2 . CNBC reports on bus industry being hammered by COVID with billions in relief at stake in Congress
Click the image below for a report and video about our industry's fight for economic relief.

3 . U.S. corporate leaders urge Congress to provide more funds to help small businesses
Forbes | July 31, 2020 | by Siladitya Ray

More than 100 U.S. corporate leaders including former Starbucks head Howard Schultz, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella have called on the U.S. Congress to offer additional longer-term support for small businesses to help them survive the coronavirus pandemic.

In a letter released on Monday, the group of current and former executives wrote to leaders of the House and Senate, warning that “small business owners are facing a future of potential financial ruin that will make the nation’s current economic downturn last years longer than it must.”

The corporate leaders said they foresaw a “wave of permanent closures” by Labor Day if Congress failed to act, adding “allowing small businesses to fail will turn temporary job losses into permanent ones.”

The letter pushes for another round of short-term relief through the Paycheck Protection Program and calls on lawmakers to pass legislation similar to the RESTART Act proposed by Sens. Michael Bennet (D-Co.), and Todd Young (R-Ind.).

4 . JetBlue uses robot cleaning technology to sanitize cabins
Caribbean News Digital | July 31, 2020

JetBlue has become the first airline in the country to use new cutting-edge UV light technology in its cleaning efforts as a means to fight the coronavirus.

According to New York’s NBC 4, JFK Airport in the Big Apple, along with Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida, have been selected to pilot the new UV system to treat surfaces in JetBlue aircraft interiors.

JetBlue will be using the system while continuing with other cleaning methods. In clinical studies, ultraviolet light has been found to be capable of significantly reducing certain viruses and bacteria, including SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV, when properly used at certain levels.

It’s a device that looks like a blend between a beverage cart and a robot, but it is meant to help continue the fight against coronavirus.

5 . Virginia Tech study finds driving experience, not age, impacts commercial vehicle crash rates
Fleet Owner | August 3, 2020 | by Jane Clark

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute’s National Surface Transportation Safety Center came out with a study about the role of age and experience in safety risks of drivers of commercial vehicles.

I bet many of you would have assumed that age was the most important factor in determining risk and therefore that younger drivers were more likely to be at higher risk for unsafe driving behavior and accidents.

Well, it seems that this is and isn’t true. Before I explain that, let me give you a little more detail about the study. More than 9,000 people completed a questionnaire that asked about their age and CDL driving experience among other things. Driver safety performance metrics from the Motor Carrier Management Information System was cross-referenced with the survey data along with crash data from fleets and from the Commercial Driver’s License Information System.

6 . Martz uses social media to remind us of the importance of staying upbeat and smiling

7 . Georgia Coach Lines escorts Rep. John Lewis on his final ride

Bus & Motorcoach News | August 3, 2020 | by Shandra Martinez
Clarence Cox with longtime friend, the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis.
If you watched the news coverage of Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) being laid to rest, you likely saw the distinctive green buses from Georgia Coach Lines.

For owners Clarence and Wendy Cox, this important assignment meant being there for a lifelong friend.

Clarence Cox, 58, was a teen when he first met the civil rights leader. They would occasionally converse at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where Martin Luther King Jr. preached and pastored. The church was where many, including three former presidents, gathered recently to honor Rep. Lewis and his legacy.

“I grew up in Ebenezer Baptist Church, where (Lewis) was also a member,” Clarence said. “I’ve known him since my high school days. I thought he was an awesome man because, the thing about him that was so different, is that he was approachable. He took an interest in you and how you were doing.”

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