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Welcome New Members!

The following organization(s) joined the GNJMA since our August newsletter was published. 

Axel Hellman

OurBus set out to make traveling easier. Their idea was simple: to create bus routes that people actually need based on crowdsourcing and demand. They started with one route linking North Jersey commuters to New York City. Since then, they have rapidly grown to serve thousands of customers across the country.

McCarthy Tire has more than 50 service locations in 9 states along the east coast of the United States, including seven retread manufacturing plants. They employ close to 1,200 associates and service thousands of commercial, industrial, and retail customers every year, from large fleets of tractor trailers and construction equipment to police cars and family vans.
GNJMA Attends Port Authority Meeting

For nearly 70 years, the southwest corner of 42nd Street and 8th Avenue has featured the Port Authority Bus Terminal. A new facility - to serve even more riders - has been talked about for years. The current terminal handles 860 buses an hour during rush hours and a total of 260,000 daily passenger trips. That's expected to jump by 30% in two decades as the bi-state agency looks to boost mass transit ridership. 

There have been design competitions and public meetings, including one on Thursday, September 5th. Board representatives Pattie Cowley, Jonathan DeCamp (DeCamp Bus) and Frank Smith (A. Yankee Line) attended the public hearing. Pattie made public comments on behalf of the Association and its members, sharing desires from bus operator members.

Options Being Considered:

The location and size of a new structure have been major concerns; 15 possibilities were reviewed, including moving the bus terminal to New Jersey. There's three current options being submitted to the federal government:
  • Build a new bus terminal at the current spot
  • Remodel the existing structure and add space at the Jacob Javits Convention Center property. The Javits Center on 11th Avenue is a little under a mile away from Port Authority. A project there would require approval from the state and reconfiguring access for buses to the Lincoln Tunnel.
  • Build an entirely new terminal on the lower level of the Convention Center and in that area
Next Steps:

Federal officials will review the public comments and options, then weigh in. The Port Authority has budgeted $3.5 billion for the new terminal, but the overall cost could hit $10 billion depending on which of the three designs it chooses. The agency will ask for environmental impact statements for each option and then pick a winner. Officials say construction could start by 2022.
Commuters and others who want to comment on the new terminal can do so by email, by Sept. 18, at
GNJMA Opposes Toll Hike & Joins Coalition

Last month, our Association signed on to join a coalition to enlist passenger's assistance in an effort to combat a proposed toll increase to keep their passenger fares as low as possible.  

An update to our August 23rd Member Alert, more than 1,000 public comments have been made through our e-mail campaign. Yesterday, members of the coalition discussed the matter with members of the New Jersey State Senate, asking for letters of support and/or to weigh in. A number of Senators have agreed to weigh in and see what they can do. 

Additionally, News 12 NJ is monitoring this closely and it is on their radar for a story later this month when the PANYNJ plans to vote.   Read more...
GNJMA Co-Hosts Human Trafficking Program

You are invited to attend a half-day summit sponsored and co-hosted by the New Jersey Attorney General's Human Trafficking Program, The New Jersey Motor Truck Association, Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), Busing on the Lookout (BOTL) and GNJMA.  

This summit will bring together key trucking, truck stop and bus industry stakeholders, with local, state, and federal law enforcement and government agencies to work together to close loopholes to traffickers.

When:  Thursday, September 26, 2019 9:00am-1:00pm (lunch provided)
Where:  Kean University 1000 Morris Avenue Union, NJ 07083

Click here to get full details and to register.

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Industry News
Heartburn Over Congestion Pricing

Lawmakers in charge of reauthorizing transportation programs in the House expressed deep misgivings about congestion pricing on Wednesday, suggesting a new challenge to any attempt to replacing the gasoline tax with a vehicle-miles-traveled fee - already a daunting prospect.  Read more...
Clearinghouse Proposed Rulemaking

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) titled " Extension of Compliance Date for States' Query of the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse ."

This NPRM does not change the mandatory use of the Clearinghouse, due to begin on January 6, 2020, for drivers, employers, consortia/third-party administrators (C/TPAs), medical review officers (MROs), and substance abuse professionals (SAPs).   Clearinghouse will be fully operational January 6, 2020

Drivers will be able to view their own information and provide consent; employers and their designated C/TPAs will be able to query drivers and record information; and MROs and SAPs will be able to record information, in the Clearinghouse.
Verified Vehicle Pre- and Post-Trip Inspection Tech

Motorcoach operators are realizing the value of implementing digital tools throughout various aspects of their business, including the vehicle inspection process. By using digital vehicle inspection tools, operators are saving time, money, and most importantly, bolstering the safety of their fleets. Verified digital inspection technology takes this even further by introducing accountability, so operators can have peace of mind knowing when the job is done, it's done right.   Read more...
NJ Steps Up Efforts to Identify Misclassified Workers

The New Jersey Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Labor signed a joint agreement to step up efforts to protect employees, including truck drivers, from illegal misclassification as independent contractors.   Read more...
U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Updates
Bus Lease and Interchange Regulations Revisions Revised
FMCSA announced a final rule that revises the agency's regulations governing the lease and interchange of commercial buses, which is estimated to save over $8 million in regulatory costs, without reducing safety.
Hours of Service Proposal Published
FMCSA published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on changes to hours of service (HOS) rules to increase safety on America's roadways by updating existing regulations for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers.  
Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse: Query Plans
Employers of CDL drivers can now review details on purchasing a query plan that will enable them to conduct queries starting January 6, 2020.  Query plans may only be purchased from the FMCSA Clearinghouse website. Query plans will be available for purchase fall 2019.   
GNJMA Upcoming Events

November 10, 2019 - Annual Driver Safety Meeting - Tropicana 

March 9-10, 2020 - Sponsor Appreciation Dinner, Spring Association Meeting & Motorcoach Professional Awards - Tropicana 


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