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03/31/2020

 


 

With the world facing a global pandemic related to Covid 19, many industries have been staggered by the actions taken to stop the rapid spread. Many of the businesses most directly impacted are related to the transportation and lodging of travelers.

Bus Solutions has focused on the bus industry for 36 years. We helped many operators after the 9/11 and SARS tragedies, and we stand ready to help again.  Our founder, David Mendenhall, has written an overview of how operators can deal with the present situation.

Modifying Credit Agreements
Cash Conservation
Working with Insurance Providers
Reducing Rent
Working with Vendors
Non-Essential Employees - Furloughs and Unemployment Protection
Financing Alternatives

While the current crisis continues to unfold, Bus Solutions is more than ready to work with industry professionals to construct assistance packages for operators. Bus Solutions is there when you need us, and has a proven ability to help.

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  Homeland Security designates for-hire transportation as 'Essential Critical Infrastructure'


In an historic move, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) added the for-hire transportation industry to its list of "essential critical infrastructure workers," a vital designation for fleet operators amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


  From Metro:

In an historic move, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) added the for-hire transportation industry to its list of "essential critical infrastructure workers," a vital designation for fleet operators amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The designation comes after The Transportation Alliance sent an urgent letter to DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf last week.

"Mr. Secretary, in order for us to fight this invisible threat, all private sector transportation companies are at your disposal," TTA President Thomas P. Arrighi wrote in his March 25 letter. "Each vehicle represents an essential piece of equipment in our nation's toolbox as we work together to end this deadly virus."

This is the first time the private sector, for-hire transportation industry has been explicitly named as part of the nation's critical infrastructure at the federal level. Specifically, the newly added provisions cover:

* Employees supporting personal and commercial transportation services - including taxis, delivery services, vehicle rental services, bicycle maintenance and car-sharing services, and transportation network providers.
* Bus drivers and workers who provide or support intercity, commuter, and charter bus service in support of other essential services or functions.

"We are grateful to Secretary Wolf and his team for this extremely important designation," President Arrighi said. "To see such swift action means that our affiliated drivers, employees, and teams will be on the street when America needs us most."


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  Trump Signs Coronavirus Relief Bill With Over $30B For Education

   From School Bus Fleet:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Trump signed into law on Friday the $2 trillion Coronavirus relief bill, which was created to mitigate the economic damage wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic and includes funds for education, CNBC reports.

As School Bus Fleet previously reported, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes a provision designed to help pupil transporters. The legislation cleared the Senate by a 96-0 vote early Thursday morning and sent it to the U.S. House of Representatives, which passed it on Friday morning and sent it to the president for signature.

The bill provides $30.75 billion for an "Education Stabilization Fund" for states, school districts, and institutions of higher education for costs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Of that, $13.5 billion is allocated for elementary and secondary education schools, distributed through states.

 

President Trump signed into law on Friday the $2 trillion Coronavirus relief bill, which was created to mitigate the economic damage wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic and includes funds for education, CNBC reports.

Of note in the provision is a condition on receipt of the funding: "A local educational agency, state, institution of higher education, or other entity that receives funds under 'Education Stabilization Fund,' shall to the greatest extent practicable, continue to pay its employees and contractors during the period of any disruptions or closures related to Coronavirus." [Section 18006]

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