Member News
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Budget Charters Inc.
Primary Contact: Gary F. Shimshock
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 - Safety Measures for Passengers Video

Click the image below to watch a video on the measures that GNJMA Members at  Lakeland Bus are implementing to keep their passengers safe.

Lancer Insurance - Advice on Reopening After Coronavirus

While the coronavirus pandemic continues, much of the nation has turned its attention toward lifting restrictions and reopening the economy. But, as a passenger transportation business owner, are you prepared for the moment you get the green light to reopen?  Read about four areas that GNJMA Sponsor, Lancer Insurance examined that passenger transportation companies should consider to help transition safely and successfully from being operationally idled during the crisis to heading out on the nation's roadways transporting passengers post pandemic.
Prevost Updates

Prevost Pre-Owned Welcomes Veteran Salesperson Janet Cathey 
GNJMA Sponsor, Prevost is excited to welcome Janet Cathey to the pre-owned sales team.  Janet will cover eight states as the South East Regional Sales Manager for Pre-Owned Coaches.  Cathey is a familiar face to many operations and brings over 30 years of industry experience in the cutaway and motorcoach industries.  Read the full press release.

Prevost Releases "Ready To Go" Program With Easy To Use Tools To Help Operators Restart Business
GNJMA Sponsor, Prevost expanded its Clean + Care program with the release of "Ready to Go", a package of easy to use tools designed to help operators restart their business. The new program includes messaging and marketing for bus and tour businesses including many new processes and procedures to support operators with reassuring riders that they can safely resume group bus travel.  Read the full press release.
It's BACK! Parking in AC - Exclusive Rates for GNJMA Members!

Last month, we shared the unfortunate news of Atlantic City Transportation Center, aka Hansen's, parking lot closure.  This long-time member benefit was lost.   Now, we are happy to share we have negotiated a new deal for you with B&B Parking (Bill and Tim Boland).  B&B Parking has been provided a listing of our Members for verification. Note, while the location is 114 South New York Avenue, the entrance is on Kentucky Avenue.  

Login to the GNJMA Member Portal to get the details.  Please  contact us if you need assistance. 
GNJMA Distributes Face Masks to Operators

GNJMA scheduled 3 pick-up locations for operator members (Lakeland Bus, Stout's Transportation and Safety Bus).  We delivered 25,000 masks provided to us by FEMA via FMCSA.  Chris Rotondo and Doug Dougherty from FMCSA greeted members along with Pattie Cowley, our Executive Director.  GNJMA surveyed members to gather the necessary data for mask distribution.  We would like to thank FEMA and FMCSA for providing these for our members and their employees. 
GNJMA Extends Invitation to Fall Marketplace

GNJMA extended an invitation to the Pennsylvania Bus Association ( PBA) to attend our October 15th Marketplace at Caesars in Atlantic City. The PBA Board accepted the invitation at their June 24th Board Meeting.

The PBA March 2020 Marketplace was cancelled due to COVID-19. This is a great opportunity for both organizations to collaborate for the greater good of our industry.

More good news: The Bus Association of New York ( BANY) reached out to us and is also interested in participating.  They shared the invite in last week's Friday Flash email to their members.

GNJMA Operators and Destination and Attraction members, register today!  Early bird discount of 20% ends 8/1.  Thank you!
GNJMA Holds Town Hall Forum on Diversity 

The free Town Hall Forum on Diversity took place on June 30th, facilitated by  HR professionals with experience in diversity, was well-attended.  This session received a 4.33 out of 5 rating with great interest to attend future Town Hall Forums on additional workplace topics.   View the agenda and some questions that were addressed here .
If you would like to submit additional workplace topics, please email us.  Thank you!
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 the results.  We will circulate another survey before the end of July to obtain updates.

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.
 Industry News
Tell Your Senators to Support the CERTS Act

Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Coronavirus Economic Relief for Transportation Services (CERTS) Act of 2020 (S. 4150).    Read the Member Alert we recently sent.   The GNJMA has been in contact with our Senators and also penned a letter about supporting this bill.

  • Reach out to your Senators, while they are at home and tell them to vote YES for the CERTS Act.  
  • Visit for sample letters you can send to your Senators. 
  • Or you can use this easy, one-click link (, provided by UMA, to sent a letter to your Senator(s).
  • Then please SHARE the link with employees, customers, and anyone who cares about your business, and our industry
Washington Post Article Highlights Need for Relief 
McConnell Expects New Virus Relief Bill by
End of Month    

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell predicted Congress will pass one final coronavirus rescue package later this month and appealed to everyone in public life to urge people to wear masks to control the spread.  Read more...
Congress Extends Paycheck Protection Program    

Congress has extended the deadline for small businesses to apply for approximately $134 billion in Paycheck Protection Program funds until    August 8.   Read more...
SBA and Treasury Announce Release of Paycheck Protection Program Loan Data    

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced it was releasing detailed loan-level data regarding the loans made under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This disclosure covers each of the 4.9 million PPP loans that have been made.  Read more...
CDC Offers Free Hand Washing and Germ Fighting Digital And Paper Posters     

The CDC offers free digital and paper posters regarding washing hands and fighting germs.  The posters can be used to help raise awareness about handwashing in highly visible public areas, such as schools, workplaces, and restrooms. They are designed for all audiences, and some are available in multiple sizes and languages,  Print Your Own or Order from the CDC-Info on Demand.
The Federal Reserve Opens Its Main Street 
Lending Program    

The Federal Reserve opened the lender portal for the Main Street Lending Program as an alternative to the Paycheck Protection Program. Unlike the PPP, which was created as part of the CARES Act to deliver forgivable loans to small businesses through the U.S. Small Business Administration as long as they retain their employees for eight weeks during the coronavirus pandemic, the Main Street Lending Program's loans are not forgivable, although they are at low interest rates.  Read more...
COVID-19 Pandemic Update from the EEOC    

The EEOC has updated its Technical Assistance publication addressing questions arising under the ADA and the ADEA related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the EEOC explains certain return-to-work actions by employers are discriminatory.  Read more...
NJ Labor Department Offers Extended Benefits to Unemployed    

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced that it would begin providing 20 weeks of extended unemployment this week to New Jersey workers who have exhausted their state and federal jobless benefits.  Read more...
NJ Will Now Require People Wear Masks Outside To Battle Coronavirus    

Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 163 on July 8th, which requires individuals to wear face coverings in outdoor public spaces when it is not practicable to socially distance and keep a six-foot distance from others, excluding immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners, except where doing so would inhibit that individual's health, where the individual is under two years of age, or in situations where individuals cannot feasibly wear a face covering, such as when eating or drinking at outdoor dining areas.  Read more...
Casinos and Racetracks Reopened July 2    

Gov. Phil Murphy announced that casinos and racetracks, including indoor sportsbooks and lounges, will be able to reopen on July 2 and operate at 25% capacity. He also announced that indoor dining will be able to reopen on the same date, also limited to 25% capacity, although that was later rescinded
How Transportation Insurers Are Adapting To Help In Time Of Crisis    

For this sector of the motorcoach industry, whose preferred mode of operation has always been face-to-face, one-on-one, your-place-or-ours, the coronavirus pandemic has left the major insurance carriers scrambling to adjust and adapt to new paradigms to continue serving and helping their client operators through this time of crisis.  Read more...
Transportation Companies Should Immediately Implement "Return to Work Safety Plans" to Avoid Lawsuits & Claims    

Over the past several weeks, states and regions have moved to reopen from the government-ordered shutdowns that have shuttered businesses, closed schools and limited travel in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All 50 states and the District of Columbia have re-opened business in various phases, and while transportation companies are essential workers, the opening up of client businesses that are non-essential will hopefully increase ridership, but also viral exposure risks. Read more...
Secretary Chao Recognizes Essential Role Of Private Bus and Motorcoach Companies

Click the image to watch Secretary Chao's laudatory statement about our industry's essential role.

Motorcoach Industry Losing $11B Due to Pandemic    

The American Bus Association (ABA) now estimates that the U.S. motorcoach industry will see its economic loss reach nearly $11 billion, a 71% decline in annual business, despite the easing of restrictions across the country.  Read more...
FMCSA Updates  

FMCSA Further Extends Expiring Licenses, Certifications Amid Pandemic
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) extended a previous waiver of expiring driver's license and medical examiner's certificates by an additional 90 days, as many commercial vehicle drivers (CMV) are unable to renew or provide documentation to their State Driver Licensing Agencies during COVID-19 closures. The FMCSA extended through Sept. 30 a previous notice that was effective from March 24 until June 30. FMCSA said the extension provides the needed relief from specified Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) for commercial license permit holders (CLP), commercial driver license (CDL) holders, non-CDL drivers, and motor carriers.  Read more...  
FMCSA Report on Drugs Commonly Abused by CDL Drivers
The FMCSA has issued a report through its Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse noting trends in the types of drugs commonly abused by CDL drivers and how many drivers are currently enrolled in the clearinghouse.   Read the report .
FMCSA Considering Inclusion of Hair Testing Results in Drug Clearinghouse
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is considering whether carriers should include positive drug tests obtained via hair follicle testing in the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, according to Jim Mullen, acting administrator.  Read more...
Will FMCSA Delay HOS Final Rule?
Will FMCSA delay the HOS Final Rule? They will if a group made up of safety advocates and trucking companies have their way. The group is asking the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to delay revisions to the revised hours of service final rule.  Read more...
Operation Safe Driver Week is July 12-18 With a Focus on Speeding    

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's (CVSA) 2020 Operation Safe Driver Week will go on as scheduled, July 12-18. During this week-long traffic enforcement safety initiative, law enforcement personnel throughout North America will be looking for drivers who are engaging in unsafe driving behaviors on our roadways. Identified drivers will be pulled over by law enforcement and may be issued a warning or citation.  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;  There is an 
early bird 20% discount  if you  register by 8/1 .  GNJMA member exhibitor pricing is $495 (less 20%, if registered and paid by 8/1).     D ownload 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:

  • Keep the Pressure on Your Senators Regarding The CERTS Act 
  • GNJMA Extends Invitation to Fall Marketplace 
  • #MemberMondays: Bergen Upholstery 
  • It's BACK! Parking in AC - Exclusive Rates for GNJMA Members!  
  • Time to ACT! CERTS Act 
  • CERTS Act and Gov. Murphy Pauses Indoor Dining 
  • #MemberMondays: The Amish Experience 
  • ABA Task Force Shares Sample Protocols and Back To Booking Webinar 
  • Joint Incoming Travel Advisory  
  • Invitation to Town Hall Forum on Diversity
  • GNJMA Operators: Show Your Appreciation to Group Leaders!
GNJMA Social Media Toolkit for Awareness

We recently sent a reminder on this campaign.  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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