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 Media Advisory



Virginia Miller

 2013 APTA Bus & Paratransit Conference and International Bus Roadeo To Be Held In Indianapolis, IN May 3-8, 2013


Public transportation industry experts from across the country will meet in Indianapolis, IN May 3-8, 2013 for the Bus & Paratransit Conference and International Bus Roadeo which will be held at the J.W. Marriott.  Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and hosted by the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo), this conference will focus on all aspects of the bus and paratransit industry, including: policy and planning, operations and maintenance, technology, safety and security, and special issues on accessible transportation.  A bus display and a bus and paratransit products and services showcase are also scheduled and are open to the media.

The 2013 International Bus Roadeo, which will be held on Sunday, May 5, at the Allison Transmissions Test Track from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., highlights the best bus operators and bus maintenance teams in North America.  Local bus roadeo competitions are held in North America to select the competitors in this prestigious competition.  Additionally, on Monday, May 6, the finals for the Customer Service Challenge will be held at the J.W. Marriott starting at 2:15 p.m. The winners for both the International Bus Roadeo and the Customer Service Challenge will be announced at an awards dinner on Tuesday, May 7, at the J.W. Marriott from 7-9:30 p.m.

What: International Bus Roadeo

What: 2013 Bus & Paratransit Conference

Where: Allison Transmissions Test Track

              5100 10th Street

              Indianapolis, IN 46204


Where:   J.W. Marriott

                10 S. West Street

                Indianapolis, IN 46204



When:    May 5, 2013


Time:     8 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

When:     May 5-8, 2013



Press: Media registration for the 2013 Bus & Paratransit Conference and International Bus Roadeo is FREE but registration is required.  To pre-register, go to and when filling out the registration form, cross out the registration fees, write in media and send in via fax.  Pre-registration ends on April 30, 2013.  Onsite registration is available at the APTA conference registration desk at the Convention Center starting May 5.

Events:  Some conference events are highlighted below.
               For a complete listing of sessions, visit:  

Sunday, May 5

4:30 - 6:00 p.m.  Opening General Session 
President & CEO’s Welcome:
-Michael P. Melaniphy,
president & CEO, APTA
Host Welcome:
-Michael A. Terry,
president & CEO, Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo), Indianapolis, IN
-Flora M. Castillo,
CHIE, chair, APTA, and board member, New Jersey     Transit Corporation, Newark, NJ 
Presentation of the 2013 Bus Safety & Security Excellence Awards

Hurricane Sandy: Managing the Disaster – Managing Resilience
-Michael A. Terry,
president & CEO, Indianapolis Public Transportation     Corporation (IndyGo), Indianapolis, IN 
-Joseph M. Casey,
member, APTA Board of Directors, and general     manager, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA 
-Darryl Irick, president, MTA Bus Company, New York, NY 
-James Weinstein, member, APTA Board of Directors, and executive director,    New Jersey Transit Corporation, Newark, NJ
Monday, May 6 

8 - 9:30 a.m.  MAP-21 and Mobility Management: How the New Law Will Impact Transit 
Learn about new mobility management centered governance models that support paratransit, fixed-route services and a multitude of other service     providers, and how they are being implemented around the country. Also hear about how large urbanized areas are taking on this new role as mobility     managers, coordinating projects among transit systems, MPO’s and nonprofit organizations.

8 - 9:30 a.m.  The Many Faces of BRT
This session will illustrate the many looks and features that the BRT mode is    taking at the mid-size operations level -- from fully featured to ‘on a shoe     string.’ Additionally, the behind-the-scene reasons and key insights for those looks will be discussed.

8 - 9:30 a.m.  Advanced Vehicle Technology
Bet you thought you would never hear about a super-capacitor at a bus     conference. Well think again. Exotic battery technologies and other advances    are also on the horizon. Now is the time to hear about them from the experts.

9:45 - 11:15 a.m. Creating New American Jobs Through Public Transportation Investment
As the nation continues to experience high unemployment rates, public transportation investments can provide an area of opportunity for the creation of new American jobs.  Public transit agencies are developing new procurement evaluation methods which encourage the creation of new American businesses and jobs.

11 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Bus Display 
 Buses will be on display for your inspection at the White River State Park Visitors Center parking lot located at 801 W. Washington Street. The lot is    adjacent to the JW Marriott and a short 5-10 minute walk from the hotel.  

2:15 – 3:45 p.m. Customer Service Challenge
Join us as the industry’s very best operators' face-off in a contest to test their customer service skills at this exciting and entertaining event. Come one, come all to see who walks away with the title of transit’s ‘top ambassador!’

2:15 - 3:45 p.m.  Video Based Safety and Security solutions: Let’s Take a Closer Look
The increase in not just the use of video-based risk management systems, but also the range of applications for which they are designed, reflects our continual pursuit of safety for our employees, patrons, and general public. Through a variety of perspectives, representing the technology providers, users, and other stakeholders, this session examines how the power of on-board camera systems can be harnessed to develop and enhance a safety culture.

2:15 - 3:45 p.m. Green Goals & Initiatives
Transit agencies are implementing new strategies and initiatives to decrease costs and increase performance of their fleets and facilities. Hear presentations on how green initiatives are helping to reduce costs and add value to transit agencies and the communities they serve.

4 - 5:30 p.m. Fare Collection in the Real World
Mobile ticketing and electronic payment schemes are entering the mainstream in bus and paratransit systems. Methods that permit riders to easily download applications to purchase tickets on their mobile phone are explored as are methods to address the nagging proof of payment problem. Various methods, including QR scan codes, readable image, and near field communication, are compared in real applications worldwide.

Tuesday, May 7 

8 - 9:30 a.m.   Host Forum: Indy Connect – Central Indiana’s Transit Planning Initiative
Join us as members from this initiative share the story of growing the discussion of transit expansion in the community. The discussion will include public and private sector insight into the genesis of the transit vision to the methodical approach to incorporating transit into the MPO’s Long Range Transportation Plan.

9:45 - 11:00 a.m.   Recruiting and Hiring Returning Veterans
Hear from transit organizations who are leading the way in their veteran recruitment, outreach, hiring campaigns, and programs. Learn about APTA’s    new partnership programs and outreach efforts to returning veterans. Engage in active information exchange. Hear from our industry leaders and engage in small group discussions. Learn from industry leaders, each other, and representatives assisting returning veterans.

9:45 - 11 a.m.   Clean Fuels – Not a Short-Term Commitment
It’s a long-term commitment to introduce a new technology into your fleet…from deciding the right propulsion technology to upgrading your facility    to accommodate the new fleet. This session will explore different propulsion types and what it takes to introduce to into your agency’s fleet.

10:30 - 12 p.m. Bus Products & Services Showcase
 Registrants can view the products and obtain information relating to the bus products and services on display. Expert personnel are on hand to answer your questions as you inspect what’s new and innovative in the world of bus equipment and services.

2:15 - 3:45 p.m. Walk and Roll Wellness Event     
All conference and bus roadeo registrants and guests are invited to participate in the third annual “Walk and Roll” wellness event.  Following remarks,  join    us as we take a healthy walk and stroll through beautiful downtown Indianapolis and unite for the accessible transportation needs to benefit people    with disabilities within our communities. This event is accessible and all are encouraged to participate.  

3:15 - 4:15 p.m. Moving Forward with Vehicle Safety
Join us for this roundtable discussion which is a continuation of last year’s focus on seatbelts and standee policies, now with an emphasis on how to interpret, prepare for, and ultimately comply with the new standards and regulations governing transit vehicle safety. 

4 - 5:30 p.m. The Future of Wireless
How can it help us and maybe how can it hurt us? There are many aspects to this technology from backroom dealings for spectrum availability to passenger expectations for wireless access on transit vehicles. Presented in layman’s terms, we will investigate a range of topics with a panel of industry practitioners including leading suppliers, systems integrators and operators.

Wednesday, May 8 

8 - 9:45 a.m.  BRT: Implementation, New Technologies…and Lessons Learned
What has been learned and how can you ensure your choice with BRT is the right choice for you.  Listen to two agencies as they discuss their systems road    to successful BRT service and what it took to get there.  There will also be a discussion of a forgotten concept that, when applied can help provide the successful service you’re looking for.

9:45 - 11:15 a.m. Transit Solutions for Livable & Sustainable Communities
How is transit playing a role in building livable and sustainable communities?   What partnerships are being formed? Hear both international and U.S.     perspectives and solutions that help integrate land use and transit decision making for better community outcomes.  Hear how green design can promote    this effort.

9:45 - 11:15 a.m. Emergency Preparedness and All Hazards. What Has Changed and What Lessons Have We Learned?
Join us with this interactive session to explore the recent changes in the federal    government’s guidance on emergency preparedness and all hazards and     explore what transit agencies are doing to bolster their emergency preparedness and ensure resiliency when disaster strikes.

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Closing General Session: Ladies and Gentlemen...Start Your Engines!
Join us along with four-time IZOD IndyCar Series Champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 Winner Dario Franchitti, as he discusses the dedication, team building, performance, and excellence involved in the sport of motor racing. Individuals win races...teams win championships.

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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organizations, engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed passenger rail. This includes: transit systems; planning, design, construction, and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; transit associations and state departments of transportation. APTA is the only association in North America that represents all modes of public transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical transit services and products More than 90 percent of the people using public transportation in the United States and Canada ride APTA member systems.

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