6/9/2020
MEMBER NEWS
Masks and Pick-up Locations 
Operator Members:  we were provided with a shipment of masks through our connection and communication with FMCSA and FEMA.  If you have not completed the survey recently sent to you, please contact us.  With distribution dates starting 6/24th, the deadline to request masks is June 15th.
Three-Part Webinar Series:  Take Action Today and Plan for Tomorrow
Join us for this webinar series with Sally Davis Berry .  

Webinar #1 Analyze Your Situation June 18 - 10:00AM
Webinar #2 Make a Plan June 25 - 10:00AM
Webinar #3 Implement the Plan July 2 - 10:00AM

If these dates don't work for you, we are recording the sessions and will send to registered participants. Get detailed information and register today! #TakeActionThursdays
John Bailey Pens Letter to Vice President Pence
On May 22, 2020, PBA Chair, John Bailey, wrote a letter to the Vice President.  Read it here.
Trans-Bridge Limited Service Resuming June 8th 
PBA member, Trans-Bridge Lines has announced that it will began operating limited service yesterday, June 8th. This will provide much-needed transportation for those who need it for essential travel.   Modified schedules have been posted to the company's website at transbridgelines.com . Adjustments will be made as New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania move to the green phase and passenger counts change.  Read the press release .
Bailey Coach Sanitizes Vehicles in Support of COVID-19 Fund 
PBA Member, Bailey Coach has dedicated one of its specialized electrostatic sprayers to disinfect personal vehicles, with a suggested $10 cash only donation going to support the York County COVID-19 Response Fund. The service will be offered Mondays through Fridays from 8:00am to 2:00pm at Bailey Coach's location in Spring Grove, PA.
REGISTER OR 
SAVE-THE-DATE!
Webinar Series: Take Action Today and Plan for Tomorrow with Sally Davis Berry
#TakeActionThursdays
Zoom Sessions
June 18th 10AM
June 25th 10AM
July 2nd    10AM

2020 Safety Preparedness Workshop
August 11, 2020
York Springs Fire Hall
York Springs, PA

Human Trafficking Coalition Build
August 18, 2020
Monroeville, PA

Human Trafficking Coalition Build
August 20, 2020
Lancaster, PA

PBA 2021 Marketplace
March 23, 2021
York Expo Center
York, PA

PBA 2021 Annual Meeting
June 2021
Wind Creek | Bethlehem
Bethlehem, PA

PBA 2022 Marketplace
March 2022 (22 or 29th)
The Liberty Arena
Williamsport, PA
Lancer Offers State-By-State Financial Relief Options For Businesses 
Visit PBA member, Lancer Insurance's Coronavirus Financial Assistance Tracker webpage to find a state-by-state guide to critical financial assistance for small businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.  Links related to Pennsylvania are below:
South Central PA Tourism Sector Remains Hopeful of Post-Pandemic Local Travel
PBA Members, Franklin County Visitors Bureau, Visit Lebanon Valley, Explore York and Destination Gettysburg have already started laying out plans on how to help visitors and businesses in their areas as mitigation efforts loosen.

Despite the ripple effects of stay-at-home orders and closures within the economy, local tourism representatives believe the South Central Pennsylvania region is uniquely positioned to attract visitors near and far once restrictions are lifted.  Read more...
COVID-19 UPDATES AND INDUSTRY NEWS
Hours of Service Final Rule
The FMCSA's top priority is safety on America's roadways. That's why the Agency is updating hours of service regulations to improve safety and increase flexibility for the nation's commercial vehicle drivers.  Read more...
Relieve Employers of CMV Drivers Subject to Certain Pre-Employment Testing Requirements
Please click here to access a COVID-19 waiver from FMCSA, which would grant a three month waiver from certain pre-employment testing requirements applicable to employers of commercial motor vehicle drivers. CMV drivers outside a random drug testing pool for more than 30 days ordinarily must repeat pre-employment drug testing when they come back to work.  

Through this waiver FMCSA seeks to extend that exemption period from 30 days to 90 days (to September 30), to reflect drivers furloughed due to COVID-19. Employers will still be required to query FMCSA's Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse for returning drivers, which will enable them to identify drivers who are ineligible to perform safety-sensitive functions.
President Trump Signs Bill Changing Paycheck Protection Program
President Donald Trump on Friday signed into law a bill easing conditions for small businesses tapping the government's Paycheck Protection Program, with his OK coming after the measure scored broad support from lawmakers.

The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act makes changes to the PPP that include extending the period for using loans to 24 weeks from eight weeks. It also would let borrowers spend just 60%, rather than 75%, of their loan proceeds on paying workers and still be eligible for loan forgiveness.The U.S. Read more...
Gov. Wolf Announces $225 Million Grant Program for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
Governor Tom Wolf announced a $225 million statewide grant program to support small businesses that were impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis and subsequent business closure order.   The funding was developed in partnership with state lawmakers and allocated through the recently enacted state budget, which included $2.6 billion in federal stimulus funds through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, of which $225 million was earmarked for relief for small businesses.  Read more...
Senate Approves Gramian as PennDOT Secretary
PennDOT officially has a new leader, with Yassmin Gramian approved by the Senate to head the agency during one of the most turbulent times it has experienced in recent memory.

Gramian, a former deputy secretary at PennDOT, will replace current SEPTA Executive Director Leslie Richards, who left the state agency last November.

Serving as acting secretary since Richards' departure, Gramian has already been thrust into the thick of things. Fewer drivers on the road means less gas tax revenue, threatening the agency's bottom line at the same time as it has been forced to delay registration and licensing fees statewide.  Read more...
Updated Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Practice and Procedure During the COVID-19 Emergency
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania workers' compensation system continues to function, with all of its stakeholders using technology and creative workarounds, none of which violate any governmental orders. Throughout the Commonwealth, as various counties are relaxing lockdown procedures, and live courtroom and deposition appearances are once again being contemplated, there remains a steadfast commitment to maintaining orderly access to civil justice for both injured workers and their employers.   Read more...
A Focus On Relationships Might Be Key To Surviving Crisis 
"Swinging over Hell on a rotten vine" seems an accurate description of the bus industry's current situation. The best thing to do right now might be to hold on tight and pray for the vine.   As Darwin stomps through our sandbox, he doesn't know which companies are weak because of poor business practices, and which are simply victims of bad luck. Further, he doesn't care. When the economy recovers from the pandemic, some operators (and vendors) are no longer going to be with us.
Groups Plan to Travel Again in 2020
Most travel planners expect to resume operating group trips in 2020, a new survey by The Group Travel Leader finds, and most travel industry organizations believe they will be ready to welcome groups to their destinations by late summer or early fall.  Read more...
After Coronavirus: What Your Next Group Tour Will Look Like
If you're a certain kind of traveler, you enjoy meeting like-minded people and you're happy to leave the details of planning to someone else. Conveyances such as buses or vessels, an easy way to see a city or the countryside, don't give you pause - or they didn't until recently.  Read more...
PennDOT Corona Virus Webpage
In response to COVID-19, PennDOT has implemented a variety of operational changes and maintaining all of the CDL updates on their corona virus site
2020 Exhibitor Marketplace Refund Requests
Back in March we communicated we were not rescheduling the Marketplace for this year.  We also sent several emails to registered exhibitors, asking for preference, refund check or credit your account. A credit was our preference, but we fully understood some would not have the option.   We sent out 3 rounds of refund checks and credited accounts for those who requested it.  For the balance of organizations who did not respond, we have now credited your account for next year.  Thank you!
ICYMI- MEMBER ALERTS 
Member Alerts are sent out to our Members as needed.  Here is a sampling of what has been sent recently:
  • For Operators:  Masks & Pickup Locations
  • Helpful Information for Getting Back to Business
Do You Have News  to Share?
We would love to hear from you.  S hare your news via email to  director@pabus.org .
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PBA'S MAILING ADDRESS
As a reminder, we moved our offices last July.  Please make sure your databases have been updated with our NEW address.  We are still getting mail forwarded to us, but that will expire in July.  
ITEMS FOR SALE OR WANTED
Trans-Bridge Lines, Wolf's Bus Lines, Fullington Trailways & 
Krapf Transportation  have coaches and other items for sale now! 
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