted"
  • Risks of driving while distracted
  • Typical distractions
  • Tips for preventing distracted driving
  • Regulations, laws, and company policies using wireless devices

Fatigue and Sleep Apnea Awareness for Transit Employees

Course Overview
This course is designed to inform and guide transit operators and systems regarding the identification and treatment of individuals at high risk for abstractive​ sleep apnea and other sleep disorders, as well as general concepts about sleep and fatigue.

Course Elements

  • Sleep states and stages
  • Sleep apnea and other sleep disorders
  • Sleep strategies
  • Circadian Rhyhms
  • Nutrition and exercise
  • Over the counter drugs

by Roberta Yegidis


8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Tampa Convention Center, Meeting Rooms 20-21

Technicians Workshop

Intro to Vansco MUX and Parker dashboard Vansco system components

This workshop will highlight the Vansco system layout, Component operation, and System programing.  It will also discuss the Parker​ dashboard. Telltale functions, Troubleshooting capabilities, Touch screen functions and ladder logic. 

Presenter: Robert Remshifski

Sponsored by MCI

10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Tampa Convention Center, West Hall

Bus Products & Services Showcase & Lunch

7 - 9:30 p.m.
Marriott Grand Ballroom A-E
International Bus Roadeo Awards Banquet 
(semi-formal attire)

 7 - 8 a.m.
Marriott, Florida Ballroom VI

International Bus Roadeo Committee Meeting - Debrief

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