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Trinity Transportation Coronavirus/COVID-19 Response

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

As a trusted business partner and transportation provider in Southeast Michigan and Northern Ohio, we want to assure our customers that we have taken proactive measures to combat COVID-19 as it relates to our operations in the workplace. Since this is a developing situation, a cross-functional team has been put together to monitor the outbreak of the virus and direct our response.

We are closely monitoring the United States Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization websites and following the best practices put in place by both organizations. Currently, we are doing the below:

  • Using a mixture of bleach and water to spray onto surfaces to kill germs and help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses.
  • Every day, we are cleaning and disinfecting our vehicles by using an amply based water and bleach (spray-based) solution while wearing protective gear. 
  • We have also reminded our employees to adhere to the CDC guidelines on COVID-19 to reduce transmission of germs and shared posters from the CDC website with them to print and post in our sites.

If any of our employees become affected by COVID-19, we have a process in place and will notify any customers affected.

When it comes to the safety and well-being of our team members and passengers, we will work tirelessly to ensure that we are doing everything we can to manage this current situation. 

Safety Is a Choice We Make

Thursday, January 30th, 2020

2020 is here and we are continuing to make safety our priority! This month’s safety meeting was focused on reviewing some important topics from the end of 2019 and discussing student/passenger safety inside and outside of the bus along with some critical parts of pre-trip inspections. The overall theme of the meeting was staying focused and minimizing distractions of any kind.

The agenda started with a discussion about vehicle preparations in winter weather and how extra time is needed to prepare for the day’s driving. It is imperative that snow and ice are removed from the vehicle – especially windshields and windows – before departure. Any sort of debris can cause impaired vision and distractions will driving.

When on the road, it is important for drivers to be aware of their environment. Even in situations where there is seemingly no risk of danger, drivers must be on the lookout and always anticipate something happening. Most situations, when reviewed, have an identifiable “critical decision point” that was made, and if the choice was different, a different outcome would have been achieved.

Another important topic covered was student safety management. This encompasses the safety of the students prior to getting on the bus, when they are on the bus, and when they exit the bus to go to school or home. Drivers are trained to watch where the students are walking at all times, and if they can’t see the students, to not move the bus. They are instructed to clear their dangers zones, make eye contact with students as they cross in front of the bus, and to watch for oncoming traffic that may put the students in harms way.

Part of keeping students safe includes doing child/passenger checks. Child/passenger checks are to be done by both the driver and the assistant after the end of each route and again at the bus yard. This procedure prevents students/passengers from being left unattended. We are committed to ensuring all of our passengers are kept safe on a daily basis. At our January meeting, a child/passenger check quiz was distributed to test and review employees’ knowledge on this procedure.

Some of our Wyandotte safety pin recipients

At the end of the meeting, employees who have had no preventable accidents or injuries for 1, 2, or 3 years received a safety pin. By eliminating distractions, it’s possible to achieve zero fatalities, zero unattended children, zero preventable accidents, and zero preventable injuries. Our employees are committed to putting safety first and making the roads safer for our communities. We commend all of our employees for everything they do to keep our passengers safe!

Let’s Talk Turkey!

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019
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Thanksgiving is a time of reflection and gratefulness, where we show appreciation for what we have and the people who enrich our lives. At Trinity Transportation, we are extremely grateful for our clients, our employees, and everyone who helps keep our company running. Without you, our business wouldn’t be possible.

Every year, as a small token of gratitude, Trinity Transportation gifts a turkey to each employee to use during the holidays. Over 1,000 turkeys were ordered for our wonderful employees in hopes to spread some happiness this holiday season. Our leadership team, including Chief Operating Officer Jeff Carnicom, traveled to all ten of Trinity’s terminals to hand-deliver the turkeys, which was the perfect way to start the Thanksgiving break.

At Trinity Transportation, we love celebrating the holidays and sharing the joy of the season with everyone! For more pictures of this week’s events, please visit our Facebook page.


It’s HalloWeekends Time!

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

September is under way, which means HalloWeekends is here! We are heading to Cedar Point this month and next on our Cedar Point Line Run for their Halloween celebration. Every Saturday, you can join us for a day filled with fun and frights at the Midwest’s top amusement park! You will be able to enjoy all of your favorite rides in addition to Halloween-themed events, performances, mazes, and haunted houses.

Worried about the fright factor? HalloWeekends doesn’t have to be scary! During the day, Cedar Point has The Great Pumpkin Fest, which features family-appropriate fall activities. Included are arts and crafts, trick-or-treating with Peanuts characters, The Great Pumpkin Parade, themed games, and indoor mazes (without monsters, of course). New for 2019 is the maze Hexed Spellbound: In the Dark, where attendees can use a blacklight to explore the witches’ lair to see what secrets lie around each corner.

Looking to be properly spooked? Haunt at HalloWeekends takes place every evening with haunted mazes, outdoor scare zones, spooky live shows, and sinister haunted attractions. One of the new attractions this year is Cornstalkers 2.0: Revenge of the Pumpkin Heads, which is a horrifying corn maze complete with deranged pumpkin heads, farmers, animals, and living corn stalks ready to scare you into never coming back again! Prepare to be terrified as you face your fears!

Whether you attend for the fun or the fright, our Cedar Point Line Run is the perfect option for taking you to HalloWeekends. Relax in our luxury motor coach buses with either music or movies to entertain and enjoy your hassle-free trip to the park! Reserve your spot on our Cedar Point Line Run today for a Saturday filled with Halloween thrills!

Please note: Guests are not permitted to wear masks, makeup or costumes while inside the park, with the exception of children who are participating in the Kids’ Costume Contest.

Trinity Transportation Provides Shuttles for 2019 Maccabi Games

Friday, August 16th, 2019

The 2019 JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest took place in Detroit from August 4th through 9th and Trinity Transportation was the shuttle provider for athletes, their families, coaches, and spectators. The Maccabi Games are an Olympic-style sporting competition for ages 12–16 and are held each summer in North America. The Games are the second largest organized sports program for Jewish teenagers in the world. Over 1,600 teens participated in the Detroit JCC Maccabi Games this year, competing in sports such as baseball, ice hockey, volleyball, dance, and swimming. The athletes compete in their specific sport throughout the week.

Trinity had a total of 70 drivers working the event from all of our locations. Our drivers worked together to transport participants to and from the airport, hotels, and temples, and from game to game. In addition to these shuttles, 40 of our buses transported 1,300 kids from the JCC to the Majestic Theatre in Detroit for a celebration at the beginning of the week where the kids were able to mingle, dance, and eat.

Trinity Transportation Charter Manager Scott Wallace was one of the supervisors for our shuttle services and said the event went smoothly. He stated, “Our drivers did very well! Everything went smoothly the rest of the week, and we were successful in transporting 40 buses from West Bloomfield to Downtown Detroit for the event at the Majestic Theatre.”

Bob Canvassar, Maccabi Games transportation coordinator, complimented one of our drivers for the great job she did. He said, “Your driver, Jeri, ensured that no one was left behind by returning to the pick-up location. Very nice of her to do that!”

Overall, the 2019 JCC Maccabi Games in Detroit were a success and we are proud to have been their transportation partner for the second time!

Trinity Transportation Provides Shuttle for Faster Horses Festival

Monday, July 29th, 2019

For the 7th year in a row, Faster Horses has taken over the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan, to put on their three-day country music festival. Camping, dancing, and singing are the three main staples of this music-filled weekend! This year, more than 40,000 people attended and enjoyed a star-studded lineup.

Keith Urban headlined the festival on Friday, Toby Keith on Saturday, and Zac Brown Band on Sunday. In their company were Maren Morris, Brett Young, LANCO, Old Dominion, Brothers Osborne, Dylan Scott, Cassadee Pope, and more. There were some weather delays on Saturday, but once cleared, the fun continued!

We are proud to have partnered with Faster Horses for our third year as the on-site shuttle provider for daily transportation to and from the campgrounds and the festival. Our drivers and shuttle routes were supervised by Traci Zimmers, the operations manager at Trinity’s Detroit East terminal, who stated, “The three-day Faster Horses event was another success this year! Despite on-the-fly route changes and transporting thousands of passengers, our drivers did an excellent job and put their best foot forward. We were delighted to be a part of the festival again and look forward to continuing this partnership.” Each year, our drivers enjoy meeting new riders and ensuring everyone gets to their destination safely!

Press Release: Trinity Transportation Enters Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Sector

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

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Trinity Transportation Enters Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Sector

The new service will provide access to transportation for individuals who need transference for medical needs

WYANDOTTE, Michigan, July 9th, 2019 — Trinity Transportation today announced the addition of Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT), a new transportation service for the Southeast Michigan community. NEMT is a service provided to individuals who need transportation to and from medical appointments, the pharmacy, the hospital, or urgent care. The trips are non-emergency in nature and individuals may require NEMT for a variety of reasons, including lack of a vehicle; inability to take traditional transportation for mental, physical, or developmental reasons; or they do not possess a valid driver’s license. This service exists to ensure all individuals have access to proper medical care and is especially important for those with chronic conditions.

“The entry into the Non-Emergency Medical Transportation service sector is part of Trinity Transportation’s aggressive 5-year growth plan. This expanding market is an opportunity to provide reliable and cost effective service to another under served sector of our communities”,  says Jeff Carnicom, Chief Operating Officer at Trinity Transportation. “We are excited to enter this business with a dedicated fleet of ADA sedans, vans, and SUVs ready for dispatch. We have prepared by investing in our fleet, training, and credentialing of our customer-centric teams.”

A variety of modes of transportation are covered by NEMT, including sedan and wheelchair accessible vans, in order to accommodate customers’ needs. By giving patients suitable access to transportation, NEMT contributes to an overall increase in improved health outcomes. Trinity Transportation is the provider with the cleanest, most reliable, amenity rich vehicles operated by the safest and most customer friendly drivers on the road.

Trinity Transportation’s Non-Emergency Medical Transportation service is already available for booking. For more information on NEMT, please contact our reservations team at 734.284.9229 or reservations@trinitytransportation.com.

About Trinity Transportation: Trinity Transportation has been providing efficient, reliable, and safe transportation to the Southeast Michigan community for over 35 years with a fleet of over 600 vehicles and 10 locations. Services provided include long-distance motor coach trips, wedding transportation, field trips, airport shuttle, casino trips, daily school transportation, and more. Trinity is committed to the communities they serve and seeks to generate economic, social, and environmental value. Trinity Transportation is the provider with the cleanest, most reliable, amenity-rich buses operated by the safest and most customer-friendly drivers on the road!

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New Year, New Motor Coaches

Friday, March 8th, 2019

We’re excited to announce that we have welcomed four brand new 2019 MCI motor coaches into our fleet! The advanced J4500 has various enhancements to reliability and functionality, including a steerable tag axle, which ads extra maneuverability and extraordinary, wide-ride suspension. Complete with many new and updated features, these motor coaches are equipped to make your next trip the best yet!

Some of the new features include:

  • LED indirect ceiling and stepwell panel lighting, LED spotlights in ceiling with blue night light function
  • Best-in-class interior passenger space with comfortable seating
  • Larger driver side rear transom window with over 500% more viewing area
  • Stationary Vehicle Braking system that uses camera recognition software to detect vehicles in close range to the front of the bus and applies braking as a precaution
  • Traffic Sign Recognition identifies common road signs, such as speed limit signs, and issues a warning on the instrument panel
  • Larger, reconfigured lavatory with vandal resistant features
  • New seats with improved passenger space, separate headrest, and integral 3-point seatbelts
  • Improved Wi-Fi system options
  • Six new TV monitors with optimal display settings
  • Enhanced suspension for a smoother ride

The new motor coaches are already on the road, ready to take you on your next adventure! To request a quote or view more information about our motor coach buses, please visit our motor coach page.

Trinity Transportation Supports Local Blessings in a Backpack

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

Blessings in a Backpack is a community-based program that is designed to help meet the weekend nutritional needs of children and families. Each week, meals are provided to “at-risk” students, which are students participating in the government subsidized free or reduced fee hot lunch program. The goal of the Blessings in a Backpack program is to keep these students from going hungry on the weekends and remove the barriers to academic success.

Since its inception in 2012, Trinity Transportation has been providing the busing for Blessings in a Backpack Wyandotte. Every week, 3,000 meals are put together by the students at JoBrighton Skills Center and The Lincoln Center. The food items are delivered by Meijer to JoBrighton and Lincoln. Upon delivery, the students unload the truck, shelve the items, and take inventory. After the items are sorted, the students put together six meals each for 500 students, which equals out to 3 meals per day for the weekend. Once the meals are put together and sorted into bins by school, our buses deliver the bins full of meals to their respective schools.

Every Friday, one of our buses picks up students from JoBrighton and The Lincoln Center and brings them to each school in the Wyandotte School District to deliver the meals. Once the students arrive at the school, they distribute the meals by locker number, hanging the meal bags in the locker of the appropriate student. Once all meals are delivered, the students return to the bus with the meal bins.

We’re proud to be a part of this positive program and assist in nourishing the students in our Wyandotte community. To learn more about Blessings in a Backpack and how you can contribute to the program, please visit http://www.blessingsinabackpackmi.org/.

Trinity Welcomes New Team Members

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

A new year means new team members! We are excited to announce several key personnel additions to our Trinity Transportation leadership team: Chief Operating Officer Jeff Carnicom, Chief Financial Officer Matt White, Regional General Manager Michael Boettcher, Regional Human Resources Manager Athia Johnson-Bowles, Area General Manager (Detroit Region) Sheldon Stewart, and the promotion of Don Holifield to Saginaw General Manager.

Jeff Carnicom brings over 25+ years in transportation, security, logistics, and supply chain management, working with Fortune 500 companies as well as providing services to small to mid-size retailers and financial institutions. Before joining Trinity Transportation, Jeff served as Chief Operating Officer for The Armored Group, an international manufacturer of specialty protection vehicles. Prior to that, he was President of the Midwest Region with Loomis, a Securitas company. Jeff started his career with Wells Fargo in Columbus, Ohio, where he attended Franklin University, majoring in finance. He also served 12 years in the United States Army National Guard as an engineer and instructor at the Ohio Military Academy.

 

Matt White was hired into Trinity in October 2018. He has extensive finance experience working for a number of large companies including Disney, Oracle, Ford, Best Buy, Lands’ End, Amway, and most recently Domino’s Pizza. Most recently, Matt served as an internal consultant for International Master Franchisees located in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa where he aided in turnaround situations, growth strategy development, strategy assessment, as well as mergers and acquisitions. Matt earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from the University of Denver and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Darden Graduate School of Business located at the University of Virginia.

 

Michael Boettcher started his career in 2015 as a general manager overseeing the Aurora terminal of our parent company, National Express. In his time at the Aurora CSC, he managed over 120 routes, 140 buses, and 275 employees. He has extensive experience improving driver safety, increasing profitability, and providing satisfactory customer service to all of our clients. As the Regional General Manager of Trinity Transportation, Michael will supervise all 10 of our General Managers and their CSCs and assist with the daily operations of all of the locations within Trinity.

 

 

Athia Johnson-Bowles brings over 10 years of human resources experience working for Fortune 500 companies such as McDonald’s Corporation, Quicken Loans, and most recently Rite Aid Corporation. She has joined Trinity Transportation to oversee all employee-related functions as it pertains to safety, compliance, engagement, and recruiting. Athia has the ability to build strong relationships with key stakeholders and influence decisions to impact business results.

 

 

 

Sheldon Stewart brings over 20 years of management experience to Trinity Transportation. He has been with National Express for over 6 years, most recently at the school bus operations in New York City and Toronto, Canada, where he served as Area General Manager. During his time as the Area General Manager in New York, Sheldon oversaw 175 routes, 200 drivers and 220 buses. He has extensive knowledge in meeting safety and compliance needs across the board. Sheldon is dedicated to ensuring that all of his employees follow the proper safety precautions as well as stay up to date with compliance needs. At Trinity, Sheldon currently oversees our Detroit East and Detroit West locations.

 

Don Holifield has over 25 years of experience working in the transportation industry.  He joined Trinity in 2013 and worked in many of our locations including Detroit East and Fraser. Don has recently been promoted to General Manager overseeing our Saginaw location.

 

 

 

 

 

Please join us in welcoming all of the newest team members to Trinity Transportation. We look forward to a successful 2019 and beyond!

Stay Alert – Stay Safe

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Throughout the course of 2018, we’ve held safety meetings every month to educate our employees and review important safety material. In November, we focused on driving conditions and how to be a proactive and defensive driver. The safety message for our meetings was “Look farther up the road. Stay focused on your driving. Think ahead and be ready.”  To go along with the November safety message, we started off the meetings by reviewing LLLC Defensive Driving:

Look ahead

Look around

Leave room

Communicate

We advise our drivers to look 15 seconds ahead at all times (equals out to one city block), focus on what is happening up ahead, identify hazards early, slow down, and avoid panic stops. By practicing these habits, it gives drivers extra time to avoid accidents. Drivers should be changing their focus every two to three seconds, making them aware of their surroundings so they can anticipate problems, react timely, and remain alert. Leaving room and maintaining a cushion of space all around the vehicle gives drivers extra time to avoid collisions. The easiest place to leave room is in front of the vehicle. Drivers communicate by making sure other drivers and pedestrians know where they are, use signals and horn to communicate intentions, and make eye contact.

Changing seasons leads to changing driving conditions. It’s important to be aware of hazardous driving environments, watch for changing road conditions, and to drive to match the conditions of the road. Be aware of roadways with soft shoulders and stay in the lane at all times. With winter approaching, the precipitation and weather can cause adverse driving conditions. Slowing down is important when the roads could be slick and if visibility is low. Defensive driving comes into play when the weather changes the conditions of the road – look ahead, look around, leave room, and communicate.

The meetings ended with local CSC updates from general managers and maintenance, then company updates. November’s safety meetings provided vital information that will help our drivers keep our roads and communities safe this winter. At Trinity, we strive to practice safe and defensive driving every time we are out on the road!

Holiday Happenings + Premier Transportation

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

The holidays are here and there are plenty of celebrations going on in Metro Detroit. From Broadway shows to games to a night on the town, there is something for everyone! No matter what type of trip you are making, we are prepared to provide your holiday transportation.

If you’re heading downtown to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Aladdin, Paw Patrol Live, Detroit sports teams, or any of the other awesome concerts and shows taking place, our party bus and mini coach are the perfect transportation option for you. Complete with ambient lighting, surround sound system with aux port and CD player, on-board restroom, and more, our party bus seats up to 28 and is great for those who want to add a little extra fun to their trip! Our mini coach seats up to 35 and is equipped with luxury leather seating, DVD/CD player with monitors, power outlets, on-board restroom, and Wi-Fi, making it the preferred selection for those wanting that executive feel. Did we mention the U.S. Figure Skating Championships are coming back to Detroit for the first time in 25 years? Make it a big event and invite all of your friends to ride in our party bus or mini coach for some figure skating fun!

Going to see a Broadway show, game, or concert and have a larger group? Our school bus is a great choice. With room for up to 48 passengers, our school bus is spacious and provides safe, accessible transportation. You can even use it for a night on the town, local events, or weddings!

For long-distance trips (Frankenmuth, anyone?), our motor coach is an excellent fit. As our largest vehicle, it seats up to 56 passengers and is equipped with CD/DVD players, digital monitors, power outlets, Wi-Fi, overhead and underneath storage, and a restroom on board.

Whether you’re staying local or going long-distance, our fleet can fulfill all of your transportation needs. So, let’s go on an adventure and celebrate the holidays!

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