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We wish you a joyous holiday season with peace & cheer in the New Year!



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Lake George Regional CVB Joins PBA!

The team at the Lake George Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau (LGRCVB) provides a powerful dose of experience and enthusiasm. They are available to assist and work with your groups to provide top-notch services and connect you to the right partners and offerings of the destination they call "home".

They take pride in their unique venues, Upstate New York charm, and convenient places and spaces for you and your groups to meet!

Contact: Steve Magee 518-668-5755 or

2024 Marketplace

March 25-26, 2024

Hosted by Happy Valley Adventure Bureau

Registration Is Open!


2024 Annual Conference

June 17-20, 2024

Hosted by Visit Ithaca

Save the Dates!


2024 Motorcoach Safety & Preparedness Workshop

August 8, 2024

Save the Date!


2025 Marketplace &

Annual Meetings: 

Interested in Hosting a PBA 2025 Event? 

Please visit our 2025 event pages for a copy of the bid specs:

-2025 Annual Meeting

-2025 Marketplace

Deadline 1/1/24

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Quicks Bus Company Celebrating 75 Years of Service

For over 75 years, PBA Member Quick's Bus Company has provided charter bus services for organizational and recreational group tours including but not limited to schools, college/universities, educational foundation groups, scouting groups, military groups, wedding party shuttles, religious congregations, and local businesses. Congratulations!

Quick’s is a family-owned and operated business, specializing in the charter business with a current fleet of 43 motorcoaches, including handicapped accessible buses, serving the entire state of Virginia. Check out their Facebook post.

Trans-Bridge Lines Makes Final Move to Reservations

PBA Member, Trans-Bridge Lines announced that it will fully operate under a reservations system beginning Monday, Dec. 18. All trips offer passengers a confirmed bus for the travel date and time booked. The company, which has run with a first-come, first-served model, will now provide passengers with the security of knowing that a seat on the bus is saved for them.  Read the press release.

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Prevost and Presents!

PBA Member, Prevost again sponsored this year's Christmas 4 Kids event, an annual gathering that brings together music, buses, and gifts for underprivileged children in Middle Tennessee.

During the two-day event, buses picked up over 400 children and brought them to a Christmas party held in their honor. After the party, the children boarded the buses again for a parade led by the Nashville Trolley carrying Santa and Mrs. Claus. This parade stretches nearly five miles and features more than 70 Tour Buses. Check out their Facebook post.

This year's events were held on December 11 and 12 in Hendersonville, TN. Learn more:

The Latest Equipment Offerings in Motorcoach

What are the latest offerings in the motorcoach industry? Check out the latest from PBA Members ABC Companies, Daimler Coaches North America, Motor Coach Industries, Prevost, and TEMSARead more...

PBA Members Awarded Smart Meetings 2023 Platinum Choice Awards

PBA Members, Destination Niagara USA, Discover Lancaster, Discover Newport, Experience Prince George's, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, Turning Stone Resort, Visit Atlantic City and Wind Creek Bethlehem were awarded the 2023 Platinum Choice Award by Smart Meetings.

They were nominated and voted on by the Smart Meetings community by demonstrating a commitment to excellence by continuing to reinvent themselves, exceeding expectations and anticipating attendee needs. Congratulations to all! Read more...

Richmond Region Tourism Partners with VisitAble to Expand Disability Awareness  

A year-long program between PBA Member, Richmond Region Tourism (RRT) and VisitAble is increasing disability awareness and inclusion at hospitality and tourism partners in the Greater Richmond area.


"Our partnership with VisitAble is making a significant impact,” says RRT’s President & CEO, Jack Berry. “The partnership resulted in enhanced disability awareness and inclusion to improve experiences for incoming travelers to our destination, as well as for local community members.” To learn more about the program and accessible travel in the Richmond Region, visit their website here.  Read more...

Resorts Casino Introduces 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway

Each day, PBA Member Resorts Casino will select one fortunate winner to enjoy an overnight stay at Resorts Casino Hotel and a $100 gift card! Don't miss the festive fun—start entering now! Visit to enter! 

Driver & Employee of Distinction Awards - Nominate Your Best!

For many decades, PBA has sponsored a Driver and Employee of Distinction Award's Program

This annual program enables members to recognize outstanding employees for contributions to the company they are employed by, their passengers, the motorcoach industry in general, and the community in which they serve.

We invite you to nominate your drivers and employees and join us for the awards presentation at the Bryce Jordan Center, the evening of March 25, 2024, during the Marketplace Networking Reception.

Nominate your best by January 31, 2024.

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PBA Scholarship Program - Application Period Opens Jan 1st

The goal of the PBA scholarship is to support Member education goals and to encourage the pursuit of formal education. Formal education includes trade certification, specialized training and of course, college. There will be two annual scholarships awarded in the amount of $1,000 each. 

Fundraising started this year and the first scholarship will be awarded at PBA’s 2024 Annual Conference. The PBA Executive Committee will accept applications between January 1 and April 30 annually. 

The nominees will be invited to the Annual Conference.  Visit the Scholarship webpage for more information.

Interested in Joining a PBA Committee?

PBA has six active, volunteer-based committees in the areas of Annual Conference, Ethics. Legislative & Advocacy, Marketplace, Membership and Nominating.

Visit the Committee page where you can view each committee and members, email the committees and/or contact Pattie Cowley to join!

PBA Executes MOU from Pacific Legal Foundation

PBA received and executed an MOU from the law firm of Pacific Legal Foundation offering free legal representation against the PA Dept of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Enviro Quality Board challenging the CARB standards and warranty requirements. This is the firm PMTA using. PBA started this process in August, after meeting with PMTA and our lobbyists. An MOU stands for memorandum of understanding. It is a starting point of negotiations between multiple parties to signal the intent of doing business or coming to an agreement and it simplifies a legal contract by establishing the key objectives and goals.


PBA had a teleconference with them on December 14th. We are specifically asking the court to enjoin DEP from enforcing heavy-diesel engine emission and warranty standards from CA and we are being added as a party to the existing case.

Have You Contacted Your Senators and Representatives Yet?

Senators. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Bob Casey, Jr. (D-Pa.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) introduced the Coronavirus Economic Relief for Transportation Services (CERTS) Tax Exemption Act in the Senate (S.1944). S.1944 is companion legislation to the House bill (H.R. 3510) re-introduced in May.

Bill H.R. 3510, reintroduction of a bill that would eliminate the tax burden for those who received CERTS Act money during the pandemic, was referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means after being sponsored by Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Ill.). The bill has since garnered the support of Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), Jared Golden (R-Maine), Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.), and John Rose (R-Tenn.).

The House bill currently has 13 sponsors, and the Senate bill has 5 sponsors. We need your help to advocate for our industry! Please contact your Senators and ask them to support S. 1944 and contact your Representatives and ask them to support H.R. 3510. Below are two easy forms that will only take a few minutes of your time to complete.

Contact Your Senators!

Contact Your Representatives!


Join Us in Happy Valley and Register for the 2024 Marketplace!

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The 2024 Marketplace will be held March 25-26, 2024 in State College and hosted by The Happy Valley Adventure Bureau!

Visit the website to get full details.

Operators - Register Here!
Exhibitors - Register Here!

SAVE $50 on your booth registration! Register before January 1!


  • January 1, 2024 - All Discount Pricing Ends.
  • January 15, 2024 - Cancellation of a purchased booth for partial refund.
  • January 31, 2024 - Last day for Operators to schedule a FAM Tour.
  • February 9, 2024 - Last day to purchase a Sponsorship.
  • February 16, 2024 - Registration ends and Sponsorship ad/artwork is due (for guaranteed placement on floor and the Marketplace Directory).
  • March 1, 2024 Hotel Room reservation deadline.


2024 Annual Conference - Save the Dates!

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The 2024 Annual Conference will be hosted by Visit Ithaca in Ithaca, NY June 17-20, 2024! We will be experiencing the area with FAMS, Dine-Around Night and Opening & Closing venues at area partners.


Pennsylvania House Committee Advances Electric School Bus Grant Program Bill

Pennsylvania lawmakers have advanced a bill that would help cover the costs of electric school buses. The House Education Committee voted 14-11 with all Democrats voting in favor and Republicans voting against the creation of the Electric School Bus Grant Program. Read more...

Pennsylvania Considers Annual Fee for Electric Vehicle Owners

The proposed bill would charge electric vehicle owners $290 a year to supplement decreased revenue lost from the state’s gas tax. It is estimated the fee would generate as much as $20 million annually for the state. Read more...

FBI, DHS Warn of Threats to Public Safety During Holiday Season

Per an assessment from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, ongoing tensions related to the conflict between Israel and Hamas "likely heighten the threat of lone actor violence targeting large public gatherings throughout the winter, including holiday-related, faith-based, New Year’s Eve, and First Amendment protected events related to the conflict." Read more...

Interior Secretary Designates 18 New Sites of Natural, Historical Significance

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland designated 16 new National Historic Landmarks (NHLs) and two new National Natural Landmarks (NNLs) across 14 states on Dec. 13. The newly designated NHLs in locations join a select group of more than 2,600 noteworthy places that possess exceptional value in illustrating the history of the United States. Read more...

CARB Announces Clean Truck & Bus Voucher Incentive Project

The Clean Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) supports the purchase of zero-emission vehicles by providing vouchers to offset the incremental cost of medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses. HVIP Standard offers purchase incentives for a wide variety of medium- and heavy-duty on-road vehicle types, while set-asides within HVIP offer focused support for certain vocations such as drayage trucks, public transit buses and public school buses. Read more...

New Way to Access DOT’s Drug and Alcohol Management System, Effective January 1, 2024 

DOT-regulated employers required to submit annual drug/alcohol testing data will need to go through to access the DOT’s drug and alcohol MIS and to input and submit their drug/alcohol testing data. Read more...

Using a Commercial Motor Vehicle to Commit Felony Sexual Assault

This Notice of Enforcement Policy (“Notice”) is to increase awareness of sexual assault against commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and to emphasize that Federal law requires that persons who are convicted of using a CMV to commit a felony must be disqualified from operating a CMV requiring a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or commercial learner’s permit (CLP). Read more...

Electronic ID Proposal Moves to FMCSA’s Back Burner

In September 2022, FMCSA issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking that considered requiring all commercial motor vehicles operating in interstate commerce to possess a unique electronic identifier. The rulemaking has been moved to the agency’s long-term actions, and no movement is expected in the next year. Read more...

FMCSA Has Removed 10 ELDs From the List of Registered Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs)

Motor carriers and drivers using CI ELD LOGS, ELD 2 GO, ELD4TRUCKING, ELOG365, GOLDEN ELD, POWERTRUCKS ELD, STEER RIGHT ELD, TruckX-ELD, TST 1 ELD, and WORLD TRUCKING ELD devices have 60 days to replace them with compliant ELDs. Read more...

FMCSA Warning: Drivers Who Drug-Test Positive Will Lose CDLs

Federal trucking regulators have issued a warning that late next year truck drivers who test positive for drug use will not only be placed on prohibited driving status, but will lose their commercial driver licenses and not be issued learning permits until they complete the federal return-to-work process. Read more...

Op-Ed | Congestion Mitigation Is a Must for New York City

Read an Op-Ed by Patrick W. Condren, Administrator of the BUS4NYC Coalition Inc.

Congestion Mitigation is vital for NYC today. The MTA Board at their meeting made next steps in the Central Business District Tolling Program. Recommendations include the recognition of privately owned commuter bus operators. Over the last 120 years, NYC public transport was primarily served by private transportation companies.


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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