Bus Maintenance and Bus Testing Program Peer-to-Peer Exchange
October 10, 2019

DOT West Wing West Atrium
U.S. Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590


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  1. Share best practices in frontline maintenance worker training
  2. Share model bus maintenance programs from both the original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and transit agency perspectives – especially related to new alternative fuel vehicles
  3. Educate transit agencies about the bus testing program

~ Light Refreshments will be served ~

7:30 – 8:30 am          Registration

9:00 – 9:15 am          Welcome

Adrianne Malasky
Director, Office of Research Management, Innovation, and Outreach
Federal Transit Administration

Vincent Valdes
Associate Administrator, Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation
Federal Transit Administration

Billy Terry
National Transit Institute (New Brunswick, NJ)

9:15 – 9:45 am          Overview of the Current Landscape of Transit Bus Training

John Schiavone
Program Director – Technical Training
Transportation Learning Center (Washington, DC)

9:45 – 11:00 am        Rapidly Evolving Transit Bus Technician Training Needs:  An Agency Perspective

Moderator:  Dinero Washington
Chief Executive Officer
SporTran (Shreveport, LA)

Jerry Gauracino
Deputy Chief Engineering Officer
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (Philadelphia, PA)

Henry Lukasik
Director of Maintenance
Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (St. Petersburg, FL)

Connie Raya
Director of Maintenance
OMNITRANS (San Bernardino, CA)

11:00 – 11:15 am     BREAK

11:15 – 11:30 am     Preparing the Workforce for the Future of Transit

K. Jane Williams
Acting Administrator
Federal Transit Administration

11:30 am – 12:00 pm  How to Successfully Develop a Zero Emission Bus Maintenance Program

Lauren Skiver
General Manager / CEO
SunLine Transit Agency (Thousand Palms, CA)

12:00 – 1:30 pm        LUNCH (USDOT cafeteria)

1:30 – 2:30 pm          A Continuum of Transit Bus Maintenance Training Programs and Models

Moderator: Jack Clark
Executive Director
Transportation Learning Center (Washington, DC)

John McDermott
Director of Special Projects
Consortium for Worker Education (New York, NY)

Hasley King
Master Instructor
Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) (Washington, DC)

Obed Mejia
Senior Bus Equipment Maintenance Instructor
LA Metro (Los Angeles, CA)

2:30 – 3:45 pm      Effective and Efficient Bus Maintenance Training:  The Role of the Transit Bus OEM

Moderator: Billy Terry
National Transit Institute (New Brunswick, NJ)

Karim Derardja
Client Technical Trainer
Nova Bus-Volvo (Quebec, QC)

Darryl Desjarlais
Technical Training Manager
NFI Parts-New Flyer/MCI (Winnipeg, MB)

Jerry Sheehan
Regional Sales Manager
Gillig LLC (York, PA)

Mike Finnern
Vice President, Customer Service
Proterra (Greenville, SC)

3:45 – 4:00pm       Break

4:00 – 4:45 pm      Lowering Maintenance Costs with Bus Testing

Marcel Belanger
Bus Testing Manager
Federal Transit Administration

4:45 – 5:30 pm          Industry Feedback and Wrap-up

Mary Leary
Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Research, Demonstration, and Innovation
Federal Transit Administration