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Bus Technical, Maintenance and Procurement Workshop - Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Preliminary schedule as of August 15, 2011. Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

Track 1 Track 2 Track 3
Sunday, October 2
1:30-2:30 p.m.

Bus Operations Committee Meeting

Chair, Claire Spielberg

2:45-3:45 p.m.

Clean Propulsion Committee Meeting

Chair, George Karbowski

4:00-5:00  p.m.

Bus Technical Maintenance Committee Meeting

Chair, Al Pierce

3:00-4:30 p.m.

Procurement and Materials Management Workshop

Chair Richard Wieczorek

6:00 p.m.

Opening Reception

EXPO Floor, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Monday, October 3
8:30-10:00 a.m.

FTA Compliance- A Strategic Procurement Tool or Just a Mandatory Requirement

Kunjan Dayal, James Harper, Jr, FTA 

Procurement and Contracting is not always viewed as critical to a public transit agency’s ultimate mission of serving the rider.  In order to be seen as mission critical, the procurement professional must retool to add value in the services they provide.  It is no longer a transactional requisition to PO process that complies with FTA requirements.  The session will explore how contracting professional can improve their business function within the organization while optimizing the total purchasing process for the direct benefit of its customers and at the same time make the FTA requirements work to their advantage.  The presentation will include some helpful tools for attendees to enjoy and perhaps apply in their work environments.

HVAC – Efficiency and Electrification

The HVAC system is the largest electrical load on a transit bus.  Come hear the some strategies and technologies being done that are producing lower emissions and saving fuel.  

Update on Fuel Cell Bus Demonstration

NFCBP consortia and NREL present recent activities, remarkable findings, new technical data & future plans in current & near groundbreaking fuel cell bus demonstration projects.

10:15-11:45 a.m.

Inventory Optimization Strategies and Intermittent Demand Solutions

Ted Montoya, Bob New, Charles Smart, Richard Price

Inventory management is a strategy procurement professionals can utilize to reduce investment in materials and active and spare parts.  Can this be done and still maintain service levels and part availability.  This session will explore two methods to accomplish this.  In one case study an agency undertook an enterprise level solution and methodically migrated supply chain management applications and practices.  In another example the agency was able to incorporate inventory control technology, dealing with intermittent demand in particular, into existing inventory control software.  Both approaches have reduced the inventory investment by over 10% over one to three years.

Is Your Bus Communicating With You?

Find out some new practices, processes and technologies allowing for better communication between you and your bus.

From One Agency to Another: Fuel Cell Bus Operators’ Experience

Transit agencies summarize the day-to-day experience of fuel cell bus operation in their fleets.  Discussion will focus on the practicalities of introducing new technology in their fleets.

12:00-1:30 p.m.

Joint opening lunch

joint topic

1:30-3:30 p.m.


3:30-5:00 p.m.

Rolling Stock Buy America(n): How Do We Get All Players on the Same Page?

Bob Nixon

Buy America and Buy American compliance is a hot issue in this era of high speed rail and unprecedented funding by the FTA, FRA, ARRA and PRIA.  In this session hear views from FTA, FRA a transit vehicle manufacturer, a consultant, and an auditor.  Attendees will learn how auditors interpret the various rules differently.  Panelists will discuss the quality/quantity of documentation required for compliance, define the “counting value” differences of components vs. subcomponents and manufacturing costs, and suggestions for improving current practices.  This session is ideal for authorities, TVMs and suppliers, especially those who’ve ever struggled with or had questions about Buy America(n).

What’s Up With the Hot Exhaust?

Listen to a presentation on potential solutions for new high temperature bus exhaust systems in bus maintenance or manufacturing facilities.  These recommendations would encompass solutions for regeneration systems, load testing, or normal bus exhaust applications. 

Tuesday, October 4
8:30-10:00 a.m.

Ethics Seminar for Procurement and Grants Management Personnel

James Harper

Ethics cannot be legislated, there are inherent. In the business of acquisition/procurement and grants management, opportunities may be presented that will challenge our "ethical standards and integrity." We must at all times guard against breaches of integrity in the execution of our acquisitions/procurements, grants and cooperative agreements. Through the use of case studies, you will learn and have reinforced ethics and procurement integrity. Attendees will also be exposed to some of the ideas in Challenges to Managing Acquisitions/Procurements and Contract Operations More Effectively to Obtain Quality Goods and Services at Reasonable Prices.

Electrification of Buses

Learn how you can use smart electrification of transit buses to reduce your maintenance and fuel costs.

Framing Fuel Cell Buses Within the Alternative Fuel Transit Market

Panelists contextualize the adoption of fuel cell bus technology including a discussion by DOE & DOT of recently reviewed fuel cell bus technical and cost target recommendations from the industry.

10:15-11:45 a.m.

Lean Maintenance and Procurement Processes and Vendor Managed Inventory

Robert Klym, Phillipe Bellon

With budget reductions continuing with no end in sight transit agencies are force to do more with less.  Current procurement process is an area in which real savings can be realized.  One place to look is the Lean model developed by Toyota in the 1990s.  Since then many industries as complex as transit have applied Lean and have increased productivity, reduced waste, and reduced part ordering procurement time.  Another closely related area is supply chain management.  In this session you will hear one agency’s journey towards centralized vendor managed inventory and supply chain optimization.  While these solutions are a major shift in the transit agencies operations the chain begins within the procurement process.

Getting the Maintenance Training You Need

Are you getting the training you need?  Can you do it better?  Learn from an agency on how to get the grants for the technical
training you need.  Also, listen to what a regional training consortium has done to improve training in their region.

Perspectives from a Fuel Cell Bus Demonstration Partnership Team

Transit, manufacturers and community partners from an ongoing fuel cell bus demonstration project serve as a case study for involvement in fuel cell bus research activity.  Discussion will showcase the collaborative approaches this Team employs for successful technology development, deployment and fleet integration. The panel will be followed by a presentation by the FTA on current National Fuel Cell Bus Program activities.

12:00-3:30 p.m.


3:30-5:00 p.m.

DBE Initiative

Linda Wright, Richard Wieczorek

Better Brake Maintenance Using Technology

The utilization of technology and implementation of sound maintenance practices can extend the life of a brake system, assist in the identification of “invisible” problems, and promote safety awareness. This session will highlight ways to improve and maintain better brake systems.

Wednesday, October 5
8:30-10:00 a.m.

Consideration in Bus Procurements

Margaret Merhoff, Charlie Kalb

Is your agency planning a bus procurement in the future? If yes, this session will provide the guidance on FTA requirements applicable to bus procurements. Some of the topics that will be covered are: use of options, using “piggybacking” to fulfill your requirements, using an RFP v. an IFB – what are the advantages and disadvantages to each process, Buy America requirements and other subjects that affect the purchase of buses.

Making the Fuel Cell Bus Business Case: OEMs’ Roadmap for Adoption

Experienced bus OEMs present the business perspective on fuel cell bus technology’s readiness and proven success. Presenters will focus on the following questions: What will it take for fuel cell buses to be price competitive with trolley buses, hybrids, and other alternative fueled vehicles? What is the expected cost of maintenance over time and component durability? What kind of warranties are projected?

10:15-11:45 a.m.

APTA Standard Bus Procurement Guidelines

Margaret Merhoff, Charlie Kalb

Is your agency planning a bus procurement in the future? If yes, this session will provide the guidance on FTA requirements applicable to bus procurements. Some of the topics that will be covered are: use of options, using “piggybacking” to fulfill your requirements, using an RFP v. an IFB – what are the advantages and disadvantages to each process, Buy America requirements and other subjects that affect the purchase of buses.

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