River Rouge Hosts Coat Drive for Kids in Need, Trinity Transportation Gets Involved

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River Rouge Hosts Coat Drive for Kids in Need, Trinity Transportation Gets Involved

Friday, December 18th, 2015

‘Tis the season for giving. Especially at River Rouge High School.

Tarence Wheeler, River Rouge Public School’s Director of Community Outreach and Parent Engagement, explained how important it is for schools to break down any barriers that students might have that would prevent them from getting an education. This is why the coat drive at River Rouge high school began.

Starting on December 14th and running until February 22nd, 2016, River Rouge high school is accepting new or gently used coats to be donated to kids in need. Students that are in need of coats are able to come to the high school and pick up a jacket if they don’t have one. Mr. Wheeler explained that while the coats are housed at River Rouge high school, the child does not need to belong to the school district to obtain a coat.

“The goal is to provide over 500 coats for our young people, in particular K-5,” said Wheeler. “Our goal at River Rouge School District is to provide ethical care and supplemental services to our children and families.”

Mr. Wheeler reached out to multiple different organizations to get them to donate coats for the cause, and Trinity Transportation was one of those companies. Trinity donated 50 brand new coats of all different sizes for the coat drive.

David Holls, Trinity Transportation’s IMG_7085Regional Operations Manager, mentioned how Trinity Transportation has been a provider for River Rouge schools for decades and how important it is to help provide services for students even after they step off the school bus. “The safety of our passengers has always been our top priority,” said Holls. “Part of that safety is ensuring that all of our students have the proper care when they are out in these cold winter months.”

If you are interested in donating a coat to this program, please call 313-205-9826 or visit 1460 Coolidge Hwy, River Rouge. You can find out more about this event at WCHB News.

"Shop with a Cop" Annual Event, Trinity Transportation Donates School Bus

Friday, December 11th, 2015

“Shop with a Cop”

December 9th was the Annual “Shop with a Cop” event put on by Grosse Pointe Farms Police Department. This is the 5th year this event has been held and Grosse Pointe Farms Public Safety Officer Veronica Cashion was excited to see it return.

“Shop with a Cop” normally consists of the Police Officers in Grosse Pointe Farms and a couple of surrounding cities taking 25-50 special needs children Christmas shopping at a local Target. The day usually includes a lunch with the children and officers as well.

The students that participated this year were from Ferry Elementary in Grosse Pointe Farms. This year, rather than shopping, the children were invited to Grosse Pointe Farms Pier Park to do arts and crafts with the police officers, then got to meet Santa where they were each given gifts.

Trinity Transportation donated the school bus transportation for this event. Not only did the children get to ride from their school to the venue where the event took place, but they received a police escort on the way. Two Trinity Transportation drivers that normally service these children on a daily basis were able to show up and celebrate the holiday with them. Take a look at the event below!

Trinity Transportation Continues Expansion into Detroit, Provides Shuttle Service for the Detroit Medical Center and Wayne State University

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Trinity Transportation is proud to announce that as of January 2016, they will be the new transportation provider for the shuttle services offered at the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and Wayne State University. They will be providing roughly 9 mid sized mini coaches that will operate Monday thru Friday available to both Wayne State students and faculty and DMC workers (over 40,000 people combined).

Detroit Medical Center Hospital

This new partnership between the DMC/Wayne State University and Trinity Transportation comes just months after Trinity acquired the majority of school routes for Detroit Public Schools. Trinity currently has two bus terminals in the city of Detroit where they manage around 100 school routes for DPS.

“We are very excited to add DMC to our list of partnerships,” said Austin Arksey, Trinity Transportation’s Chief Operating Officer. Trinity already has prior experience transporting Wayne State University’s athletic teams. “We’re also very excited to branch out into the city of Detroit and be a part of its resurgence.”

Arksey also says that the company plans on purchasing more buses to add to their fleet for this acquisition.

Trinity runs the shuttle service for many other universities throughout the southeast Michigan area and has been working diligently to ensure the transition between the current shuttle provider for DMC/WSU and them goes smoothly. 

Every Trinity Transportation Employee to Receive a Turkey for Thanksgiving, Participates in “13 Days of Thanksgiving”

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

For those who are unfamiliar with Trinity, we love the holidays!

This time of year is especially great because with most schools on holiday break, our drivers are given some time off to spend with their families. And with 2015 being a very busy year for Trinity, many will greatly appreciate this time that they have to wind down with the ones that they love.

Photo by Craig Adderley from Pexels

Trinity Transportation’s Sales Director, Natalie Lozon, says that it’s great to enjoy time off with her family. “During the year, it seems like everyone is always so busy with work, school, and athletics,” she said. “Holiday’s are great because we get to take a break from all of that and enjoy each other’s company.”

At Trinity, we try to make the holiday time as fun and exciting as we can leading up to the end of the year.

Tracy Akers (Vice President), Jerry Sheppard (Owner and President), and School Bus Driver

Turkey Distribution For Trinity Employees

Each year, Trinity’s President and Owner Jerry Sheppard travels to each terminal during the Thanksgiving season and distributes a turkey to each and every employee at Trinity Transportation. Trinity currently employs almost 800 people, including drivers, mechanics, and office staff. Mr. Sheppard is a firm believer that each employee should not go without a Turkey on Thanksgiving. He plans on traveling to each of the 8 Trinity Transportation terminals between November 23rd and November 24th to meet with employees before they enjoy the holiday weekend.

Trinity Transportation’s “13 Days of Thanksgiving”

To get employees excited for Thanksgiving and Trinity’s turkey giveaway, we will be having “13 Days of Thanksgiving” that will consist of employees telling us what Thanksgiving means to them. Starting this Friday, we will post a different image each day with a Trinity employee holding up what they consider to be some of the things they are thankful for. Keep an eye out for some pictures of your peers!


Trinity Makes Donations to American Cancer Society, Decals Prius in Pink Ribbons for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Monday, October 19th, 2015
Trinity Pink Out

Trinity Celebrity and 28 year Breast Cancer Survivor “Miss Bobbie”

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and this past Friday, Trinity Transportation dubbed it “Breast Cancer Awareness Friday”! Trinity Transportation organized a Pink Out across all of their terminals and the turnout was amazing.

Aside from wearing pink, one of terminals located on the west side of Detroit took it a step further and held a bake sale to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Over the course of the month, they set a goal of $10,000 and are very close to reaching it.


Trinity Pink Out

President and Owner Jerry Sheppard and Fundraising Organizer and Trinity Employee Sharon Webb

When Trinity Transportation’s President and Owner, Jerry Sheppard, found out about this, he felt that he needed to jump in and help. He ended up donating $1,000 to the American Cancer Society on behalf of the company to help the Crusader’s for Life team reach their goal.





Now of course, website 2Trinity was too creative to stop there. Mr. Sheppard went a step further and had one of the company’s Prius cars painted in pink with pink ribbons on each of the vehicle’s sides. Trinity has done this in the past and thought it would be not only fun but a great way to show its support for this cause.


Several employees from the different Trinity terminals sent in group pictures of themselves sporting their pink attire. Take a look below! #TeamTrinity

Trinity Transportation Cedar Point HalloWeekends Trip is a Hit!

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Most people think that because summer has officially ended, Cedar Point trips are no longer a thing. But this could not be farther from the truth.

In 1997, Cedar Point introduced “HalloWeekends” which takes place from mid-September all the way until the last weekend before Halloween. Since then, HalloWeekends has exploded and become a huge hit for avid roller coaster enthusiasts.

But HalloWeekends isn’t just roller coaster rides. In addition to all of the roller coasters are over 10 adult attractions (haunted houses and scare zones) and numerous children’s activities throughout the day (including a costume contest!). One of the benefits is that the park is open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

This is the 3rd year that Trinity Transportation has ran its charter bus to Cedar Point. With Trinity’s package, you get a bus ride on one of Trinity’s deluxe motor coach buses (WiFi, power outlets, A/C, and DVD monitors included) to and from Cedar Point for the entire day and your ticket into the park for only $79. What a steal! Who wouldn’t want the convenience of not having to drive almost 2-3 hours? Whether you want to go down by yourself or take your group of 20, we have you covered!


If you are interested in purchasing a HalloWeekends ticket, please visit our HalloWeekends page where you can pick your date, pick-up location, and make your payment. Please give us a call at 888-995-8565 if you have any questions.



Step Aside Halloween, I’m Planning My Fall Wedding

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Photo by Maatla Kebs from Pexels

Living in a state with four seasons, most Michiganders have come to appreciate each season and what they bring along with them (Well…maybe ¾ seasons).

When people visualize the perfect wedding, they normally think of something outdoors in a garden, preferably when the weather is warm. Even though statistics do show that summer months are the most popular for weddings, the fall months come in a close second.

While fall might be a bit colder than the spring/summer months, there are several reasons why people choose this time for marriage:

  1. Fun themes: No one can deny that autumn is the perfect time for people to get very creative with wedding themes. All you have to do is walk into a farmer’s market and there will be enough pumpkins and corn stalks to decorate the venue for your wedding reception. Make it a fun event for your wedding party to get together and style your reception.
  2. Beautiful scenery: Autumn is hands down one of the most beautiful times of the year. Although the sun hides behind the clouds a little more, the color changing leaves are there to keep things alive and bright! This is a great opportunity for romantic and fun wedding photographs. Be sure to choose a photographer that is not only skilled at taking pictures, but is creative and thinks outside the box.
  3. Seasonal food: One of the best things about a wedding according to your guests will be the food. Having it in the fall will give you the opportunity to not only offer great options, but to have food that will get people excited about this time of year! Caramel apples, butternut squash soup, or even a Thanksgiving styled-dinner would go over great with your guests.

Fall weddings are becoming more and more common. Our Wedding Specialist that books most of the wedding transportation at Trinity has said that this is the first year that we are quickly selling out of vehicles on the weekend, primarily due to weddings.

If you are interested in seeing some of the options that we have to offer to transport your wedding party, give us a call today at 877.284.4200!

Sources: The Knot, WeddingBee

I Would Love to Be a School Bus Driver but I’m Not Sure Where to Start

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Becoming a School Bus Driver sounds like hard work

This is something we hear too often from people when in fact becoming a school bus driver is not very difficult at all!

When hiring a school bus driver, our recruiter usually separates candidates into two categories: candidates with their CDL and candidates that doDSC05259 (2)n’t have their CDL.

CDL (stands for “Commercial Driver’s License”) is a driver’s license required in the United States to operate any type of vehicle. weighing 26,001 pounds, or 10,001 pounds with any type of trailer towed.

For candidates that have their CDL

They must have the following endorsements to be a school bus driver:

  • P – Passenger: For vehicles which are designed to carry 16 or more people (including the driver).
  • S – School Bus: For commercial motor vehicles used to transport pre-primary, primary, or secondary school students from home to school, school to home, or to and from school-sponsored events.

For candidates that don’t have their CDL

Candidates that do not have a CDL must obtain a CDL Temporary Instruction Permit (TIP) from Secretary of State. To get your TIP, you must pass a vision and skills test. A TIP is needed to train on the road (under the supervision of a driver with their CDL) to obtain your actual CDL.

Any branch of Secretary of State has the necessary information to pass the TIP test or to receive the endorsements on your CDL.

We help at Trinity Transportation!

Trinity Transportation offers training for both TIP and non-TIP holders. If you are starting fresh, Trinity holds monthly classes that consist of 3 days training to help potential drivers obtain their TIP.

Once you pass the test and obtain the CDL TIP, you are able to train on the road! If hired, Trinity pays you while you train to obtain your regular CDL.

If you have any more questions about the process or are interested in getting started, give us a call at 313-295-5685 or apply at: trinitytransportation.com/careers!


Operation Safety: Making Sure We Understand Who We Share the Roads With

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

As school time is quickly approaching, we need to be mindful of how some of our daily routines will be altered, whether or not we have children that attend school or not.

One important topic that needs to be addressed prior to school starting is the increased amount of School Buses that will be on the roads while you are commuting to and from your destinations in the morning and afternoon. When it comes to School Bus and children’s safety, do you know the steps to ensure children are not in danger while you are driving?

Here a few reminders when you see a School Bus on the road and children loading and unloading:

  • Never pass a bus from behind – or from either direction if you’re on an undivided road – if it is stopped to load or unload children
  • If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop
  • The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus
  • Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks

Remember, it is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.

Everyone have a safe and exciting time returning back to school!

*Information provided by the National Safety Council.

Trinity Transportation Hosts 2 Day Back to School Meeting

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Chief Financial Officer Robert Bishop

Each year, Trinity Transportation has a “Back to School” meeting for all School Bus Drivers and Aides to get ready for the upcoming school year. Due to the expansion of the company,
Trinity hosted the meeting on 2 separate days so that they could accommodate all eligible employees. The meetings were held at Crystal Gardens in Southgate on August 13th and 14th.

The meeting started out with President and Owner Jerry Sheppard giving a rousing speech about how Trinity first began and how far it’s come over the last couple of decades. There were a lot of new drivers in the audience so Mr. Sheppard took the opportunity to explain how close knit of a company he wants Trinity to be.

The meeting continued with several of the executives giving speeches on customer service, important job policies for school bus drivers, and motivational characters who started in the city of Detroit. At the end of both days, employees got to play “Spin the Wheel”, where Trinity ended up raffling off over $1,000!



About 400 Trinity employees attended this event and it was a great opportunity for newly hired employees to get a taste of Trinity.

For more pictures of the event, please visit our Facebook Page!

Trinity Transportation Announces New Leadership Roles Within the Company

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Trinity Transportation is happy to announce multiple transitions with their leadership staff due to the growth that they’ve experienced over the summer time.


Tracy Akers

Tracy Akers
Vice President

Tracy Akers will be transitioning from a General Manager role to Trinity’s Vice President. Mr. Akers has been with the company for over 30 years and has played an important part in the growth and expansion of Trinity. In his new role as VP, he will be responsible for overseeing the maintenance of our vehicles and facilities as well as safety programs and training.







Austin Arksey
Chief Operating Officer

Austin Arksey, current Sales Director, will now be in a more operations based role as Trinity’s new Chief Operating Officer. Arksey has been with Trinity for 5 years and has rapidly moved through the ranks within the company. As Sales Director, he has forged strong relationships between Trinity and it’s customers and has also helped streamline new processes for the sales team. In this newly created position, Austin will have responsibility over the sales and service of the school bus, motor coach and sedan divisions.







David Holls
Regional Operations Manager

David Holls has been promoted to Regional Manager of School Bus Operations, another new role created over the summer due to the expansion of the company. David has held many roles within Trinity, ranging from Bus Driver and Dispatcher to Terminal Manager of our east side locations. Because of his abilities to manage multiple locations, he has been chosen to oversee all of the school bus terminals for the company throughout Michigan and Ohio.

4 Day Recruiting Fair from July 20-23, hiring drivers for Detroit Public Schools!

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Recruiting EventTrinity Transportation is hosting a 4 day Recruiting Fair from July 20-23rd at their Dearborn Heights location (26500 Van Born, Dearborn Heights, MI 48125). The event will be held each day from 9 A.M. – 4 P.M.

Adina Allen, Trinity’s Human Resources Manager says the event is going to be casual and is meant to give prospective employees an idea of what Trinity is like. “We are hosting an recruiting fair to introduce people to our company,” said Allen. “But we will also be looking to do onsite interviews for qualified candidates at this event.” There will be food, giveaways, and a lot of opportunities for interested job candidates.

What positions are they hiring for?

  • School Bus Drivers
  • Motor Coach Drivers
  • Mechanics
  • Dispatchers/Dispatch Supervisors

If you are interested in applying before the Recruiting Fair, give us a call at 313-295-6242 or apply online at trinitytransportation.com/careers.

Over the next month, Trinity Transportation is looking to hire over 150 school bus drivers to bring on board for Detroit Public Schools starting in Fall 2015. Trinity is interested in hiring the current school bus drivers that presently service DPS along with any other qualified school bus drivers that would like to apply.


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