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2020 Motorcoach Professional Awards

Last Tuesday, GNJMA awarded fourteen Motorcoach Professional Awards at the Spring Association Meeting at Tropicana.  The annual event  honors our Member's employees that demonstrate excellence and professionalism in the motorcoach industry.  R ecipients receive gifts and the recognition of their company leaders and industry peers.   This member benefit is a great way to recognize and reward "stand-outs" employees.  Congrats to all the winners!  
  • Jeff Buchele of Suburban Bus
  • Hafedh Chaouch of Greyhound Lines 
  • Louis Dziopa of DeCamp's
  • Jim Garofalo of Lakeland Bus Lines
  • Kevin Grant of Rockland Coaches
  • John Grover of Werner Bus Lines 
  • Samuel Herrera of Panorama Tours
  • Marnie Kirn of Safety Bus
  • Monroe McCarrell of A Yankee Line
  • Michael Morlath of Stout's Transportation
  • Darrell Payne of Peter Pan Bus Lines
  • Derrick Shepard of Starr Tours
  • Brendan Stanczyk of Trans-Bridge Lines
  • Suzanne Turner of Sheppard Bus Service
Industry News
Coronavirus Hits Motorcoach Industry Hard

Bus & Motorcoach:  In just a few days, thousands of buses and motorcoaches have disappeared from the roads.  

As the coronavirus pandemic is turning the world upside down, few transportation sectors are feeling the pain more deeply than the bus and motorcoach industry. Operators across North America have watched future bookings disappear as people heed warnings to avoid crowds in order to prevent the spread of the virus that has killed more than 5,000 globally.

On Friday, President Trump declared a national emergency and allocated up to $50 billion to help states deal with the crisis.

More COVID-19 Information

There have been many publications regarding the virus.  From the two main health organizations CDC and WHO to the national industry associations ABA & UMA, to the news, it can be overwhelming.  

On Friday, we sent out a Member Alert to all members which included a template for you to complete and send to government contacts urging relief for our industry.  

There are also webinars and briefings almost daily now.  However, if you need help finding resources, please contact us.  We are all in this together.

In addition, TSA's David Cooper (Section Chief Industry Engagement Manager - Highway Policy, Plans, and Engagement U.S. Department of Homeland Security) shared the following relevant documents for your information:

Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance Notice

The DOT has had inquiries about whether the Department of Transportation-regulated safety-sensitive employees can use CBD products.  Safety-sensitive employees who are subject to drug testing specified under 49 CFR part 40 (Part 40) include:  pilots, school bus drivers, truck drivers, train engineers, transit vehicle operators, aircraft maintenance personnel, fire-armed transit security personnel, ship captains, and pipeline emergency response personnel, among others.     Read the ODACP CBD Notice
Clearinghouse Experiences  New Outages

The Commercial Driver's License Information System (CDLIS), on which the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse relies, is currently experiencing connectivity issues, thereby hampering the process through which driver's licenses can be validated. FMCSA has placed a notice on the Clearinghouse website alerting users that CDLIS is unavailable, meaning CDLs cannot be validated.  Read more...
USDOT Sec. Chao: Infrastructure & Safety 

Increasing infrastructure funding - especially in rural areas of America - while continuing to improve national transportation system safety will remain complementary goals for the U.S. Department of Transportation, according to USDOT Secretary Elaine Chao. Improving safety goes hand-and-glove with this infrastructure effort, Sec. Chao noted, adding that while only 19 percent of the nation's population lives in rural areas, 46 percent of the nation's highway fatalities occur on rural roads - meaning the overall motor vehicle fatality rate on rural roads is twice that of urban roads.  Read more...
FMCSA Interim Boss Committed to HOS

FMCSA Acting Administrator Jim Mullen made it clear he believed the flawed rigidity of the current hours of service (HOS) regulations needs modification to benefit drivers. FMCSA last August, still under the direction of former Administrator Ray Martinez, proposed an hours overhaul that would allow drivers to pause their 14-hour clock for up to three hours to go off-duty, among other changes.  Read more...
First On-Demand Public Bus Service  Launched 

Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop and Via announce the launch of New Jersey's first on-demand transit system. The city-run bus routes will greatly enhance transportation options for residents, with increased connectivity targeting transit deserts in the north and southwest sections of Jersey City. The city sought out the transportation network company Via to help solve mass transit woes, plagued with delays and rising fares. Via is a provider and developer of on-demand public mobility solutions.  Read more...
NJ Budget Includes $ 590 Million  for Transit

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy seeks a record $589.5 million for NJ Transit, the ailing commuter bus and rail operator that he has pledged to rebuild. His budget also include a historic $4.6 billion pension payment and would build the state surplus, a step that Murphy calls key to rebuilding New Jersey's credit rating.  Read more...
US Chamber Renews Calls for Fuel Tax Increase

The expiration this fall of the country's central highway policy law means that its reauthorization must be urgently addressed by Congress, Ed Mortimer, transportation director at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, told a Senate committee Feb. 25. The chamber is proposing an increase in fuel taxes that would generate revenue for an account integral to funding highway projects.  Read more...
Bus & Motorcoach Industry Sales Summit

Experience a mix of keynote and in-depth training sessions, panel discussions, and facilitated round tables where large fleet operators can discuss issues of importance to them while small fleet operators can convene around their unique matters in their own space.  This event is scheduled for June 9-11, 2020 in Savannah, GA.  Get details and register!
National Travel and Tourism Week May 3-9

National Travel and Tourism Week 2020 is May 3-9 with Travel Rally Day on Tuesday, May 5. The purpose of the week is to demonstrate the impact that travel and tourism have on the US economy.  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
 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:

  • Submit Multiple Queries to the Clearinghouse at Once 
  • Intercity Bus Security Grant Webinar Invitation 
  • 2020 Spring Meeting Reminder
  • Notice of Funding Opportunity
  • Scholarship Application Reminder
  • Coronavirus Call-To-Action
Benefits of GNJMA Membership Update

Login to the GNJMA Member Portal and review your newest benefits!  Total Spend Management Savings from CrownSource, Credit Card Processing through PayAssist and VizyPay  and Toll Management with Bestpass.  Check out all the GNJMA benefits available to you.
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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