Your Member Monthly News & Updates

Thanks To All Who Helped Make Our 
Spring Meeting A Success! 

Mark Everest Presents Gameplan for Life.
2018 Motorcoach Professional  Award Recipients!
A Great Turnout!
Danielle Smith Updates Our Members On ELDs

Member Headlines
Trans-Bridge Lines Transports Stars of Movie 
Getting  Grace  Around the Lehigh Valley for Screenings

Getting Gr ac e, a movie filmed in the Lehigh Valley, had its first screenings in the area  on Ma rch 3rd and Trans-Bridge Lines was there to transport the stars of the film aro un d the area. Trans-Bridge Bus 460 transported passengers from the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas at SteelStacks to the Roxy Theatre, and finally to the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts.

The movie, directed by Daniel Roebuck, a Bethlehem native, tells the story of a 16 year old  girl, Grace, as she battles cancer.  She goes into a funeral home one day to learn about dea th, and instead ends up teaching the funeral director about life. The film open nationwide on March 23rd.  
Lancer Insurance's Safety Bulletin Offers 
Drivers Tips for Making Safe Right Turns

Lancer Insurance puts out a monthly email safety bulletin which provides tips and suggestions for driver safety.  This month, Lancer provides tips for 
co mmercial  drivers to make safe right turns. Suggestions include:

          • Scanning the intersection
          • Checking mirrors prior to and during the turn
          • Avoiding swinging wide to the left prior to turning
          • Using turn signals
Please pass these tips along to your drivers.  
Read the full article from Lancer here.
Welcome New Members!

Five new members have joined the GNJMA since our last newsletter in February. Please join us in welcoming them!

C & L Truck Service
Main Contact: Anthony Napoli

Main Contact: Tony Orlando

Main Contact: Karie Barrett

Schoepf Fabric / Morbern Vinyl
Main Contact: Jeff Goldwasser

Main Contact: Sharon Franz
Do You Have News?

If you have news you'd like to share about your company or one of your employees, please email us a note.  We'd love to share your news with the rest of the Association!
 Industry Information

Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Approves Major Rehabilitation of Holland Tunnel

The Holland Tunnel will undergo a major rehabilitation and resiliency project to repair and restore critical mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems caused by Superstorm Sandy.  The $364.2 million project will also include installation of protective measures to mitigate future flooding. 2012 Superstorm Sandy filled the tunnel with 30 million gallons of water and caused major latent salt damage to many systems within the facility.   Work is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2019 and will take approximately 5 years to complete.  To read the full article in New Jersey Business.
FMCSA Offers  Additional Transition Guidance 
for the April 1st Full Enforcement Date

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) FMCSA announced that roadside compliance, including the ELD rule, has been steadily increasing, reaching a high of 96% according to most recent available data. Beginning April 1st, full enforcement of the ELD rule begins.  Carriers that do not have an ELD when required will be placed out of service.  The driver will remain out-of-service for 10 hours in accordance with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance criteria.  The driver will then be allowed to travel to the next scheduled stop, but should not be dispatched again without an ELD.  If the driver is dispatched again without an ELD, the motor carrier will be subject to further enforcement action.  

"We continue to see strong compliance rates across the county that improve weekly," said FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez.  "We will use the following 90 days to ensure we publish more helpful guidance that all operators will benefit from."  Find more information on ELDs here.
New Jersey Governor Announces $161 Million in Department of Transportation Municipal Aid Grants

Governor Phil Murphy is awarding the New Jersey DOT with the largest amount of Municipal Aid grants in state history, crediting the recent gas tax increase with more than doubling the amount of funds for road and bridge safety improvements.  These grants will allow towns across the state to advance these improvements without relying on local property tax monies.  

505 municipalities will be receiving an award.  Each county will be apportioned a share of the total funding based on population and the number of local centerline miles.  The full list of towns and awards can be found here.
 Upcoming Events
United Motorcoach Association and American Bus Association Capitol Hill Days Have Been Combined!

Seeing the advantage of speaking with one unified industry voice to help move key legislative objectives forward, UMA and ABA have combined their Capitol Hill Day Fly In for the first time in 2018 to work for the good of the industry!  These days are a great opportunity to meet with your elected Congressional delegates, officials an d regulators as well as network with others in the industry.   Get involved with the political process and make your voice heard, you can and will make a difference!

The joint UMA-ABA Capitol Hill Day event is open to members of both organizations and will include a professional legislative briefing for all participants, a group dinner, a customized schedule of appointments with legislators, and a debriefing meeting at the end of the day. The event itself is free for association members but attendees are responsible for their own lodging and transportation. We encourage you to join UMA and ABA for their Capitol Hill Fly-In!  

More information can be found at
Museum of Bus Transportation 2018 Spring Fling

The Museum of Bus Transportation in Hershey is holding its 2018 Spring Fling June 2nd.  The event will run from 8:00AM to 4:00PM.   The museum is located at the Antique Automobile Museum Campus.  Admission is free to museum members; there will be a $7.00 fee for non-members.  

Please join the event and support our Platinum Sponsor Prevost's representative David Schmidt, who is also the museum's Board of Director's Chairman.

For more information, please visit their website.  Please contact Becky Tollens at (585) 737-4046 or by email at with any questions.

The Museum is seeking donations to support acquisiti on of the last GMC Coach ever produced to be preserved at the Museum.  If you are interested in donating, p lease contact David Schmidt at for details.
Save the Dates!

Annual Golf Outing - Atlantic City Country Club
Meet & Mingle - Arturo's

October 11th - Bally's
Fall Association Meeting & Luncheon
Group Leader Marketplace
ICYMI:  Member Alerts 

Member Alerts are sent out to our Members as needed.  Since our February newsletter, we have sent one alert:
Happy St. Patrick's Day & Happy Spring!

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