1/15/2021

Member News
Welcome, New Members!

Welcome to new Platinum sponsor member Irizar USA

Irizar USA is the exclusive dealer and distributor of Irizar products for the U.S. marketplace.  

Primary Contact: Patrick Laffan 702-431-0707 plaffan@irizarusa.com
Welcome to new member EZ DISSAN!  

EZ provides an electrostatic disinfection solution for passenger transportation industries.

Primary Contact: Todd Campbell 724-333-6154 todd@ezdissan.com
Welcome to new member JC Tours Inc.

JC Tours has been in the motorcoach tour industry for over 25 years.  

Primary Contact: Iveliz (Liz) Castellano 800-952-1747
jctours15@aol.com
GNJMA is Celebrating 40 Years!


The Greater New Jersey Motorcoach Association (GNJMA) was established initially under the name Atlantic City Bus Owner's Association (ACBOA). 

ACBOA entered the scene in 1981 so that private bus operators would have a more unified voice on matters of collective interest in the Atlantic City Marketplace. 

Over the years, the Association grew beyond the scope of Atlantic City and in January 2004 the association expanded to become a regional organization known as the Greater New Jersey Motorcoach Association. We thank all our members for making our Association successful today! #GNJMAcelebrates40

2021 Scholarship Applications 

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 will accept applications through March 1, 2021Read the recent member alert and apply today!
Alison Klein Sherman Named President of Klein Transportation, Wayne Klein as CEO 


During a virtual company meeting on Thursday, December 17, 2020, now CEO, Wayne Klein of GNJMA Member 
Klein Transportation, announced that Alison Klein Sherman was named as the new company President.

Alison Klein Sherman, Wayne's daughter and 4th generation of management at Klein, has grown up in the industry with work experience at a destination management organization, hotel and multiple motorcoach companies. Alison holds her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, Marketing and Travel & Tourism. Her combined experiences have helped to prepare her for this position.

"I am passionate about leading our company and the Klein Transportation family of employees into the future," said Klein Sherman. "Working with my Dad is a great honor, and I am confident there are great things to come at Klein as we work together to lead the company."  Read the press release.
January is National Human 
Trafficking Awareness Month

GNJMA members, Coach USA and Greyhound have been recognized by American Bus Association (ABA) for partnering with Busing on the Lookout (BOTL).  BOTL is a program of Truckers Against Trafficking, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Blue Campaign to educate and equip their drivers and networks with information on how to identify and report suspicions of human trafficking they may be seeing in the course of their everyday jobs. 

GNJMA co-sponsored in a coalition build at Kean University in 2019, where many members were present and are actively involved in the efforts to combat human trafficking. For more information on how to get involved, or to obtain resources, please contact us.
January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month!
Northeast Travel & Tour Co Inc.  Going Green! 

GNJMA member Northeast Travel & Tour Co Inc. recently said in a Facebook post "Throughout the year we have a lot of conversations with customers about our buses and why we call them a "green" way to travel.  Modern coaches are the most fuel-efficient form of group travel today! We are proud to be part of the solution to lower carbon emissions, reducing traffic, and greener tomorrows."  Their post was accompanied by a fantastic video.  Check it out!
ABC Companies Places $45M Order for 200 Additional Electric Vehicles 

GNJMA Gold Sponsor, ABC Companies, a premier provider to the transportation industry, places $45M order for 200 additional electric vehicles ranging from Class 3 Transit passenger wagons to motorcoaches.  Read more...
Meet AC Wins Award 

GNJMA member, Meet AC has been awarded the Smart Meetings 2020 Platinum Choice Award as Best Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) in New Jersey.  Congratulations!  Read more...
"Gang of 11" Helps Operators Amplify Their Certs Advocacy Efforts

The "Gang of 11," is a group of bus operators and vendors, including GNJMA's Executive Director Pattie Cowley, who came together to support industry lobbying efforts. Their organized grassroots campaign helped sign up hundreds of congressional co-sponsors of the Coronavirus Economic Relief for Transportation Services (CERTS) Act.  
Read more... 
GNJMA COVID-19 Vaccine for Essential Workers Letter to NJ DOH Commissioner

GNJMA sent a letter to the NJ Department of Health Commissioner, Judith M. Persichilli on December 14th seeking clarification, on behalf of our members, on whether there is further action needed by each individual company to ensure COVID-19 Vaccine availability and distribution.  Read the letter.
Women In Buses Council Highlights GNJMA Executive Director / Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary 

In a social media post, ABA's Women in Buses Council highlighted GNJMA's Executive Director.  Check out the post.  

Also, the Women in Buses Council are celebrating their 10th anniversary.  Read the press release! 
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!

Get featured!  Share with us your story, any special news, such as company anniversaries, etc.  

Each Monday, we send an email to our entire membership and post to our website and social media using the hashtag #MemberMondays, along with your company's social medial handles.

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 Important Industry Updates & News 
FMCSA Proposes Eliminating Vision Exemptions for Drivers
FMCSA:  Watch a Recording of the Live Q&A Session for Employers and C/TPAs
FMCSA Drug Clearinghouse Goes Live, Experiences Connectivity Issues
GNJMA Upcoming Events
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE 2021 MEETING DATES!

Sadly, due to the on-going pandemic and for the safety of all our members and partners, we have made the decision to cancel our Spring Association Meeting & related events, scheduled for March 15-16, 2021 at Wind Creek.  

If we are able to safely and confidently reschedule the Spring meeting to a later date, we will do so.  

Note, we will still honor the 2021 Motorcoach Professional Award recipients this year, when we can safely gather.  When we open the award nominations, we will alert you.

We thank you for your continued support.  We are all in this together!  



Save the Dates! Fall Annual Meeting of Members, Group Leader Marketplace, Annual Golf Outing, Meet & Mingle and/or special 40th Gala!

October 6-7, 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:
  • PPP Loan Application Forms, 1st Draw Applications Can File 
  • GNJMA Members: Submit Your Scholarship Application! 
  • May Your Days Be Merry, Bright & Safe! A Message From Tim Stout 
  • #MemberMondays: Peddler's Village 
  • GNJMA Letter Regarding COVID-19 Vaccine for Essential Transportation Workers 
  • FMCSA HOS Webinar, Annual Driver Drug, Alcohol Record Queries, Updated ODAPC Guidance & NJ PPE Program 
  • $8 Billion Bill Pending with CERTS Language 
  • Coalition of State, Regional and National Associations Come Together
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