07/02/2019

 


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  Bill to strengthen Buy America requirements reintroduced in Congress


 From Metro:

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) reintroduced the Made in America Act to strengthen Buy America requirements for the federal government to support American businesses, manufacturers, and workers.

The Made in America Act identifies federal programs that fund infrastructure projects not currently subject to Buy America standards and ensures that materials used in these federal programs, including steel, iron, and aluminum, are domestically produced. When certifying that materials used in construction are "Made in America," the bill requires the Department of Commerce to ensure that American jobs are supported.

"The federal government spends billions of taxpayer dollars on infrastructure projects that are not subject to Buy America requirements," said Sen. Baldwin. "The result is American taxpayer money is being spent to buy foreign products and support workers in other countries."


The Made in America Act identifies federal programs that fund infrastructure projects not currently subject to Buy America standards and ensures that materials used in these federal programs, including steel, iron, and aluminum, are domestically produced. When certifying that materials used in construction are "Made in America," the bill requires the Department of Commerce to ensure that American jobs are supported.

This week, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report, requested by Sen. Baldwin, showing that American taxpayer dollars are more likely to go to foreign firms when they are subject to international trade obligations. Specifically, the report found that when a U.S. government procurement contract is subject to an international agreement, such as NAFTA, the contract is three times more likely to be awarded to a foreign firm.

As previous GAO reports that studied the economic impact of U.S. trade agreements on Buy America laws made clear, those obligations provide U.S. trading partners more opportunity to win American government procurement work than American businesses receive in return. The Made in America Act would take steps to fix this by ensuring that taxpayer dollars are spent on American-made materials created by American workers and businesses, according to the Congresspersons..............   READ MORE >

  Megabus.com 'Partners' program yields benefits to bus companies


Megabus.com, one of largest intercity bus services in North America, launched megabus Partners, which is a program for any bus service or company to partner by offering award-winning megabus.com customer experience to their passengers.

 

From Metro:

Megabus.com, one of largest intercity bus services in North America, launched megabus Partners, which is a program for any bus service or company to partner by offering award-winning megabus.com customer experience to their passengers.

"We are very excited about this new one-stop shop service opportunity for bus companies to focus on the operations, while megabus Partners focuses on the overall customer experience," said Bryony Chamberlain, VP, megabus.com

Some of the services that megabus Partners includes:

* Purchasing tickets on Megabus.com website.
* Processing transactions and managing chargebacks.
* Sending operational and marketing texts and e-mails to customers including service advisories.
* Handling customer communications via 24 hour telephone.
* Social media support.

As well as this full operational support, the megabus.com team will assist operators in maximizing revenue yield using its algorithms and expertise built over many years.

Megabus Partners already has three partners benefiting from these services over six states and growing...............   READ MORE >

  Winners Named in 2019 Pennsylvania School Bus Driver Safety Competition

   From School Bus Fleet:

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The Pennsylvania School Bus Association (PSBA) announced on Monday the winners in its 43rd Annual State School Bus Driver Safety Competition, held here on June 21 and 22.

A total of 95 drivers competed in this year’s event (84 in the conventional category and 11 in the transit category), which took place on the grounds of the Mount Nittany Elementary and Middle School.

For the Pennsylvania competition, school bus drivers and competition judges arrived on the evening of Friday, June 22, for an orientation and the driver’s written examination, which was developed for the competition by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. On Saturday morning, the drivers competed in the skills portion of the competition which included a physical and verbal bus inspection; height judgment; diminishing clearance; simulated bus stop; railroad crossings; backing up; and curb line parking.


The following drivers will represent Pennsylvania at the International School Bus Safety Competition, which will be held on July 21, in Austin, Texas.

Conventional Bus Category
Ruth Del Vecchio - DelVecchio, a driver for Krapf School Bus in West Chester, has competed in a total of 10 state competitions, having finished first in the 2015 state competition. This will mark her second trip to the international event.

Larry Hannon Jr. - Hannon is a driver for Centennial School District. He has competed in six state competitions, achieving the highest written score at the state competitions in 2015, 2017, and 2018. This will be Hannon’s first appearance at the international level.

Transit Bus Category
Cheryl Vogelsang - Vogelsang, a driver for On the Go Kids located in Downingtown, has participated in numerous state competitions, including achieving a second-place finish in 2017. This will be her eighth time competing at the international event.

Jim O’Toole – O’Toole, a driver for the Haverford Township School District, has competed in over 11 state competitions. This will mark his second trip to the international competition.

"This competition is all about these drivers who represent the best from across Pennsylvania," said Dallas Krapf, chair of the safety competition committee. "They trained hard and competed locally to make it here. We congratulate and wish our winners the best of luck as they move on to Austin for the International Competition. I want to.................READ MORE >


 

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