Member News
We announced at the end of June that we are interested in sharing your story with the rest of the GNJMA community of members.  To get the ball rolling, we introduced #MemberMondays! 

We will send an email to the membership and post to social media each Monday.  We will use the hashtag #MemberMondays, along with your company's social medial handles.  

We need submissions to make this happen, so if you are interested in being featured, please share with us your story, any special news, such as company anniversaries, etc. by clicking this link

Lakeland Bus - Video to be Featured In Campaign

Congrats to GNJMA Member, Lakeland Bus! They were chosen to be featured in the CURIS System Heroes of Disinfection campaign! Entries ran the gamut: transit companies, hotel services, an organization aiding developmentally disabled individuals, EMS, hospitals, bio-decontamination services, and more.  Lakeland will also receive a free case of solution.  Click the image below to watch the video on the measures Lakeland Bus has implemented to keep their passengers safe.

Sheppard Bus Acquires New Location

GNJMA Member, Sheppard Bus has recently acquired a new location in South Hampton, that of the previous Laurel Enterprise's. "Expanding our operational footprint, and providing new resources to an already established terminal, is something we are proud to take on. We are more than excited to meet all of our new drivers, mechanics, aides, and office staff!" Jeanie Tucker, the safety director at Sheppard Bus pictured below, has stated.  Congrats!

Klein Services NYC Runs Resume

After a temporary suspension of service, GNJMA Member Klein Transportation resumed transportation to New York City on July 31 and runs weekly on Friday's and Sunday's with intensified cleaning, disinfecting, distancing and prevention practices.  Read about their commitment.
MCI Presentation & News

Patrick Laffan, VP Sales, Northeast Region and colleagues from GNJMA Platinum Sponsor, MCI, held an informative presentation on August 12th.  The agenda included a Corporate Overview, Coach Maintenance Best Practices, MCI "Clean and Protect" Product Offerings, and What can MCI do for you while the market is stalled out? Click here for the slides from the presentation.

Also, New Flyer and MCI merged recently.  Both companies have legacies of product excellence dating back to the 1930's. The combined entity will retain both market-leading brands and will operate under the leadership of New Flyer President Chris Stoddart.  Read more...
BUSBooks' Tracy Fickett Shares Expertise on PPP

GNJMA Member, BUSBooks' Tracy Fickett is well-versed in how the Paycheck Protection Program impacts motorcoach operators and shared her expertise recently in a webinar.  Read more about what you need to know here.
Philadelphia is Back in Business Virtual Event

GNJMA Operators, join GNJMA Member One Liberty Observation Deck and members of the Philadelphia Attractions Group for a Zoom event on Wednesday, September 16th.  They will be discussing how Philly is back in business and answering all of your questions for both 2020 and 2021 tours.

If interested, please send an email to Diane Meglino CTIS, Sales Manager at

GNJMA Destination & Attraction Member Open Status

We surveyed our 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?

Click here to download and view results.  We will circulate another survey next month.

Benefits of GNJMA Membership

Login to the GNJMA Member Portal and review all the benefits through your GNJMA Membership!  Contact us for help with logging in or navigating the site.
 Important Industry Updates & News 

Congress Went Home! Call & Invite Them Over!

While we were all waiting for news on the relief bill for the motorcoach industry, also referred to as the CERTS Act, we learned our leaders failed again to come to an agreement.  Senator Chuck Grassley advised the Senate will not reconvene until after Labor Day.

The Senate version of the CERTS Act (S. 4150) now has 28 co-sponsors and the House version (H.R. 7642) has 46 co-sponsors. The industry needs more co-sponsors for the CERTS Act and if there is any good news that comes out of this delay, it is we have more opportunity to increase co-sponsors. 

We hate to sound like a broken record, but please call your representatives who have not co-sponsored yet.  Ask them to visit you, since they are home!  Please refer to our most recent Member Alert from Wednesday for contact information and to find out who didn't sign on yet. 
DePaul University's Chaddick Institute Says COVID-19 Delivering A One-Two Punch To Nation's Bus Lines    

DePaul University's Chaddick Institute recently reported on the state of the industry in an email communication to transportation professionals.  Read the communication.
Senator Grassley Speaks On Behalf of Motorcoach Industry on the Senate Floor    

While everyone is working on getting the CERTS Act through to help our industry specifically, we are thankful to so many supporters, including Senate Finance Chair Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).  In this video below, Chuck took to the Senate floor to advocate for the motorcoach industry.  

Bus Companies DO NOT Have An Extension For IRP    

According to Tori Walker, manager for IFTA/IRP/Audit units, there seems to be confusion regarding an extension for IRP.  Tori advised GNJMA that they do not have an extension for IRP. The extension ended on July 31, 2020. So please, if you did not register, you have to register now.  

Please email your paperwork to  They are currently backlogged two weeks.  They are also working on publishing this information on the IRP website.
NJMVC Commercial Bus Inspection Advisory    

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) conducted commercial bus inspections on a limited basis during the shutdown.  Those inspections were suspended for a short time to allow the MVC to focus its resources on the backlog of road test customers. Specification inspections have resumed  Read the Advisory.
DOT Releases Policy Document on
Emerging Tech Engagement    

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao unveiled guidelines that technology innovators can follow to help them engage with the federal government as they develop new projects.  Read more...
FMCSA Updates  

Have You Conducted Your Annual Queries Yet? 
Employers must conduct annual queries by January 5, 2021.  Read more...
Passenger Carrier No-Defect Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports 
FMCSA rescinds the requirement that drivers of passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) operating in interstate commerce submit, and motor carriers retain, driver-vehicle inspection reports (DVIRs) when the driver has neither found nor been made aware of any vehicle defects or deficiencies (no-defect DVIRs).  Read the Final Rule.
CVSA Updates  
CVSA's Standard Out-Of-Service Criteria Available Through New App     
Moving forward, starting from 2019, all versions of the OOSC will be available in one location via the CVSA OOSC app.  Read more...
CVSA's International Roadcheck Rescheduled for September, 9-11    
The postponed International Roadcheck event has been rescheduled for Sept. 9-11.  Read more...
MD Governor Announces All-Electronic Tolling Now Permanent at All MDTA Facilities Statewide     

Governor Larry Hogan announced that full-time all-electronic (cashless) tolling is now permanent across Maryland.  Read more...
NYC Imposes COVID-19 Checkpoints At Transit Hubs   

New York City would start implementing checkpoints across the five boroughs to help enforce Gov. Andrew Cuomo's quarantine order.  Read more...
The Safest Way to Travel in the US Now is by Car, Motorcoach or Virtually     

Experts agree that the safest way to travel after being pent up for months in quarantine and isolation is by private car or motorcoach.  Read more...
Labor Unions Petition Transportation Department for Mandatory Mask Rule     

Labor unions representing transportation workers formally asked the U.S. Department of Transportation this week to issue an emergency rule ordering passengers to wear masks on planes, buses and trains or be denied a ride.  Read more...
GNJMA Upcoming Events
Exhibitors and Operators - Register Today for the Marketplace!

Exhibitors:  New for 2020, Marketplace will have a Halloween Theme!  We are also offering special pricing this year;  The early bird 20% discount expires on 8/15.  GNJMA member exhibitor pricing is $495.   Download the registration form and reserve your booth today!  Get more details here.

Operators:  As you know, this is a fun event for your Group Leaders, which allows them to visit with a variety of destination and attractions all in one place, to get new ideas for group travel.  We recently mailed you postcards to mail and generate interest from your group leaders.  Get more details and register.

October 2020
October 14 Golf Outing, Atlantic City Country Club
October 14 Meet and Mingle, TBD
October 15 Mini-Marketplace, Caesar's, AC

November 2020
November 19 Annual Driver Safety Meeting, Wind Creek, Bethlehem


Spring: March 15, 2021 Wind Creek - Bethlehem
Fall:     October 7, 2021 Resorts - Atlantic City 
 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:
  • Murphy Signs EO 165 and July 15th Tax Day
  • Final Rule DVIR, CERTS Act & NJ $9.9B COVID
  • Registration Officially Open for the GNJMA Annual Meeting and Events! 
  • Early Bird Registration for Marketplace Ends August 1 - Get 20% off!
  • NJ Health Benefits Premium Tax ACTION NEEDED!
  • Member Offering: PuraArmor Sanitization Program
  • Keep Pushing for Relief Funding & Fall Events Reminder!
  • Additional $15 Million in CARES Act Funding and #MemberMondays
  • Attention Destinations and Attractions! Our GNJMA Operators Miss You! Are You Open For Business?
  • GNJMA Membership Dues Renewal - No Annual Dues
  • Action Items Related to CERTS Act
  • Join MCI for a Virtual Presentation
  • Early Bird 20% Discount Extended until August 15th! Register for the Marketplace Today!
  • Certs Act Action, IRP and NJMVC Inspections Update
GNJMA Is Active on Multiple Social Media Platforms

If you are not aware, GNJMA maintains active Social Media platforms.  In addition to the emailed communications we send to you, we share information to our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.  We encourage you to LIKE US, FOLLOW US and ENGAGE with us! #gnjma

GNJMA Social Media Toolkit for Awareness

KEEP SHARING!  Let's keep this momentum going and make sure our voices get heard!

Here is the updated Social Media Toolkit (with added "handles"). This step-by-step guide includes:
  • A list of member social media profiles, let us know if you want to be added.
  • Social media post templates to share on your profiles (easy copy/paste)
  • Social media information for members of Congress
  • Key URLs and hashtags
  • Graphics and an infographic to use in posts

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