ABA, Busworld Academy Announce Schedule for 2020 North America Conference

The American Bus Association (ABA) and the Busworld Foundation have released the preliminary schedule and topics of the inaugural Busworld Academy, which will take place during ABA’s Marketplace in Omaha, Neb., Jan. 11-14, 2020.

The Busworld Academy will be held Monday, Jan. 13 and Tuesday, Jan. 14 during Marketplace. Scheduled topics include:

  • CEO Panel: The State and Future of the North American Bus & Motorcoach Market
  • Experiences, Challenges and Trends in Electric and Alternative Fuel
  • Implementing Electric and Alternative Fuel Bus & Motorcoach Operations
  • Driver Hiring, Training and Monitoring Best Practices
  • “Mobility-as-a-Service” in the Bus & Motorcoach Industry
  • Cooperation between Cities, Transit and Private Bus Operators

Speakers will include key industry influencers such as presidents of major bus and motorcoach operators, transit operations and manufacturers from around the world, experts in bus and motorcoach technology, scientists and engineers working on the latest technologies, suppliers to the industry and others who shape the trends today and in the future.

“We are proud and honored to add the North America edition to the Busworld Academy circuit,” said Jan Deman, Busworld Academy director. “The Busworld Academy Conferences are already present on a regular basis in Europe (Brussels), China (Shanghai), South East Asia (Jakarta), Central Asia (Almaty), Russia (Moscow), Latin America (Bogotà) and Turkey (Istanbul), and a Middle East Edition is being prepared in Muscat (Oman). We cooperate with as well local and international partners, such as the United Nations, UITP, the Worldbank, the World Resource Institute, the Union of Local Governments and Cities (UCLG), Frost& Sullivan, etc. to bring high-level content and visionary speakers.”

“As chairman of the 2020 Marketplace and a motorcoach operator I look forward to participating in the upcoming Busworld Academy," said Luke Busskohl of Arrow Stage Lines in Omaha. "The industry landscape is changing, and ABA is at the forefront meeting the needs of motorcoach operators with these added value events at Marketplace. The Busworld Academy is a great addition to ABA's already stellar educational offerings in motorcoach safety, maintenance and repair, innovation and regulatory updates. There is literally education for everyone in your company - from the C-suite to sales to safety and maintenance teams. Every operator should be there! There is nothing like it offered anywhere in the U.S."

“In Omaha, the presentations will exceed the operational level, and will as such not be in conflict with the existing educational program of the ABA Marketplace,” said Stefan Meersseman from Parmentier Bus and Busworld Academy president. “We will bring testimonials from all over the world on the implementation of zero emission bus systems, on the digitalization in the bus business, and add an overview of the North American bus and motorcoach market. The debate with the CEOs and the manufacturers in the American market will showcase trends and evolutions in size, powertrains and comfort level of the future urban and interurban passenger transport, school services and motorcoach tourism.

“We are happy to announce that the Transport Departments of Paris and Amsterdam have confirmed their presence, as well as Transdev, Frost & Sullivan, Comtrade.com, Alstom, and many others. We look forward to interactive discussions between stakeholders in the bus and motorcoach industry from all over the globe.”

ABA and the Busworld Foundation are currently accepting papers from experts who would like to participate in the Academy. For more information on how to submit your paper under one of the topics highlighted, contact Brad Tucker at btucker@buses.org.

“We are looking forward to the 2020 debut of Busworld Academy North America,” said Peter Pantuso, president & CEO of ABA. “Busworld Academy is known around the world for putting on the best and most thought-provoking education programs in the bus and motorcoach industry. The people coming together to discuss the future of the North American industry will revolutionize how we plan for the industry in 5-10 years down the road.”

For more information about ABA’s Marketplace and Busworld Academy, visit www.buses.org/marketplace and www.busworldacademy.org.


About Busworld Academy

Throughout their existence, Busworld and the Busworld Academy have been a focal point for people who want to find all kinds of information on the many aspects of the bus and coach industry. Using our worldwide network of exhibitors, operators, academics, journalists, engineers and other contacts, we have always been able to point people in the right direction. The Busworld Academy has three main objectives, mainly to acquire, bundle and share bus and coach related knowledge about all aspects of the industry, including technological developments to enhance sustainable mobility, legislation, markets and more specialized topics, such as coach tourism. These topics can be categorized in three main fields: Safety, Sustainability and Comfort. For more information, visit www.busworldacademy.org

About the American Bus Association

The American Bus Association (ABA) is the trade organization of the intercity bus industry, with more than 1,000 motorcoach and tour company members in the United States and Canada. Its members operate charter, tour, regular route, airport express, special operations and contract services. Another 2,800 members are travel and tourism organizations and suppliers of bus products and services who work in partnership with the North American motorcoach industry.


Melanie Hinton, Vice President, Communications & Marketing, ABA
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