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Huntingdon County Visitor Bureau Joins PBA!


Every so often, your travel takes you somewhere that reignites your soul, reminding you that life is beautiful, that nature heals, and that moments together are priceless. Welcome to the Raystown Lake Region of Pennsylvania! The Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau is ready and waiting to help you plan your 'Ray'cation today. Contact Billie Jo Shultz 814-658-0060 or

Paytime, Inc. Joins PBA!

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Paytime provides comprehensive payroll solutions for companies of any size. They offer a variety of products and services to support your needs. Contact Ryan Strickler or 717-503-0449.

Starr Tours Celebrates 75 Years of Travel

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Starr Tours is excited to announce its 75th anniversary.

Starr has remained a family-owned business since 1947, growing from just a couple of buses to a vast fleet of 35 buses and tour offerings to over 150 destinations worldwide. Gilbert Sussman started the Trenton-based business to shuttle people to and from Hightstown, NJ. (Starr is the maiden name of Sussman’s wife.) In 1964, when New York hosted the World’s Fair, Sussman saw an opportunity and offered people not just a ride from one point to the next but an actual packaged trip. Starr buses were soon trekking folks to Broadway, Atlantic City, Washington, DC and eventually every go-to place in the country. From the honky-tonks of Nashville to the moss draped oaks of Savannah, from the lake shores of Michigan’s Mackinac Island to the rocky coast of Maine, Starr covered it all. #StarrAt75 Read the press release.

2022 Annual Conference

June 19-22, 2022

Wyndham Garden

State College, PA

Registration Open!


2022 PBA Motorcoach Safety & Preparedness Workshop

August 9, 2022

York Springs Fire Hall

Save the Date!


2023 Marketplace

March 27-28, 2023

Hosted by Pennsylvania's Americana Region at the Holiday Inn in Morgantown!

Save the Dates!


2023 Annual Meeting

June 18-21, 2023

Hosted by Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau at the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel!

Save the Dates!


2024 Marketplace & Annual Meetings: 

Interested in Hosting a PBA 2024 Event? 

Please visit our 2024 event pages for a copy of

the bid specs:

-2024 Annual Meeting

-2024 Marketplace

Deadline 12/31/22


PBA 100th Anniversary Committee Meetings Every 2nd Thursday of the Month.


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MCI Academy - Technician Training

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The MCI Academy provides training for all levels of technicians. This training will equip professionals with the knowledge and skills to properly maintain, diagnose and repair systems found on MCI coaches to maximize on-road time, passenger safety and operator profitability. They offer online courses, classroom sessions, written tests and practical skills demonstration. Get more information.

Prevost to End New York Manufacturing Operation

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Prevost will end manufacturing commuter coaches at its upstate New York plant by the end of the year.  The decision comes just three years after the company celebrated winning two major contracts with the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). The Canadian manufacturer began assembling coaches at the Plattsburgh, New York, facility in late 2014, to move into the Buy America Act (BAA) market, which requires that coaches bought with federal dollars have at least half of the vehicles built in the United States. Read more...

TEMSA Signs U.N. Global Commitment to Zero-Emissions

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TEMSA announced it has become a signatory to the United Nations (UN) Global Compact. By joining this voluntary initiative, the Turkey-based bus and vehicle manufacturer commits to advancing goals by aligning its strategy and operations with the UN Ten Principles on human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. Read more...

100th Anniversary Commemorative Video - Sponsorship Opportunity!

The 100th Anniversary Committee has contracted with a company to produce a 100th commemorative video and we are a looking for a sponsor. Your name will be forever on the commemorative video. If interested, please contact Pattie Cowley by May 1st. 

Your PBA Info Hub! Need Help?


We are happy to share with you how you can use your membership with us to network, view member only events, share your contact information with other members for networking and access vital resources.

If you are interested in a tutorial on how to use the new Info Hub, please send us an email and we will schedule a short demo with you. If we get enough interest, we will schedule a group tutorial.

PBA Posts Call-to-Action for No CERTS Tax Effort/Bill

On PBA’s Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, there is a call to action posted. This is for the no certs tax effort/bill.  Note, we are still working through the PA list, so there is no specific “targets” yet.  We will let you know if we need additional outreach. Here is the OneClick link we are encouraging you to use currently, courtesy of ABA:

Read a letter sent to Congressman Boyle, Congressmen Evans, Congressmen Kelly, and Congressman Smucker, by 23 PBA motorcoach operators across the commonwealth of Pennsylvania regarding an urgent tax matter, an oversight related to the taxability of grants provided under the Coronavirus Economic Relief for Transportation Services Act or CERTS Act in the first available legislative vehicle. 

100th Anniversary T-Shirt Contest Winner!

Thank you so much for everyone who entered! There were so many good ones, it was so hard to choose. Congratulations to Jennifer Boerner-Lechiski from Trans-Bridge Lines for winning the 100th Anniversary T-Shirt contest!   Jennifer won a $100 Amazon gift card!  Want a T-shirt?  These will be given away at the 2022 Annual Meeting. 

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PBA Annual Meeting June 19-22, 2022

Registration is Open! Sponsorships Available!

The 2022 PBA Annual Meeting is scheduled for June 19-22 at the Wyndham Garden, State College, PA and hosted by the Happy Valley Adventure Bureau!

Registration is open until June 3! Get all the details and register today!

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We are excited to have Johnny Quinn join us as our Keynote Speaker, especially in this Olympic year!

About Johnny:

"I am on a mission to deliver thought-provoking and action-packed messages to businesses and organizations of all sizes. Your audience deserves to be engaged and energized with the best content available. As a U.S. Olympian (Bobsled) and former professional football player, I have acquired tools to handcraft each speech to perfectly align with your audience. Toyota, Chick-fil-A, Cisco, Wells Fargo, Southwest Airlines, Zillow, LiftMaster, Fiserv and Lockheed Martin are a few clients that have hired me to speak so you will be in great company. I have been featured on media outlets around the world, such as: ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, ESPN, FOX, NBC, TIME, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal".

Thank You to Our Current Annual Meeting Sponsors!

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A few Sponsorship opportunities are still available to our Associate and Travel Supplier members.  Sponsorship Ads are due no later than May 13th.  Thank you!

June 3-4, 2022 - The Museum of Bus Transportation's Spring Fling!

This year’s theme is “Family Reunion — The Gang’s All Here” emphasizing the hard work of our volunteers, the generosity of our vendors, and the commitment that our guests. The combined efforts have provided substantial support for the Museum. Get details.

September 8, 2022 - Joint Association Meeting Opportunity!

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Wolf Announces 64 Transportation Alternatives Projects Improving Mobility and Safety in 34 Counties

Governor Tom Wolf and PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian announced the approval of funding for 64 projects to improve transportation alternatives and enhance mobility and public accessibility across the state, 43 of which are funded through the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). Read more...

Wolf Announces $10 Million Investments to Improve 10 Airports through Aviation Transportation Assistance Program

Governor Tom Wolf announced $10 million in state investments to support 12 projects at 10 airports through the Aviation Transportation Assistance Program.  Read more...

Gov. Wolf Announces $47.8 Million Investment in 56 Multimodal Projects to Improve Safety, Mobility, Local Economies

Governor Tom Wolf announced today that 56 highway, bridge, transit, and bike and pedestrian projects in 28 counties were selected for $47.8 million in funding through the Multimodal Transportation Fund.  Read more...

An Early Guide to Pennsylvania’s 2022 Senate and Governor’s Primary Election

A TV star, an attorney general, a lt. governor, and a former member of Congress will be among those competing for voters’ attention this spring.  Read more...

PennDOT Updates Public About Progress on Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Investments in Electric Vehicle Charging

As the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) continues developing its plans for electric-vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure investments from the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), the public learned about planning and funding for electric vehicle infrastructure, an was able to submit questions during a webinar on Wednesday, April 27.  Read more...

Employee Retention Credit (ERC)

Find out how you could possibly take advantage of the Employee Retention Credit (ERC).  For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please see the flyer. In addition, visit their website: ECBM & ERC Today

Federal REAL ID Enforcement Begins May 3, 2023

Beginning May 3, 2023, Pennsylvanians will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, photo ID card, or another form of federally-acceptable identification (such as a valid passport or military ID) to board a domestic commercial flight or enter a federal building or military installation that requires ID.   Read more...

FMCSA Video on ELDT Eligibility for Drivers

ELDT Rule Changes Dynamic for Carriers Running Driver Training Programs

From certification to instructor training and even record-keeping, carriers face a myriad of requirements under new rule.  Read more...

Roadcheck in May Will Focus on Wheel Ends

This year’s International Roadcheck will focus on wheel ends, which include the wheels, rims, hubs and tires on a commercial motor vehicle. Violations involving those components historically account for about one quarter of the vehicle out-of-service violations discovered during International Roadcheck, and past International Roadcheck data routinely found wheel end components in the top 10 of vehicle violations.  Read more...

FMCSA Record of Violations Final Rule Goes into Effect May 9

FMCSA amends its regulations to eliminate the requirement that drivers operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce prepare and submit a list of their convictions for traffic violations to their employers annually.  Read more...

FMCSA Warns CDL Drivers To Be Alert to Phishing Scam

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is warning commercial drivers to be careful of a phishing scam targeted at the motor carrier industry.  Read more...

Intercity Buses Take Surprising Turns as a Traffic Recovery Unfolds

America’s intercity bus industry is undergoing a metamorphosis amid a gradual recovery in passenger traffic, driven by a return to normalcy in long-distance travel and a dramatic rise in gasoline prices, which has boosted driving costs.  Read more...

Are Electric Buses Working Out in the U.S.?

With fossil fuel prices soaring all over the world, more and more people are turning to all-electric vehicles. But what about the motorcoach side of things?  Read more...

FlixBus Enters Deregulated Ontario Intercity Bus Market

FlixBus is expanding into Canada with domestic service routes with Toronto and Ottawa connections, benefitting from Ontario’s deregulation in 2021 and Greyhound’s shutdown of its Canadian operations. Read more...


Alerts, Invitations, Press Releases, and more are sent out to our Members as needed. Here are the emails we sent out since last Go News below.

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