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09/22/2020

 


  Oregon operator helps evacuate seniors in path of deadly fire

 

From Bus & Motorcoach News:

Smoke has been so thick in Oregon that Joe Gillis at times can barely see across the street. Fires in southern Oregon have killed at least six people and destroyed hundreds of homes.

On the Tuesday following Labor Day, he dispatched a bus to pick up residents of a senior living facility in the path of the deadly fire.

After that first assignment, several of his coaches were on standby at other retirement homes, waiting to move residents if fire levels changed and evacuations were ordered. Most have been released, but as of Tuesday, he still had two buses waiting in Roseburg. The town is a three-hour drive from Portland, where his business, Northwest Navigator Luxury Coaches, is located.

"We've had as many as eight buses. We've been asked for more, but that's all we could muster at this point, in drivers as well as just buses," said Gillis.


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Smoke has been so thick in Oregon that Joe Gillis at times can barely see across the street. Fires in southern Oregon have killed at least six people and destroyed hundreds of homes.
 

 

 
  Led by Collins and Reed, 26 Senators urge leadership to include CERTS Act in relief package

 


    From Bus & Motorcoach News:

In a breakthrough move for motorcoach industry advocates, today 26 U.S. Senators signed onto a letter urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Charles Schumer to include the Coronavirus Economic Relief for Transportation Services (CERTS) Act in the next relief package.

The CERTS Act was introduced by Senators Collins and Reed in July. It would authorize $10 billion in emergency economic relief, including grants, for America's bus, motorcoach, and passenger ferry industries impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We represent both rural and urban communities across the country that rely on the bus, motor coach, and passenger vessel industries to ensure that children can get to school, employees can get to work, and travelers can connect with rail and air transportation hubs."


In a breakthrough move for motorcoach industry advocates, today 26 U.S. Senators signed onto a letter urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Charles Schumer to include the Coronavirus Economic Relief for Transportation Services (CERTS) Act in the next relief package.
 

"We need these indispensable links to keep our communities connected and to help these industries avoid further financial instability," the Senators wrote. "Our bill has strong bipartisan, bicameral support from members representing broad geographic and demographic diversity."

The letter was also signed by Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Ed Markey (D-MA), Richard Burr (R-NC), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bob Casey (D-PA), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Tina Smith (D-MN), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Steve Daines (R-MT), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN).

In addition to being supported by the United Motorcoach Association, the CERTS Act has been endorsed by the American Bus Association, the National School Transportation Association (NSTA), the Amalgamated Transit Union, and the Passenger Vessel Association.

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  Nominate a Great School Transportation Director

 

Last year's School Bus Fleet Administrator of the Year award went to John Hennessey,
 

Last year's School Bus Fleet Administrator of the Year award went to John Hennessey,
the director of transportation for Worcester (Mass.) Public Schools.

  
    From School Bus Fleet:

Do you know an exemplary school transportation director who deserves recognition for his or her efforts? If so, School Bus Fleet wants to hear from you.  We’re getting ready to select a recipient for our annual Administrator of the Year award, and we’re accepting nominations. Both district- and state-level directors are eligible.

Each year, we look for candidates who have made significant contributions to pupil transportation through their own departments as well as through state and national associations.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, Oct. 16.   Submit a nomination today!
 

 

 

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