Trinity Supports River Rouge School District’s Back to School Rally

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Trinity Supports River Rouge School District’s Back to School Rally

Monday, August 27th, 2018

Getting ready to go back to school is a fun and exciting time for most families, from finding out who will be your child’s teacher for the year to buying new supplies and clothing; however, for some families, this time is more of a challenging one. Financial struggles and access to certain amenities can be a burden during the preparation for each new school year, but Operation Backpack is determined to change that. Every year, Operation Backpack provides backpacks filled with school supplies, toiletries, and reusable water bottles to children in need so they can have the necessary items to be prepared and ready to learn.

Trinity Transportation was proud to donate backpacks for this year’s Back to School Rally put on by Operation Backpack for River Rouge schools. The event was held at River Rouge High School on Friday, August 24th, 2018, and was full of families having fun and enjoying the last of summer break. There were bounce houses with slides, free food and bottled water, various vendors, free haircuts, backpacks filled with supplies being handed out, and much more! Home Depot was giving kids aprons to wear and write their names on and had a table where kids could create their very own toolboxes!

The River Rouge Back to School Rally was a great success and we are so honored to have been a partner!

To see more pictures from the Back to School Rally, visit our Facebook page!

Trinity Transportation Hosts Annual Back to School Meeting

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

Every year, Trinity Transportation prepares for the new school year by hosting our annual Back to School Meeting for school bus division employees. During the meeting, company protocol, procedures, and safety measures are reviewed to ensure our employees put their best foot forward for the upcoming school year.

“As an organization, we understand the importance of thorough planning and preparation. That is why each year, before the start of school, we bring together all of our school bus division employees for a back to school startup meeting to review policy changes and receive continuing education training”, Chief Operating Officer Dave Holls stated. “At this year’s meeting, crisis de-escalation and student management on the bus were two highlighted training events everyone participated in.”

Our meeting this year had over 500 attendees, including two special guests from our parent company, National Express: Vice President of Safety Kevin Kilner and Head of Transit Maintenance William Diamond. The day started with an introduction from Dave Holls, who discussed safety initiatives including our ongoing Target Zero campaign. He also discussed the performance of our terminals; what employees should do before, during, and after their routes; and reiterated the Driving out Harm program. Kevin Kilner delivered an important safety message, touching on how imperative it is that we follow all of the guidelines and procedures put in place in order to keep our communities safe.

After lunch, Area General Manager Kevin Dunbar gave training on blood borne pathogens, which prepared employees for cases where bodily fluids are involved. The training took employees through the process of what to do in a medical emergency and how to handle bodily fluids with precaution. Next up was DriveCam coaching, conducted by Dave Holls, and then customer service training from Sales Director Pete Rudnik. The meeting ended with educational videos on preventative techniques for crisis intervention and a discussion about student management.

During the meeting, there were periodic breaks for some fun! Upon arrival, employees were given raffle tickets for a chance to spin the prize wheel and win prizes. A total of 13 prizes were given away, including a Keurig set, Amazon Fire Cube, tablets, a record player, and a five-piece luggage set.

To see more pictures, check out our Facebook page! If you’re interested in being a part of Team Trinity, you can view our open positions and apply here!

Your Convention Transportation

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

Conventions are a fun and terrific way to learn more about your industry and meet other professionals in your field. They provide the information you need to build on your experience and grow in your profession. As a distinguished transportation company, we’re prepared to make your convention transportation the best it can be!

If you have yet to book transportation for your convention, we take you through the process step-by-step in this article. Once you’ve gone through each step and secured your transportation, your vehicle will be booked and you will be set for the day of your convention! Our reservations specialists usually reach out about a week before the date of your convention to ensure the details and information on file are correct, and to make any needed changes. On the day of your convention, the driver(s) will arrive at the specified pick-up location at the time discussed (usually 5-15 minutes early) with the vehicle(s) you selected. Upon meeting your driver(s), we recommend that you exchange phone numbers so communication can occur throughout your time together. Depending on the length of your convention and the services requested, your vehicle(s) will typically stay at the venue the entire time.

After the services are complete, you are all set! Your reservations specialist may reach out to you a day or two after your convention to ask for feedback on our services. As always, we appreciate having valuable customers like you and can’t wait to assist you with your transportation needs!

Trinity Transportation Donates Buses to Wayne State University’s Baseball Camp

Monday, July 9th, 2018

 

At the end of June, Wayne State University put on their annual week-long baseball camp in partnership with the Detroit Tigers and Trinity Transportation! Kids ages 7-18 came from all around the Metro Detroit area to advance their baseball skills and learn from the best at this camp. The participating kids visited Comerica Park where they were able to go onto the field for batting practice, received a special tour, and spent time with the players and coaches. The camp ended with the participating kids receiving a tour of WSU’s campus and spending time with WSU’s baseball players and coaches who taught the campers new drills and exercises and showed them what it’s like to be a collegiate athlete. We are proud to support our future baseball players by providing the transportation for this annual camp!

WSU head coach Ryan Kelley said, “It was an exciting and action-packed week of baseball at our annual summer camp. We hope all participants enjoyed spending their time with us in a combined MLB and NCAA environment in our great baseball city of Detroit! I would like to thank the Detroit Tigers Foundation for outstanding leadership, support, and a commitment to helping provide a great experience for all participants. I would also like to thank all of our camp staff, which included current and former NCAA baseball student-athletes, high school coaches, select youth coaches, and former professional baseball players. Plus, Trinity Transportation was instrumental in helping with our ground transportation during camp. On behalf of our camp staff, I would like to wish all participants a great deal of success on and off the field for the remainder of this summer and look forward to seeing you again at future events.”

The week filled with baseball was a success and we are so happy to have been a part of it!

 

How To Book Your Convention Transportation

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

Conventions are a great way to learn more about your industry and grow as a professional, to expand your company’s horizons, and to make connections with other professionals and companies within your industry. Whether you’re attending a local convention or flying in from out of town, Trinity Transportation can help you with your convention transportation needs, and we’re here to walk you through the process of booking it!

  1. Define the size of your group and the type of transportation you will need. How many people will you require transportation for? Is there anyone who needs a handicap accessible vehicle? Will you need a shuttle from your hotel to the convention and back? If you desire airport transportation, please see our article on booking your airport transportation.
  2. Visit our convention services page. After completing the first step, take a look at our convention services page for more information about what we offer for conventions and to view vehicle recommendations. You can also visit our fleet page for our full range of vehicles.
  3. Request a quote. Once you know your group size and needs and have a type of transportation in mind, the next step is to request a quote! To do so online, you can follow the steps in our convenient blog post. If you would rather request a quote over the phone, you can reach one of our experienced reservations specialists at 877-284-4200.
  4. Converse with a reservations specialist. After requesting a quote online, one of our reservations specialists will reach out to you to discuss your convention transportation in more detail. They will assist you in determining which vehicle is best for you and will discuss availability and pricing.
  5. Finalize your convention transportation. Once you have found the perfect vehicle for your convention and chat with our reservations specialist, you can finalize the booking of your transportation! We will secure the requested transportation for the date(s) and time(s) needed, and you will receive an email confirmation.

We want you to be stress-free when planning the transportation for your convention. We aim to go above and beyond to make your travel as smooth as possible!

Sweet Summer Treat!

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

Every year, Trinity Transportation hosts our annual company picnic. It is a time for us to celebrate our company family with delicious food and lots of summer fun! At this year’s picnic, we had blow-up obstacle courses, bounce houses, inflatable water slides and pools, clowns doing face painting and making balloon animals, a DJ, ice cream trucks, and a photo booth! The picnic was held at Lake Erie Metropark (right by the wave pool!) on June 23rd, 2018, and was catered by Kosch Catering, who provided an awesome selection of food. We also conducted an employee raffle, where employees had the chance to win prizes including bicycles, coolers, grills, yard games, 55” 4k TVs, and more!

Despite it raining at one point, the weather was perfect and sunny! Hundreds of employees from our terminals across southeast Michigan and Ohio and their families came to Lake Erie Metropark for our picnic put together to show appreciation for their hard work.  We enjoyed spending the day having fun with our Trinity family and can’t wait for next year’s picnic!

Want to join in on the fun next summer? We are currently hiring for multiple positions!

Trinity Transportation Acquires Contract with Schools in Northwest Detroit

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

We are excited to announce that Trinity Transportation has become the transportation provider for six schools in the Detroit Public Schools Community District and four charter schools in northwest Detroit! Trinity’s buses will take students to and from school and to and from after-school programs at the Northwest Activities Center. In an effort to keep security high, the city will be implementing a card-swiping system on the buses and at the Northwest Activities Center. This system will send text messages to parents when their children enter and exit the school bus, and when they go to and from after-school programs. As with a lot of our current routes, the buses for these schools will have two adults on board at all times: a driver and an attendant. We are thrilled to continue our relationship with Detroit Public Schools and look forward to helping with the growth of our future students!

Trinity Transportation Donates 10 Laptops to River Rouge Seniors

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

On June 6th, 2018, River Rouge School District hosted their annual Student of the Month event where students were honored for their academic excellence. Trinity Transportation was in attendance and donated 10 laptops to graduating seniors. The event was held at Crystal Gardens in Southgate, Michigan, where dinner and refreshments were served to attendees.

The evening was full of gratitude for administrators, parents, corporate partners, and staff for all of their hard work throughout the school year. The students also received from the principals of their individual schools recognition for going above and beyond this school year.

When it was time for the principal of River Rouge High School to make his speech, he acknowledged the students form each grade, saving the seniors for last. The seniors were commended for their academic achievements, then the announcement was made that Trinity would be giving laptops to the graduating seniors. These students are attending colleges across the country, including Howard University, Eastern Michigan University, Tennessee State University, Wayne State University, and Henry Ford College, and majoring in various subjects such as pre-nursing, pre-law, and robotics. Dave Holls, chief operating officer at Trinity, took to the podium to congratulate all of the students and to hand out the laptops to the seniors.

Trinity Transportation is proud to have worked with River Rouge Schools and honored to be their community partner for over a decade, providing them with safe and reliable transportation while also investing in the children of our community!

The Bells Are Ringing!

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

The day of matrimony is a special one, filled with friends, family, and love all around. It’s a day of celebration and a time to rejoice in your new life as one. As a premier transportation company, we are here to help plan your big day! No matter the type of transportation you need for your wedding, we can accommodate with our wide range of vehicles.

If you haven’t booked your wedding transportation yet, we walk you through the process in this article. Once you’ve completed the steps to securing your transportation, your vehicle will be booked and you will be all set for your special day! Our reservations specialists will typically reach out a week before your wedding to ensure all of the information on file is still correct, and it’s not uncommon for clients to reach out the day before to confirm again. Come the day of, the driver(s) will arrive at the specified pick-up location at the discussed time (usually 5-15 minutes early) with the vehicle(s) you chose. Once you meet your driver(s), it is encouraged that you exchange numbers so communication can occur throughout the day. Depending on the services requested, the vehicle(s) typically stay for the entirety of your wedding.

After the services are completed, you can be on your marry way! We look forward to being a part of your special day!

 

Trinity Transportation’s 1st Annual Baseball Outing

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

Here at Trinity, we wanted to show employees a fun time and start summer off right – what better way to do that than take everyone to a Detroit Tigers baseball game?! We were excited to provide employees with a ticket to the game, food voucher, and custom designed t-shirt. Of course, being a transportation company, we also provided transportation for those who wanted it!

The day started with buses arriving at the park 40 minutes before game time, giving employees a chance to walk around, get food, or visit the team store. The weather was perfect for a baseball game! While the Tigers were off to a semi-rough start, they came back strong and won the game 7-4 against the Toronto Blue Jays.

See what some of our employees had to say about the outing!

Sherrie Presley, school bus driver, said, “I loved the fact that we got to bring a family member and the reuniting of people I’ve worked with over the years. It was an overall amazing day and I felt very appreciated as an employee!”

Renee Holmes, school bus aide, enjoyed her time at the game: “I always go to Comerica Park and I had so much fun at this game!”

Jessica Schwartz, dispatcher, went with her daughter and they had a ball! She said, “The game was lots of fun! We didn’t ride the bus down, but we enjoyed ourselves. The game itself was nice, the weather was nice, and we all had a good time!”

We loved our time together on June 2nd; it was a great game and an all-around fun day! We can’t wait for our next company outing!

Safety Rules Are the Best Tools!

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

Our safety meetings for May were conducted the 21st through 26th and were packed with vital information for our drivers and aides! The meetings were executed by Dave Holls, chief operating officer, and Carl Ingram, Detroit area safety director. Our safety meetings always start with a little introduction then local news and updates from each terminal’s general manager and maintenance department.

After the local updates, Dave talked about distracted driving and showed a news video regarding a recent school bus accident in New Jersey. This horrific accident was caused by a driver who was recklessly driving on the interstate, and is an instance of what could happen when someone is driving distracted. It is not worth the risk. This is why our parent company, National Express, implemented the Target Zero campaign in February. Target Zero is the next phase of our Driving out Harm program and was put in to effect to eliminate fatal accidents from our company. Target Zero is a call to action that encompasses all of our efforts to reduce distracted driving and make the roads safer for our communities.

To piggy-back off of safe driving habits, Dave discussed performance feedback for the month of April. After Dave went over the numbers, Carl reviewed the Driving out Harm program and reiterated the Golden Rules for our drivers (they’re listed in this blog post). Carl then addressed our company’s safety performance KPIs (key performance indicators) for the month of April and talked about the heat risks of summer as the new season approaches. He covered the symptoms of heat exhaustion, heat stroke, hyperthermia, and dehydration and how to prevent them. Carl also mentioned how there will be more people on the roads since school will be out soon and discussed different ways drivers can be more alert to the extra bicyclists, pedestrians, cars, and motorcyclists.

An acronym our company uses to ensure safe driving habits is LEFTS:

Let others know your intentions by signaling

Ensure oncoming traffic is clear; do not rush

Fully check your blind spots by leaning forward and backward (rock and roll)

Turn only when you are sure there are no pedestrians in or about to enter the intersection

Stay alert; look around and recheck your mirrors during your turn

Summer is also the season of roadside inspections by Michigan State Police, so Carl covered the various responsibilities drivers have, including carrying their credentials at all times, completing thorough pre-trip and post-trip inspections, and being extra aware of their surroundings.

To finish the presentation, Dave returned to remind drivers of our upcoming company activities. First is attendance bingo, where employees get a stamp for every date on their card for which they have perfect attendance during the month of May. Once an employee has a bingo, they turn in their card and have three chances to win awesome prizes, the ultimate grand prize being a 55” Smart LED TV with a Blu-Ray player and complete sound system! Second is our first annual Detroit Tigers company outing, which is taking place on June 2nd. If you’re at that game, keep a look out for a large group with purple shirts – that’s us! And lastly, Dave announced Trinity’s 22nd annual company picnic, where we have food, fun, and prizes!

We’re excited for the fun things ahead and to continue with our safety mission!

It’s Time to Fly!

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

The end of the school year is approaching, and that means vacation season is almost upon us! We know getting ready for vacations can be hectic and stressful, but we’re ready to take some of the stress away by being your go-to airport transportation. With our array of vehicles, we can accommodate your every need, from small to large groups, along with handicap accessible vehicles.

If you have yet to book your transportation, we walk you through that process in this article. Once you’ve gone through those steps, your vehicle will be booked and you’ll be all set for your trip! If you’ve booked transportation to the airport, on the day of your trip, your driver will arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time. This is to allow enough time for you to get your things together and meet your driver outside of your pick-up location. The driver will then take you to the departures section at the airport and help you unload your luggage with a sendoff for a great expedition!

If you’re booking transportation from the airport, we ask that you do it at least 24 hours in advance. Upon arrival at the airport, your driver will meet you in the arrivals section by the baggage claim. Your driver will help you carry your luggage to their vehicle, which will be parked in the parking structure. Once you are all situated in the vehicle, you will be off to your destination!

Booking your airport transportation with Trinity is the one ingredient that will provide relaxing travel time for you and your guests. We can’t wait to help make your trip the best it can be!

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