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FMCSA extends national emergency declaration until June 14, 2020

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) hereby declares that a national emergency continues to exist that warrants extension of Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 issued on March 13, 2020, expanded on March 18, 2020, and extended and further expanded on April 8, 2020. This extension continues the exemption granted from Parts 390 through 399 of […]

APTA: House Bill Provides $15.75 Billion of Additional COVID-19 Funding for Public Transit

From APTA’s Legislative Alert (May 13, 2020): Yesterday, U.S. House Committee on Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey introduced H.R. 6800, the HEROES Act, a fourth package of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response emergency funding. The bill includes $15.75 billion of emergency funding for public transportation. The House is scheduled to consider the bill on Friday, May 15. […]

ABA Thanks House for Helping the Industry, But More Needs to be Done

Here is a statement from ABA President Peter Pantuso on the recent legislation from the House regarding support for intercity bus service providers: The American Bus Association (ABA) — a leading organization representing the motorcoach industry in North America, as well as the group travel industry — thanks Rep. Peter DeFazio, chairman of the Transportation […]

MTS CEO Paul Jablonski Passes Away

We are surprised and saddened to hear about the loss of a respected leader in the industry. Our condolences go out to Mr. Jablonski’s loved ones. Here is the official press release announcing his passing: Today, The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) announced that MTS Chief Executive Officer Paul Jablonski passed away suddenly on […]

New FTA Frequently Asked Questions Related to COVID-19 Now Available

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal partners to provide guidance to the public transportation industry in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Today, FTA posted 13 new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding COVID-19 on its website that cover Administrative Relief, Civil Rights, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic […]

Send your coaches to UMA/ABA rolling rally in Washington, D.C. on May 13

UPDATE FROM UMA: Motorcoaches Rolling for Awareness Rally has been POSTPONED until Congress is Back in Session Because the House is not coming back next week, ABA and UMA have made the call to POSTPONE the May 6 Rally until May 13. We are inviting our members to travel in a coach (or coaches) and […]

Motorcoach industry gains attention of key Congressional leaders

On Friday, House Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) and House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR) requested that the Department of Treasury Secretary and Federal Reserve consider providing at least $5 billion in loans to over-the-road bus carriers. The Economic Stabilization and Assistance to Severely Distressed Sectors of the U.S. […]

New ABA report details impact of COVID-19 on the motorcoach industry

The American Bus Association (ABA) Foundation released a report today that showcases the effect COVID-19 is having on the U.S. motorcoach industry – an essential sector in the transportation industry. Nearly the entire industry is currently shut down in every corner of the country.  Most charter and tour companies have closed their doors, commuter operations have mostly […]

Mountain Line learns of onboard COVID-19 exposure

Mountain Line Transit Authority has learned of COVID-19 contact on a bus. Employees and passengers who may have come into contact and have potential exposure have been identified and are working with the Monongalia County Health Department to take the necessary steps to test, isolate and trace potential additional contacts. One Mountain Line employee has […]

FTA provides greater flexibility for transit agencies to meet Safety Plan requirements

In response to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced that it will give transit agencies more time to meet the requirements of the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP) regulation. “We understand that many transit agencies are experiencing disruptions to normal operating procedures during the COVID-19 public health emergency […]