2 . Congress is home, keep the pressure on for the CERTS Act
3. Flash Survey | Rate your social media savvy
Social Media Background Concept with Speech Bubbles
UMA surveyed Members about their social media savvy back in May. We want to follow up and see how you're doing now that UMA is providing the Social Media Tool Kit.

Please take 20 seconds and complete a one-question survey online. Thank you in advance.
4 . COVID-19 could keep oil prices down through 2021
Fleet Owner | August 14, 2020 | by Josh Fisher

World oil demand might not return to 2019 levels until the end of 2021, which could create opportunities for the U.S. freight industry as the COVID-19 pandemic lingers on during a year like no other.

“Coming into the year, we thought things were going to be very different,” Laura Speake, Caterpillar’s chief economist for energy and transportation, said during her keynote address at FTR Engage, a virtual speaking series from FTR Transportation Intelligence on Aug. 13. While economists like Speake expected slower gross domestic product (GDP) growth in 2020 than in recent years, they were not expecting a U.S.-led or global recession. “The economy was moving to a slower growth pattern, but it was still expected to grow as we went from ’19 into ’20.”

5. WMATA reports bus and subway ridership close to pre-pandemic levels in Washington, DC metro area
April 13, 2020 More trains, more stations, more buses, more hours. Metro is finalizing plans to restore most rail and bus service to pre-Covid levels across the region in the largest – and likely most complex – service change in the system's 44-year history. To support the effort, thousands of frontline Metro employees will transition to new work schedules as the region continues its gradual recovery and more customers are expected.

"Thanks to our congressional delegation, CARES federal funding makes it possible for us to restore service in support of economic recovery for the national capital region," said General Manager and CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld. "As they return, we want our customers to know that facial coverings are required everywhere on the system, and the more frequent trains and buses we are adding will help you ride socially distant."

6 . SBA webinar will explain resources to help woman-owned small businesses
The United States Department of Transportation's (DOT) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) invites you to participate at the Department's Woman-Owned Small Business Resources Webinar to be held on Friday, August 28th.

The webinar will start promptly at 2:00 pm EDT. This event is a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to inform women-owned small businesses about the tools available at these three cabinet-level agencies. 

7. UMA Member Cardinal Transportation is working to get co-sponsors and using our social tools
UMA Membership is FREE through 12/31/2020
Because our industry is stronger together, we invite operators to try UMA Membership FREE through year's end. Join us.
8. Baron's Bus sees UV light as 'best way' to disinfect coaches
Bus & Motorcoach News | August 13, 2020 | by Shandra Martinez
The Cleveland-based Barons Bus is the first U.S. motorcoach operator to install FAR UV Lighting in its vehicles. 

“We have the ability to continuously disinfect while the bus is going down the road. That’s very different from the sprays and everything else, just because you have to wait until people get off so you can respray versus this light has the ability to continuously disinfect as the bus traveling down the road,” Barons Vice President Patrick Goebel said. “It’s also safe for human skin and human eyes, which is different from the other UV lighting, as well. So that’s really what caught our attention.”

The lighting is a groundbreaking technology that effectively kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria, including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in occupied spaces, according to PJ Piper, CEO of FAR UV Technologies – a Kansas City, Missouri, company. The fixtures are mounted inside the bus and continuously sanitize air with UV light that does not produce or use harmful chemicals, Piper said. 

UMA Resource Spotlight
UMA Members have access to a variety of resources to help sustain your business and our industry.

Check out our Social Media Tool Kit to enhance your online profile and promote our industry and UMA's AssurCLEAN Program to put your passengers at ease so they can travel confidently.

And remember to read and subscribe to Bus & Motorcoach News, which is powered by UMA, and your source for the weekly Motorcoach Minute video.

Upcoming UMA Events
Consult the UMA Industry Calendar for more information about events.


  • UMA Town Halls, every Thursday at 2:00 p.m. ET Learn more.

  • UMA Safety Management Seminar, December 2-3, 2020, Ashburn, VA Learn more.

  • UMA Motorcoach EXPO, March 3-7, 2021, Orlando, FL Learn more.

Stay informed
Every Thursday at 2 p.m. ET on the Zoom platform. Join from your computer or phone.
Resources, news and important links for advocacy, federal programs, and more