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Coronavirus Economic Impact Survey

Thank you to the operator members who submitted a response to our coronavirus economic impact survey.  We are using this information to communicate our message.
Spring Meeting Survey Gift Card Winner!

Wendy Brynan from Werner Coach is the winner of a Visa Gift Card! Congratulations Wendy! We would like to thank everyone that submitted their feedback on our 2020 Spring Meeting Survey. We take your input seriously and it helps us to improve and continue to bring you quality events! On that note, save the dates for scheduled events!  See below or our events webpage.  
Platinum Sponsor, ABC Companies, Offers Emergency Guide  For Clients

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact continue to evolve and develop, GNJMA Platinum Sponsor, ABC Companies, remains focused on the health and safety of their employees and communities, as well as their commitment to customers.

"We recognize the important role our locations and staff play in servicing your businesses throughout North America, and we want to share some of the steps we are taking as we navigate the fluid Coronavirus situation together."
Help from Gold Sponsor, Lancer Insurance

Lancer Insurance Announces Temporary Vehicle Suspension Program To Help Policyholders

Effective immediately, GNJMA Silver Sponsor,  Lancer Insurance Company has implemented a plan to help its policyholders manage their unprecedented loss of business caused by the coronavirus. As policyholders' revenue sources are temporarily reduced or, in some cases completely eliminated, Lancer understands the critical need to help its policyholders immediately reduce and/or defer expenses in every way possible.  Read more...

Lancer Insurance & Global Charter Services Announce Financial Relief Hotline

Lancer Insurance and its affiliate, Global Charter Services, which operates under the trade names "BusBank" and "Buster" have created a Federal Financial Relief Hotline for Lancer policyholders and BusBank preferred operators.   Read more...
#StrongerTogether in Atlantic City

GNJMA Allied Member, Meet AC, shared this message and video:  

It may not seem like the right time to think about travel, but this too, shall pass. Now more than ever we need to come together as a community and a destination. Atlantic City is eager to welcome you back to our seaside destination when we defeat this crisis and come back stronger together. Our team is ready to assist you when the timing is right, in the meantime, we wish you good health now and in the future. Be safe and stay connected, experiences await here.


In addition to Member Alerts sent to you (listed below), we are providing updates related to COVID-19 here.  We are all in this together.
Industry, State and COVID-19 Information
Governor Signs Executive Order to Implement Requirements on NJ Transit & Private Carriers

Gov. Murphy has issued 24 Executive Orders to date.  Over the weekend, he signed Executive Order No. 125, imposing additional mitigation requirements on NJ TRANSIT and all private carriers to limit the spread of COVID-19. The order also outlines specific policies on restaurants that have remained open for takeout orders.

"We must continue our commitment to do everything we can to flatten the curve and defeat this virus," said Governor Murphy.  "With these additional requirements, we are aggressively reducing the spread of the virus to protect New Jersey residents." Download the full Executive Order.
New Jersey Small Business Emergency Loan Applications Opened Today


 

Small Business Emergency Loan Application Opened at 9AM: The NJEDA will make $10 million of direct low-cost financing available to help New Jersey small businesses and non-profits to cover operating expenses and ensure continuity of operations during the outbreak. Applications can be submitted starting today. Completed applications will be considered on a first come, first serve rolling basis.  Click here to access application.

 

More information for businesses from State of New Jersey.

Grants, Loans and Programs to Help Bus Companies to Survive COVID-19 

Matthew Daus, partner and chairman of Windels Marx Transportation Practice Group has been most helpful to many navigating the current situation.  The most important and urgent issues within the last few weeks are the federal, state, and local emergency grants and loans that have been made available. In the attached newsletter, Matt addresses description of the federal loan and grant programs available to many bus companies, which provide immediate cash relief to retain payroll, pay expenses and try to get through the next few months.  As a courtesy to bus and motor coach operators, his law firm is providing free advice on answering grant and loan questions and has developed a COVID-19 Transportation Law hotline to answer questions around the country: telephone 212-237-1106 or email your requests and questions to mdaus@windelsmarx.com. Thank you, Matt! 

What Bus Transit Operators Need to Know

For bus transit operators, potential sources of exposure include having close contact with a bus passenger with COVID-19 or by contacting surfaces touched or handled by a person with COVID-19.

As a bus transit operator, how can I protect myself?
  • Limit close contact with others by maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet, when possible.
  • Consider asking bus passengers to enter and exit the bus through rear entry doors.
  • Request passengers avoid standing or sitting within 6 feet of the bus driver.
  • Avoid touching surfaces often touched by bus passengers.
  • Use gloves if required to touch surfaces contaminated by body fluids.
  • Practice routine cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces, including surfaces in the driver cockpit commonly touched by the operator.
  • Proper hand hygiene is an important infection control measure. Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.  Read more....
FMCSA Emergency Declaration Issued

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ("FMCSA") has already issued an Emergency Declaration providing an exemption from hours-of-service provisions of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) for motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance in support of relief efforts related to the COVID-19 outbreaks. The Emergency Declaration provides necessary relief from FMCSRs for motor carriers and drivers engaged in the transport of essential supplies, equipment and persons in direct assistance of relief efforts related to COVID-19 outbreaks. "Direct assistance" means transportation and other relief services provided by a motor carrier or its driver(s) incident to the immediate restoration of essential services, such as medical care, or essential supplies such as food, related to COVID-19 outbreaks during the emergency.  Get more information.
Guide to the CARES Act

The Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Department of Treasury have begun releasing the information that will guide the programs created through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.


To stay up to date on the implementation of these programs, please visit the following websites:

SBA - here you will find information on all COVID-19 related programs that SBA is providing, including the Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Emergency Grants, and Small Business Debt Relief.

Department of Treasury -  here you will find information on the Paycheck Protection Program, as well as other tax provisions meant to help employers, including non-profits.

Steve Gilliland - COVID-19: Motivation Tips
To Manage Fear   

Our March 2019 Spring Meeting Keynote Speaker, Steve Gilliland shares a message to help manage fear during this unexpected and difficult time. For more than 21 years, human motivation has been his passion. He encourages us to not make decisions based on fear, but rather out of responsibility. His message isn't about statistics, speculation or hysteria. It's about hope and faith-and motivation for better health. Steve reminds us that health is a luxury, so our focus shouldn't be on who is right or who is wrong right now. It should be on global solidarity. Let's not speculate on the what-ifs, he says. Instead, let's do whatever it takes. We stand, as a species and as a planet, shoulder to shoulder during this journey of uncertainty.  Click on the video below to hear his message.
 
Steve Gilliland - COVID-19: Motivation Tips To Manage Fear
DOD Extends Military Bus Agreement #4 Termination Date until April 30

Once ABA gauged the situation on how difficult life would be for the industry because of COVID-19, they immediately requested an extension to provide relief for overburdened operators and maintain continuing business opportunities for the industry moving forward.  Read more...
REAL ID Enforcement Deadline Extended
Until October 1, 2021

Due to circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the national emergency declaration, the Department of Homeland Security, as directed by President Donald J. Trump, is extending the REAL ID enforcement deadline beyond the current October 1, 2020 deadline.  The new deadline for REAL ID enforcement is October 1, 2021.  Read more...
CVSA's New 2020 North American Standard
Out-of-Service Criteria is Now in Effect

Starting April 1, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's (CVSA) 2020 North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria is now in effect. The 2020 out-of-service criteria replaces and supersedes all previous versions. The North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria (OOSC) is the pass-fail criteria for roadside safety inspections. The purpose of the criteria is to identify critical safety violations. Those violations render the driver, vehicle and/or motor carrier out of service until the condition(s) or violation(s) are corrected or repaired.  Read more...
Metrospectives Podcast Launches 

With the news cycle getting faster and faster amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, METRO Magazine is launching METROspectives - a new podcast hosted by Managing Editor Alex Roman, which is focused on public transportation, the private motorcoach industry, and all things mobility.  Read more...
GNJMA Upcoming Events
October 2020
October 14 Golf Outing, Atlantic City Country Club
October 14 Meet and Mingle, TBD
October 15 Mini-Marketplace, Caesar's, AC

November 2020
November 19 Annual Driver Safety Meeting, Wind Creek, Bethlehem

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE 2021 MEETING DATES!

Spring: March 15, 2021 Wind Creek Bethlehem
Fall:     October 7, 2021 Resorts Atlantic City 
 ICYMI:  Member Alerts

Member Alerts are sent out to our Members as needed.   All alerts, as well as past newsletters, can be accessed via our website member portal  (Member Info/Documents/Member Alerts)  with logon credentials.   Here is a sampling of what has been sent recently:

  • What You Need To Know About CARES 
  • FMCSA COVID-19 Drug & Alcohol Testing Guidance 
  • Announcements from Governor Murphy and NJEDA 
  • How Transportation Providers Can Survive COVID -19: Free Webinar Video Available Now!
  • Information from our National Partners, ABA and UMA
  • Call-to-Action from Tim Stout, GNJMA President
  • Temporary Waivers of Requirements for IRP and IFTA
  • UMA Online Town Hall "Leading Your Company Through the COVID-19 Crisis"
  • Tell Congress Motorcoach Needs Help NOW
  • FEMA & Homeland Security Teleconference Briefings
Benefits of GNJMA Membership Update


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Communication Updates

NEW Office Telephone Number!  Please note, we have a new office telephone number.  Please update your records accordingly.  The new number is 908-750-4538. 

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