12/8/2020

MARCH 23, 2021 MARKETPLACE - REGISTER TODAY!
 
Registration is Open for our Travel Supplier and Operator Members!  

Dear Travel Supplier Members, as of now, we already have many Group Leaders registered to arrive in our beautiful PBA member motorcoaches to see you.  See the latest #MarketplaceMonday email sent to you yesterday for more information or visit our website to get all of the details!

MEMBER NEWS
WELCOME NEW MEMBER! 
We would like to welcome our newest member, Terrapin Blue, to PBA!

Terrapin Blue is a nationally recognized company that focuses on travel and ground passenger transportation.  We specialize in digital media marketing and brand development by creating social media content, videos, print media, and web sites.  Additionally, we win business for our clients through crafting RFP responses, proposals, and writing grants.

Contact: Ryan Kelly 706-372-3293 or rkelly@terrapinblue.com
Anderson Coach & Travel 
PBA Member, Anderson Coach & Travel is proud to again be a collection location for the Salvation Army's Treasures for Children.  You can drop-off new, unwrapped toys or items in their lobby at One Anderson Plaza Greenville, PA before December 16th from 9:00-5:00 Monday-Thursday and 9:00-3:00 on Friday.
Gov. Wolf Appoints PBA Executive Director
We are proud to announce Patricia Cowley's appointment to Governor Wolf's Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee! 

The purpose of the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee is to assess, evaluate, and recommend standards for the safe operation of motor carriers in the Commonwealth.  Congratulations Pattie!
PBA 2021 Digital Membership Directory
The PBA 2021 digital edition of the Membership Directory is available now.  Clicking on the Table of Contents will deliver you directly to that page of your issue.  Hardcopies are being shipped to you this week!
PBA to Offer Virtual Distracted Driver Train-the-Trainer Program January 26th
FMCSA has awarded a cooperative agreement to the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Training, Research and Education for Driving Safety (TREDS) program to provide training to Commercial Drivers about the dangers of driving distracted. TREDS is interested in developing instructor teams in ten different states to prepare traffic safety professionals to deliver the Just Drive: Deliver Distraction-Free curriculum to commercial drivers.  Read the Member Alert for more information.
REGISTER OR 
SAVE-THE-DATE!
Virtual All-Member Holiday Happy Hour!
December 17th 
4:00PM EST



Distracted Driver
Train-The-Trainer Program
January 26, 2021
Virtual


FMCSA 18-CARAT Workshop
January 28, 2021
Virtual
 

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


PBA 2021 Annual Meeting
October 24-27, 2021
Wind Creek 
Bethlehem, PA


PBA 2022 Marketplace
March 22, 2022 
The Liberty Arena
Williamsport, PA


PBA 2022 Annual Meeting
June 2022
Happy Valley Adventure Bureau
State College, PA
New Member Benefit - Aurora Payments 
PBA Member, Aurora Payments is a leading payments technology and software provider whose mission is to help businesses grow through offering the lowest credit card processing rates and the most advanced payments technology for increased efficiency and productivity.   Get details!

Are you aware of all of the benefits of membership?  Visit the Member Benefits section of our website to review them all.   
PBA Travel Suppliers - Are You Open for Business? 
We sent travel supplier members emails asking to complete a short survey form to let us know the status of being "open for business".  So far, 105 members have responded!  We are sharing this information so our operator members know who is open for trip planning.  We also asked for contact updates for our database.  Missed the memo?  Here's a link to complete the form.  Updated results are available to download and view.   #letsgetrolling!
PBA is Active on Multiple Social Media Platforms 
If you are not aware, PBA maintains active Social Media Platforms.  In addition to the emailed communications we send to you, we actively share information to our Facebook and Twitter accounts and our new LinkedIn.  We encourage you to LIKE US, FOLLOW US and ENGAGE with us! #pabus

COVID-19 UPDATES AND INDUSTRY NEWS
CERTS Act Update:  COVID-19 Stimulus Proposal 
So, if you're wondering what is happening with the CERTS Act, we've got you covered. With 330 sponsors and cosponsors in Congress on the Bill, we have been waiting for a larger coronavirus relief bill to hitch CERTS to. As you recall, CERTS would provide $10B in relief for our industry (and school bus and passenger vessel).  There were several times we thought the Bill may go through, only to be met with political roadblocks during this election year, pushing it off to 2021.  

Last week, the Problem Solvers Caucus, a bipartisan group in Congress of 50 members, with equal numbers of Democrats and Republicans, disclosed a bipartisan, bicameral four-month $908 billion COVID Emergency Relief Package.  The proposal included $45 billion for transportation that includes airlines, rail, public transit, passenger vessels, motorcoaches and private school buses. AWESOME! Specifically, $8 billion for those industries included in the CERTS Act.  Now, while focusing on inclusion and how the money may be allocated, the industry heard of an unconfirmed proposal to reallocate $3 billion of the $8 billion reserved for CERTS Act industries to public transit. Hence, why I sent yesterday's Member Alert.  

We are continuing our extensive outreach on this, as we have for the better part of 8 months. Please reach out to your leadership in House and Senate to thank them for including you, and ASK them to keep the amount at the right amount: $8 billion! Thanks to everyone who is doing their part!

Sincerely,
Pattie Cowley
Pennsylvania Vetoes Help for Business 
Gov. Tom Wolf says he feels the pain of businesses struggling to survive the pandemic, but does he really? He recently vetoed a bill providing liability protections for schools, businesses and other employers against Covid-related lawsuits.  Read the letter PBA and other PA associations sent to Gov. Wolf last month, to sign H.B. 1737 into law.  Read more...
Wolf Administration to Use Wireless Emergency Alert System for COVID-19 Messaging 
The Wolf Administration will begin using the national Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system to provide important public messages about the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read more...
PennDOT Updates
Expiration Dates on Commercial Driver Licenses, Commercial Learner's Permits Extended
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that expiration dates for commercial driver licenses and commercial learner's permits will be extended for Pennsylvania residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts.  Read more...

PennDOT Tier Information Sign - Weather Event Vehicle-Restriction Plan

ABA Seeks COVID-19 Vaccine Access for Motorcoach Drivers 
The American Bus Association (ABA) recently participated in the deliberations made this month before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). A recommendation has been made to prioritize transportation workers, including motorcoach operators, in the second wave following distribution to front-line healthcare workers and long-term care facility employees.  Read more...
FTA Announces CY 2021 Rates for Random Drug and Alcohol Testing in Transit Operations 
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces Calendar Year 2021 Annual Drug and Alcohol Random Testing Rates.  Read more...
NSTA Urges Prioritizing School Bus Drivers in Vaccine Distribution 
The National School Transportation Association (NSTA), which represents the interests of private school bus contractors, is urging that school bus drivers be among the first U.S. workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  Read more...
How the COVID Vaccines Are Fueling a New Enthusiasm for Travel 
Good news about Covid-19 vaccines has been on the uptick this month, and with it, a bump in inquiries to travel agencies about what these medical advances might mean for travel in 2021.  Read more...
DMO Perspectives in the Time of COVID-19 
A new DMO survey conducted by the United States Tour Operators Association has offered insight into how destination marketing organizations are viewing recovery, health and safety, and more.  Read more...
Travelers Set Pandemic Record Over Thanksgiving Holiday
While Thanksgiving travel has certainly been far lighter than usual, US air travel hit its highest level since mid-March over the holiday and millions of Americans still traveled by car to join family and friends.  Read more...
Motorcoach Manufacturers Report Second Quarter
Based on surveys of the major motorcoach manufacturers that sell vehicles in the United States and Canada, motorcoach sales from the participating manufacturers saw a massive year-over-year decline, according to the American Bus Association Foundation's third-quarter 2020 Motorcoach Builder Survey.  Read more...
Future Travel Plans Are a Priority for Families
Recent research has found that planning future travel truly brings joy to people suffering after long lockdowns and quarantines.  Read more...
ICYMI- MEMBER ALERTS 
Member Alerts are sent out to our Members as needed.  Here is a sampling of what has been sent recently:
  • Marketplace Registration Update and New!
  • Virtual Happy Hour Dec 17 4:00pm 
  • Gov. Wolf Vetoes COVID-19 Liability Protection Bill & Signs CDL Notification Into Law
  • Bridge Tolling: Contact Your State Legislators
  • #MarketplaceMonday: Operator Registration is Open!
  • Contact the Governor To Request Pass Bill On COVID Liability
ITEMS FOR SALE OR WANTED
Executive Coach, Fullington Trailways, Hagey Coach, Innovative Coach, Krapf Transportation, Mlaker Trailways, Trans-Bridge Lines and Wolf's Bus Lines have coaches and other items for sale now!
SUPPORT MOTORCOACH PAC

The Motorcoach PAC allows the Pennsylvania Bus Association to support legislators who work with us to promote, change or defeat legislation that impacts our industry. Contributing to Motorcoach PAC gives us a stronger voice in Harrisburg. Please consider giving $200, $300 or more.

Personal checks may be made payable and sent to:

Motorcoach PAC
200 North Third Street, Suite 1500
Harrisburg, PA 17101
 
Corporate funds are not permitted in any form. Unincorporated business checks are acceptable providing no owner or partner of the business is a corporation. Please contact Milliron & Goodman if you have any questions at (717) 232-5322. Political Action Committee donations are not tax deductible.

Download the solicitation form for more information.  


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