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When is Bus Operating Authority Needed in New Jersey?

New Jersey does not require a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for Charter Operations, if a Bus Operator has an Interstate Certificate issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. As a point of information, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) will not accept and process a Petition for Intrastate Charter Authority and will require a Bus Operator to obtain the Federal Certificate.  If a Bus Operator wishes to conduct a strictly intrastate bus service, i.e. regular route commuter service, employee shuttle route, or a casino route, the NJMVC will issue a Certificate for the requested authority.

So this means that the NJMVC will process very few Petitions for Operating Authority (it appears that they were all filed by me last year based upon the Docket Numbers issued), since all Charter Bus Operators operate interstate service, no one seems to be looking for routes to Atlantic City, no one seems to be looking to start up a commuter route that is not destined for NYC or Philadelphia, and that leaves employee shuttle routes conducted with vans and mini-buses, a small segment of the industry.

If anyone has a questions, please free to contact counsel  Jerry Casser at  (973) 758-1300 or send him an email message
Governor Christie Signs Legislation For Immediate TTF Road, Bridge, Transit Improvements

TRENTON, NJ - Citing the critical nature of repairing and improving the state's transportation infrastructure and his strong commitment to leaving the State better than he found it, Governor Chris Christie today signed into law S-3076 (Sweeney, Oroho, Turner, Prieto, Vainieri Huttle, Muoio), which allocates $400 million from the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) for road and bridge projects and transit safety system and technology upgrades in the current fiscal year ending June 30.

"Having updated roads and bridges and safe transit systems that utilize state-of-the-art technology is not only vital to protect drivers and riders but to ensure the stability and expansion of New Jersey's economy," said Governor Christie. "This $400 million supplemental appropriation will expedite projects this year to improve the safety and state of good repair of our roads, bridges and public transit system, with the local aid portion also serving as direct property tax relief."
Making good on a commitment from his budget address less than one month ago, Governor Christie signed the legislation at the LiUNA Local 172 Labor Hall in Trenton, a union that has supported the Governor for leading the way toward a stable source of funding for the Transportation Trust Fund for the next eight years, which will pay for transportation infrastructure improvements in all 21 New Jersey counties.

MRN Program Available To GNJMA Members

The   Metropolitan Resilience Network (MRN), a program fully funded by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, including the real-time situational awareness platform, Metro-OPS, which includes information on the NY/NJ/CT Metropolitan area, is happy to extend membership benefits to GNJMA.

The Platform is comprised of dashboards designed to monitor both the day-to-day operations environment as well as disruptions in real time. The dashboards present diverse live feed information (public safety, critical infrastructure, traffic, weather, etc.) from pre-researched, trusted intelligence channels as well as filtered social media feeds in a password protected environment.

To apply for your personal Metro-OPS credentials, please follow this link . 

If you are unable to access the link, contact Amelia Swan at for assistance. If you have already set up your credentials, you can log in at

Sharing Member News

Prevost is pleased to announce that David W. Schmidt, Prevost regional sales manager, has been elected board chairperson and museum president for the Museum of Bus Transportation .

Located in Hershey, Pa., the Museum of Bus Transportation is the bus industry's most complete museum of bus history education and information. It represents school buses, transit buses and motorcoaches, and features more than 30 historical vehicles and various industry memorabilia.

"I'm excited by the opportunity to lead the museum's executive committee," Schmidt says of his two-year term. "We have identified a number of initiatives that we are eager to pursue, including increasing awareness of the museum within the industry and improving our operational efficiencies. I look forward to working with our wonderful team of volunteers, both on the board and at the museum itself, to accomplish these goals."

Prevost is a platinum sponsor member of our Association. In addition, Dave has served on the GNJMA Board of Directors.  We congratulate Dave on this new endeavor and thank he and Prevost for their continued support to our Association.

More information on the museum can be found at

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October 12, 2017
Annual Member Meeting 
Special Guest Speaker
Upcoming Events


April 25-26th:  UMA Capitol Hill Days 


May 3-4th:  ABA Capitol Hill Fly-In 


October 11-12th:  GNJMA Fall Events. Click here for registration and information.


October 26th:  GNJMA Annual Driver Safety Training at Sands


Contact:  Pattie Cowley, Executive Director | Greater New Jersey Motorcoach Association
 908-835-0935 x105 | |