Motorcoach industry ignored in new 1.9T Dem Covid Relief bill

Feb. 27, 2021

According to most sources, the latest Covid Relief package pushed through by Democrats in the House late last night has zero relief for the motorcoach industry. It proposes $30 billion in relief for public transit agencies, $1.5 billion for Amtrak, $8 billion for airports and $15 billion for airline workers — all on top of tens of billions of dollars of industry aid that the last two pandemic relief packages included. But one transportation sector is almost entirely left off the American Rescue Plan Act’s life raft: the motorcoach business.

Along with the Greyhound and Peter Pan buses that are familiar sights on U.S. interstates, the industry encompasses nearly 3,000 carriers that provide charter trips, sightseeing tours, scheduled commuter stops, intercity connections and other varieties of bus-based travel. Before Covid-19, these buses carried 575 million passengers annually, pulling in $15.4 billion in revenue, according to data from the American Bus Association. But they have received little attention from lawmakers.

Click: Bloomberg News: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-02-23/there-s-no-covid-bailout-for-the-bus-industry

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Greyhound of South Africa announces final day of operations

Feb. 15, 2021

Greyhound Bus Lines of South Africa, which covers a large network of line routes including Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana and South Africa, announced immediate cease of all operations and permanent closure – and including its Citiliner brand – due to factors like lockdowns, border closures, banning of interprovincial travel and curfews. The company has a 37-year history and is the number one mode of travel on Africa’s horn. Their fleet includes luxury double-decker MAN busses amongst other streamlined models.

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Port Authority announces final $10 billion new terminal plan

January 23, 2021

New York City’s 70-yr. old Port Authority Bus Terminal has finally introduced their final architectural renderings of the future building which will be built on the current footprint location at 40th-42nd Street and Eighth avenue. The projected finish of the project is year 2030.

The new building will feature wider ramps and increases in roadway ceiling height for double-deck busses, or large articulated busses. Also projected are designs for autonomous (driverless) bus loading zones (for example a rotating shuttle bus to/from the Javits Center)

https://www.masstransitmag.com/bus/infrastructure/press-release/21207206/the-port-authority-of-new-york-and-new-jersey-panynj-unveils-new-plan-for-bus-terminal-replacement

ARTIST RENDERING OF YR. 2030 PORT AUTHORITY BUS TERMINAL

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Rules for PPP loan forgiveness

Jan. 22, 2021 (orig. Aug. 21, 2020)

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Peter Pan Bus Lines, as many other small to mid-size businesses, are functioning thanks to loan money from the federal government ear-tagged for payroll costs. Many individuals have asked what the process calls for, and if these loans will be “forgiven” if certain requirements are met. There has been wide confusion regarding the Payroll Protection Program, as it has been amended once or twice since its initial enactment. Here is the latest summary:

Current forgiveness rules require 60% of funds be spent on payroll costs. That’s down from the original 75% requirement. Eligible non-payroll costs can include business rent or lease payments, mortgage interest payments and utility payments. Payroll costs include gross wages and salaries, sick pay, paid time off, and state and local taxes on payroll. This includes contributions to employee health insurance and retirement plans, but not federal unemployment tax, federal unemployment insurance or matches to Medicare and FICA. 

Banks aren’t accepting loan forgiveness applications yet because they are asking the federal Small Business Administration for guidance on how to process the documentation. The PPP loan program ends Sept. 1, 2020 according to sources.

https://www.busandmotorcoachnews.com/ppp-loan-forgiveness-what-you-need-to-know/

Discussions are continuing in Congress regarding relief for the Motorcoach Transportation Industry. The following proposals are being discussed in either the Senate or House: HEALS ACT, CERTS ACT, RESTART ACT.

https://www.busandmotorcoachnews.com/congress-fumbles-as-bus-industry-sits-idle/

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Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative is looking to hire School Bus Drivers

Jan 1, 2021

LPVEC is now hiring Springfield, Mass. area school bus drivers for Agawam, Wilbraham, East Longmeadow and Southwick, Massachusetts locations. LPVEC offers good pay with benefits, trains you and pays you for training. Salary: $18.00/hr. to $23.00/hr.
If interested contact David Young (Part-time Peter Pan driver) at LPVEC. Or email David Young: dpy9477@ gmail.com.

Local 1512 is not promoting or encouraging any action by our members; only making them aware of employment opportunities.

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