2/12/2021
Member News
We Mourn Thomas Picknally's Passing

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that the industry has lost a great colleague and friend. 
 
On Saturday, January 30th, Thomas Picknally of GNJMA member, Peter Pan Bus Lines passed away.  You can read his obituary here.  Rest in Peace.
A Yankee Line News

GNJMA member, A Yankee Line is excited to pivot their resources by reconfiguring their fleet into Mobile Covid-19 Vaccination Units.  Frank Smith of A Yankee Line serves on the Board of Directors of GNJMA and shared his excitement about the recent development.

Their Mobile Vaccinations are outfitted with the following configurations;
  • 6 vaccination stations per vehicle.
  • Fully ADA accessible for individuals with restricted mobility.
  • Onboard refrigeration and medical supply storage.
  • Wifi & power outlets throughout vehicle for administrative support.
  • Nationwide reach with partnering network of operators allowing for the ability to support up to 1,500 Mobile Vaccination Units.
In addition, TEMSA recently completed the delivery of a new TS35E to A Yankee Line. "We at TEMSA are proud of the fact that we got to 'show off' our versatility, and in the midst of a worldwide slowdown, it's great to see an operator like A Yankee Line investing in the future of luxury motorcoach transportation." said Toni Mongiovi, TEMSA's NE Regional Manager, and a member of GNJMA.
Free MCI Learning Opportunities

GNJMA Gold sponsor MCI,  would like to share the many ways your team can stay connected to the industry and stay up to date with the latest learning opportunities.  MCI Academy's online library of 550 FREE courses directed at technicians, drivers and operator staff, you can encourage your team to improve their skills wherever they're located right now. Register at https://www.mciacademy.com/.
Motorcoaches Left Out of More Relief


The next COVID relief package currently moving through Congress has come from the new Biden Administration directly. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) are focused on moving President Biden's economic priorities forward quickly and without interference from the other side, and their priorities do not include motorcoaches.

The $2 billion in grants for motorcoach operators, school bus companies, and passenger ferries was approved in December.  No funds have been paid out and we are waiting for Treasury to disburse. GNJMA has been in contact with Congressional delegates to ask for help.  

In addition, a group of Senators wrote a letter to Janet Yellen to ask for a quick implementation of the CERTS Act.  Read more...
GNJMA Mobile Vaccination Assistance Letter Sent to NJ DOH Commissioner

GNJMA sent a letter to the NJ Department of Health Commissioner, Judith M. Persichilli on January 29th to offer assistance to deploy mobile vaccination units by using our member's unused motorcoaches.  We have heard back initially, but next steps are unclear as the DOH is way behind.  We will keep you updated!
Reminder!  FTA's Charter Service Registry

As a follow-up to our last note on this, we are reminding you to register for the FTA's Charter Service Registry.  If you are not registered, you cannot use the charter service regulation to prevent a public transit from taking a charter or file a complaint. The regulation is there for your protection.

2021 Scholarship Program News

The Scholarship program was developed to promote higher education goals of our members, their employees and their families, whether it be to pursue a college degree or a trade certification.  

The Scholarship Committee has extended the deadline to accept applications through June 30, 2021Get more information and apply today!
2021 Motorcoach Professional Awards
 
GNJMA will open the nominations for the GNJMA Motorcoach Professional Awards on March 1st.

This year, the awards will occur at our Annual Fall Association Meeting October 7th at Resorts.

Save the date and keep your eye on your inbox, and our website, for the more details soon!
Destination & Attractions...Who's Open?

We surveyed our Allied Destination and Attraction Members to get their open status.  We asked:
  • Are you accepting buses?
  • If so, are you requiring temperature checks as passengers disembark?
  • If not, what are your plans?
  • Anything else you would like to share?

In addition, some of our Casino Members provided Bus Arrival Guest instructions for their properties.  Download a copy.


Click here to download and view.   Let us know if you are open!

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 ICYMI:  Member Alerts

Member Alerts are sent out to our Members as needed.  All alerts, as well as past newsletters, can be accessed via our website member portal (Member Info/Documents/Member Alerts) with logon credentials.  Here is a sampling of what has been sent recently:
  • L&W Team 10 Things to 10x ROI for PPP and CERTS stimulus funding
  • #MemberMondays: Trans-Bridge Lines, Inc.
  • Operating License/Gate Space at Port Authority Bus Terminal (NY)
  • CDC and TSA Directives Related to Biden's Mask Mandate
  • NJDOT issues commercial vehicle restrictions on multiple Interstate highways
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