Bailey Coach Advocates Against 'Devastating' State Wage and Income Tax Proposals
John Bailey, PBA Chair and President of PBA member, Bailey Coach told the state House Majority Policy Committee on March 4 that his transportation business might not survive if Gov. Tom Wolf's minimum wage and income tax proposals are implemented.  Read more...
Starr Transit Co., Inc. Expands Its Reach
PBA member, Starr Transit Co., Inc. is pleased to announce that it will be providing Sales, Tour Planning and Tour Operations for Eyre Tours, a division of Eyre Bus, Tour & Travel servicing the Maryland, Washington DC and Northern Virginia areas.  This partnership provides Starr with the opportunity to scale its highly developed resources to experience growth in this new geographic area. Additionally, the union will provide Starr with larger buying power to further develop its large assortment of tour destinations and packages.  Read the Press Release.
Wolf's Bus Lines Owners Featured in Women in Buses: 50 Stories from 50 States
Tammy Wolf-Baker and Tracy Wolf-Stroyny, of PBA member Wolf's Bus Lines are included in ABA's Women in Buses celebration of International Women's Day.  Read their storyCheck out all 50 stories!
Destination Gettysburg Selects New President 
PBA member, Destination Gettysburg has announced that Karl Pietrzak (Peter-zak) has been selected as the new President and CEO of the organization. Pietrzak will immediately begin working through the transition with former President and CEO Norris Flowers.  Read the press release.
PBA Lunch & Learn
 April 8 Noon (EST)

Next PBA Coffee Talk! 
May 13, 2021
9:30 AM EST

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

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

PBA 2022 Annual Meeting
June 2022
State College, PA

Interested in Submitting a Bid for 2023 Events?  Send an email.
Lancer Insurance Coronavirus Resource Center
The Coronavirus Resource Center webpage from PBA member, Lancer Insurance contains helpful resources on the coronavirus pandemic, steps you can take to help minimize the risk, regulatory changes and guidance, and financial relief for businesses. They will be adding new resources as they become available, so please check back often.
Moving Beyond the Pandemic: MCI Ready To Help Industry Recovery
In a live "Let's Get Rolling" customer webinar broadcast on February 26, Brent Maitland, MCI Vice President of Private Sector Sales & Marketing, Chris Stoddart, President of New Flyer & MCI, and Paul Soubry, NFI Group's President and CEO, joined other MCI leaders to discuss how the past year's actions have put the MCI brand in an even better position for its customers who serve the traveling and commuting public.  View the presentation.
Jack Forbes Retires From Prevost After 40 Years in Motorcoach Industry
PBA member, Prevost announced Jack Forbes has retired from the company, effective March 5, after more than 40 years in the motorcoach industry.  Read the Press Release.
Cowley Appointed to State Commission To Look at Road Funding Issues
Representing PBA, Pattie Cowley was invited to serve on a new commission created by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to look at fresh ways to fund road infrastructure.  Read more...
Important Reminders - Don't Forget! 
  1. Leadership Lunch & Learn, space is available for the April 8th workshop!
  2. PBA Annual Meeting registration is open! 
  3. Award nominations are open - awards to be presented 10/26 at the Annual Meeting!
  4. PBA Annual Meeting Sponsorships available!
  5. All-member Coffee Talks are scheduled through the end of 2021 every other month.
  6. New Common Membership Renewal Date Did you get the memo?
  7. Refer-A-Friend; Save $50 PBA is looking to recruit new members!
  8. Looking for COVID-19 Screening Rapid Tests?  We have a bulk pricing solution.
Members...Share Your News With Us! 

Share with us your story, any special news, such as company anniversaries, etc. by sending an email to director@pabus.org.
PBA Virtual Leadership Lunch & Learn "Social Media Success Strategies" Scheduled for April 8, 2021
PBA Chair John Bailey hand-picked this topic as he feels it's very important for the motorcoach industry to learn the social marketing tools to capture business, especially now as we return to booking trips. On April 8th, we will educate Members on Social Media Success Strategies. As we restart our marketing efforts, this is one session you won't want to miss.   Get details and register today!
Driver and Employee of Distinction Awards Nominations Open!
This year, the award presentation will take place at the 2021 Annual Meeting luncheon on October 26th at Wind Creek Bethlehem.

Nominate a driver or an employee whom you feel deserves special recognition for their dedication, safety record, and commitment to your company and the motorcoach industry in general. Time will be allotted at the presentation for your personal comments, by a company representative, on the achievements of the employee.

Submit an online nomination or you can download and email/mail the form. The deadline for submission is September 1, 2021.
2021 Annual Meeting - REGISTRATION IS OPEN!  Register Today!
The 2021 PBA Annual Meeting will be held LIVE October 24-27 at Wind Creek Bethlehem and hosted by Discover Lehigh Valley.

Registration is OPEN and we are looking forward to seeing everyone!

The meeting welcomes motorcoach operators and tour planners, associate members, and travel supplier members to increase business opportunities. 

Two sessions, and PBA member favorites, are a great way to network and get more business:

INDUSTRY EXPO: This event is specifically designed for the motorcoach operators attending the annual meeting and companies that service the motorcoach industry such as bus manufacturers, insurance, seating, technology, etc.  It is an opportunity for these companies to meet one-on-one with the motorcoach operator representatives to learn about their products and how to utilize them in their operations.  With a variety of networking opportunities at the annual meeting, any associate member can continue that networking during the evening events, hospitality suites, etc.

SALES RETREAT:  This event provides unlimited business opportunities between PBA's motorcoach operator members and travel suppliers at the annual meeting!  The operators have a table and the travel suppliers are divided into group A and B so that everyone has time to visit with the operators without standing in line and waiting.  Everyone will have 5 minute visits at motorcoach operator tables.  There is plenty of time to visit all the operators so that you can talk about your property, attraction, venue, etc.

Check out what is new at Wind Creek by reading their most recent newsletter!

Visit the Annual Meeting webpage to get ALL the details and to register.
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".  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 Benefits of Membership
Are you aware of all of the benefits available to you as a PBA Member?  From having access to up-to-date, industry-specific resources and information, to educational and networking opportunities, to ways to save your organization money through our preferred vendor program, and more! View all of the benefits, which are published to our website.
Did You Know We're On LinkedIn, too?
PBA is active on Facebook, Twitter and...LinkedIn, too!  If you have a LinkedIn account, please follow PBA 
PA Department Of Health Amends Universal Face Coverings Order To Align With CDC Guidance
Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam amended the existing Universal Face Coverings order, issued on November 17, 2020, to align with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People. The amended order went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 17, 2021 and will remain in effect until further notice.  Read more...
Delaware River Joint Bridge Commission Approves System-Wide Toll Increases for 2021 & 2024; Rate Increase Effective April 11
Yesterday, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission approved a series of system-wide toll adjustments to offset continuing COVID-19-induced toll revenue declines, ensure payment of financial obligations, provide funding for planned capital projects throughout the agency's Pennsylvania-New Jersey service region, and establish a two-tier pricing structure that assigns higher toll rates to Cash/TOLL BY PLATE transactions compared to E-ZPass transactions. A full listing can be found here:  www.drjtbc.org/newtolls  and read the full release here.
PA Capitol Building Reopened to the Public March 22 
The public can now enter the building at the Main Capitol, East Wing and North Office Building entrances. Visitors must wear a mask and adhere to social distancing. The entrances will have hand sanitizer stations and masks for visitors without them.  Read more...
LaHood Leads Colleagues to Urge Implementation of CERTS Act; Treasury Replies to Request
Reps. Darin LaHood (Ill.-18), Albio Sires (N.J.-08), John Rose (Tenn.-06), and David Price (N.C.-04) led over 70 Members of Congress in sending a letter urging the U.S. Department of Treasury to implement as soon as possible the bipartisan Coronavirus Economic Relief for Transportation Services (CERTS) Act.  Read the letter.  A top official at the Department of Treasury replied and said the agency is making progress toward releasing guidelines as soon as possible. Read the letter from Deputy Assistant Secretary Craig Radcliffe.  A special webpage on the Treasury website has been setup pending further instructions.
A Look At The Listed Electric Bus Sector As Biden Moves To Electrify America
President Joe Biden already has laid down his plan for America which includes a $2 trillion green infrastructure plan over his first term in office.  Read more...
Graves Steps Up Support of VMT Fees as Highway Funding Source
The top Republican on the U.S. House transportation panel is calling on fellow policymakers to consider funding certain highway programs with revenue from fees collected on the miles vehicles travel.  Read more...
The House Voted To Extend PPP for Two Months
The bill, the PPP Extension Act of 2021, passed the House on a 415-3 vote. It would extend the program to May 31, instead of the current date of March 31, and give the Small Business Administration an additional 30 days to process loans.  Read more...
SBA Promotes Online Tool To Match Borrowers With Lenders
The SBA has a Lender Match tool online to connect borrowers with approved lenders.  Read more...
CDC Studying Whether 3 Feet of Distance As Effective as 6 Feet
Dr. Anthony Fauci said officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were aware of a new study indicating that social distancing measures could be just as effective at 3 feet as at 6 feet, adding the agency is doing its own tests on the subject.  Read more...
New OSHA Program Launched Protecting Workers from COVID-Related Retaliation
The program prioritizes employers that retaliate against workers for complaints about unsafe or unhealthy conditions, or for exercising other rights protected by federal law.  Read more...
USDOT Launches 'Mask Up' Campaign
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the "Mask Up," campaign to help ensure the safety of transportation workers.  Read more...
PennDOT Commercial Product Extensions Ending
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportations provided this letter to partners as a courtesy reminder that expiration dates for commercial driver licenses and commercial learner's permits will end after the current extension expires for Pennsylvania residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts.
Study Shows Seatbelt Use Leads to Better Student Behavior Onboard
Research from a new study published by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) concludes what many student transporters with seatbelt experience already know: Besides protecting students in crashes, occupant restraint systems could result in an additional benefit of improved onboard student behavior and reduced distractions for the bus drivers.  Read more...
National Park Service Issues New Guidance for Multi-Day Tours
The National Park Service (NPS) has issued new guidance applicable to tour operations and multi-day road-based commercial tour providers traveling within a COVID environment. All commercial tour providers should review these guidance materials to understand National Park Service requirements and guidelines related to their operations leading up to arrival and during trips to national park properties. Download the NPS guidance material.
Member Alerts are sent out to our Members as needed.  Here are the alerts we sent out since last Go News below.  If you need a copy, please contact us:
  • 2021 PBA Annual Meeting Sponsorship Opportunities 
  • A Message from John Bailey Regarding Motorcoach PAC 
  • Bulk Rapid Test Pricing / CareStart by Access BIO
  • Leadership Lunch & Learn - Social Media Strategies
  • PennDOT Extensions, PBA at UMA Expo
Executive Coach, Fullington Trailways, Innovative Coach, Krapf Transportation, Mlaker Trailways, Trans-Bridge Lines and Wolf's Bus Lines have coaches and other items for sale now!

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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