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The following organization joined the GNJMA since our December newsletter was published.  

Please join us in welcoming our newest member!

Superior Distributors Co. - Howard Klein, phone # (201) 797-9490.  Located in Elmwood Park, NJ, they have been in business since 1962. 
Perfect Body Builds New Website

Long-time Member, Joe Patella, GM of Perfect Body Co., contacted us to share news with fellow members.  They recently launched a new company website which explains the services they provide and other company information.  

Perfect Body is a NJ licensed company that specializes in Bus Body Repair and Painting, proudly serving the bus Industry for over 70 years. Unlike many other bus body repair shops who come and go, Perfect Body is still providing our customers with the same professional satisfaction, care and understanding that has been instilled in our culture since day one, and Joe says they will continue to practice into the future.

They have satisfied bus companies and manufacturers with their expert services for many decades and log as many as 400 repairs per year.  Please checkout their new website  at
Starr Bus Charter & Tours Sleigh for the Holidays!   

Starr Bus Charter & Tours transfers students to and from West Virginia University each year through the Southern New Jersey Mountaineer Parents Association for school breaks.  

A week before Christmas, they used their coaches to deliver gifts to families who have children battling cancer at a hospital in Morgantown.  

"We were so excited and honored to be part of this effort with Go4TheGoal.  In fact, we enjoyed it so much that we delivered more gifts to Nemours DuPont hospital in Delaware." says Shane Lauler, Vice President of Sales.   Read more...

Peter Pan Bus Lines Celebrates A Major Birthday (85 Years!) With Five New  2019 MCI J4500 Models 

Motor Coach Industries (MCI), a U.S. subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., ("NFI"), the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, notes Peter Pan Bus Lines, one of the industry's largest privately owned motor coach companies, has depended upon the reliability of MCI's bestselling J4500 from the model's inception.   Read more...
Members:  Get Noticed! 

If you have news you'd like to share about your company or one of your employees, or  if you are interested in being in our Member Spotlight, please contact us with photos, links and let us know what you would like to highlight.

Sponsorship Invoices Due January 1 

Invoices for the annual sponsor member dues were sent out in December.  They are due January 1.  If you are a sponsor and didn't receive your invoice, please  contact us today!  Note, the Annual Sponsor Appreciation Dinner invite was emailed with the invoice.  This is scheduled for March 11th at Emeril's Chophouse at Sands Bethlehem.  

 Industry Information

Unified Carrier Registration 2019 and 2020 Fees Finalized

Motor carriers will be able to file their 2019 Unified Carrier Registration now that the final rule has been published in the Federal Register. The filing period, which normally runs from October 1 to December 31, was delayed as the FMCSA considered a fee restructure for the current year.

According to FMCSA Deputy Administrator Cathy Gautreaux, the delay was due to other priorities within the agency - including the ELD mandate which consumed a great deal of resources over the past few years, she said.  Although this is the second year in a row that a delay in approving the UCR fee schedule occurred, carriers should expect business as usual next year. In addition to approving next year's fees, the final rule approved fees for 2020 and "each subsequent registration year thereafter.

If you'd like to read the final rule, you can find it here: 

State (Probably) Will Bring Congestion Pricing to NYC

With the election over, Gov. Andrew Cuomo reelected, and Democrats having taken control of both houses of the New York state legislature, it appears likely (or at least more likely than ever before) that Albany finally will bring congestion pricing in one form or another to New York City as a way to cut traffic and finance mass transit improvements.  Read more...
Northeast, Mid-Atlantic U.S.
Plan Clean Transportation Strategies

Nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic governors and the Mayor of Washington, D.C. announced that their states will move forward with a regional clean transportation initiative.

These 10 members of the Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI) will now transition from a year-long public comment phase, which engaged communities, businesses, and stakeholders across the region, to begin crafting policies and programs to address their transportation challenges, improve mobility, provide more transportation options, and curb the largest source of  pollution that contributes to climate change.   Read more...
EPA Offering $40M in Diesel Emission Reduction Grants

More grant funding is now available in the Diesel Emission Reduction (DERA) program.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Thursday that about $40 million is available for projects that significantly reduce diesel emissions, particularly in areas designated as having poor air quality. Priority will be granted to projects that benefit communities and applicants that demonstrate an ability to continue efforts to reduce emissions after the project has ended. The agency anticipates making between 40 and 80 awards from this round of funding. 
NJ's Minimum Wage Increase January 1

New Jersey's minimum wage went up on Jan. 1 - but not nearly as much as Gov. Phil Murphy and some legislators hope to see it rise over the next several years.   The minimum wage rose 25 cents to $8.85 under a voter-approved New Jersey constitutional amendment that ties the wage to the rate of inflation.

That amendment first took the raise to $8.25 an hour. It's inched up to $8.60 in the time since. The state  Department of Labor and Workforce Development calculated the new increase, reflecting a 2.88 percent increase in the consumer price index in the 12 months ending in August 2018.   Read more...
NJ TRANSIT Launches Customer-Focused Communications Initiative

NJ TRANSIT launched a new comprehensive communications initiative aimed at improving the customer experience. 

The effort, entitled "Engage. Inform. Improve." focuses on addressing customer needs, providing more timely information, and improving all customer touchpoints, including  announcements, station and facility conditions, and the onboard experience.   Read more...
Upcoming Events

Annual Sponsor Appreciation Dinner (Emeril's Chophouse)
Board of Director's Meeting
Spring Association Meeting & Motorcoach Professional Awards Luncheon
Registration is open!   Register today and book your hotel room.  The room reservation deadline is February 9th! 

Golf Outing 
Meet & Mingle
Board of Director's Meeting
Fall Annual Association Meeting
Group Leader Marketplace

For more information, please visit the GNJMA Events Page!
The United Motorcoach Association (UMA) will host hundreds of individual representatives from a variety of the bus and motorcoach industry groups as it plans the largest industry legislative fly-in event of its kind.   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:

New Jersey Election Roundup
Military Driver Programs
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Lease & Interchange Rule
New Parking Contract Effective February 15th
5N5 TSA Cyber Security Workshop
2019 Motorcoach Professional Association Nominations Open Through Feb. 15
2019 Scholarship Applications Being Accepted Starting January 1
Spring Association Meeting Speaker Announcement

All alerts, as well as past newsletters, can be accessed via our website member portal with logon credentials.
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