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Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

The school year has started, which means children and school buses are on the road every morning and afternoon…so it’s time to talk about back to school safety! School buses are one of the safest transportation vehicles, but there are hazards to be aware of when kids are getting on and off of the bus, and while walking to the bus stop.

If you are driving:

  • Do not double park – it blocks the field of vision for children and other vehicles
  • Don’t pick up or drop off children across the street from their school
  • Carpool if you can to decrease the number of automobiles at the school
  • Don’t block the crosswalk! This could put pedestrians in the path of moving vehicles
  • Never go around a vehicle that is stopped for pedestrians
  • Use extra caution when driving in school zones, in residential areas, and by playgrounds/parks – children may be nearby
  • Take an extra look when backing out – children could be walking or bicycling by
  • Be aware of school bus signals. Yellow flashing lights mean the bus is coming to a stop to drop off or pick up children. All vehicles must slow down and come to a stop. Red flashing lights and an extended stop sign mean the bus is stopped and the children are getting onto the bus or off of it. Drivers must also stop and remain at least ten feet away, not starting up again until the bus’s red flashing lights are off, the stop sign has been returned, and the bus starts moving
  • If there is a bicyclist driving on the side of the road, pass slowly and remain at least three feet away from the bicyclist
  • If a bicyclist is approaching while you are turning right, brake and let them go through first – and always use your turn signal
  • Keep an eye out for bicyclists riding/turning in front of you without looking or signaling

If you are a pedestrian:

  • Be early – aim to be at your bus stop at least five minutes before the scheduled arrival of the bus
  • Stand a safe distance away from the street (six or more feet) while waiting and when the bus arrives
  • Do not move towards the bus until the bus driver opens the door and signals to proceed onto the bus
  • Be visible at all times! If you must cross the street in front of the bus, walk up the street 10 feet or so before crossing, and make sure the bus driver sees you. Never walk behind the bus.
  • If you drop something by the bus, inform your bus driver. Do not try to pick it up as you may not be in your driver’s line of sight

Safety is extremely important. If we all take the necessary precautions, it will be a safe school year for everyone! Happy back to school!

HalloWeekends: Pumpkins, Ghosts, & Thrills!

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

October is approaching, which means it’s time for HalloWeekends! The “fun by day; fright by night” festivities begin Saturday, September 16th. All of your favorite Cedar Point rides will be open in addition to Halloween-themed performances, events, mazes, and haunted houses. And the best part? Trinity Transportation can take you every Saturday for just $79!

If you’re looking for the less terrifying aspect of HalloWeekends, enjoy The Great Pumpkin Fest during daylight and have fun on your favorite rides. In addition to the regular Cedar Point attractions, there will be coffin races, fortune tellers, Linus’ Mummy Pit, Camp Spooky, the HalloWeekends Pumpkin Spectacular, Peppermint Patty’s Hay Bale Maze, and much more! Visit Hexed Spellbound, a house where the witches of Hexed have tempered their spells for a fun daytime haunt, and Magical House on Boo Hill, an attraction with cool surprises and an awesome treat for kids at the end! For a musical spin, check out Eternal Jamnation at the Red Garter Saloon, full of high-energy renditions of your favorite classic rock tunes. In Celebration Plaza, watch the Skeleton Crew in a cirque-style performance.

Those prepared for a fright are best to stay into the evening and nighttime. With haunted houses, mazes, and more, you’re in for a thrill! Blood on the Bayou, CornStalkers, Cut Throat Coave, Harvest Fear, Maniacal Mechanical Screamworks, and Tombstone Terror-tory are all walk-throughs that will give you a scare. Deprivation is bound to terrify you – drenched in darkness, you must find your way out of the maze. Slaughter House, Zombie High School, G.A.Boeckling’s Eerie Estate, and Hexed are all haunted houses sure to frighten!

Whether you attend for the fun or the fright, there are plenty of Halloween-themed places to eat. Night of the Living Fed, a buffet filled with some friends who have risen from the dead, and Boeckling’s Banquet, an upscale dining experience with eerie service, are sure to satisfy your stomach and your Halloween cravings.

HalloWeekends is a treat everyone needs to experience. For a fun Saturday filled with Halloween thrills, book your trip with Trinity Transportation today!

Trinity Transportation Supports River Rouge School District Operation Backpack Rally

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

For some families, getting ready to go back to school can be a stressful time. Between purchasing backpacks and school supplies to clothes and shoes, it can be hard to cover the costs. This is where Operation Backpack steps in. Operation Backpack provides backpacks filled with school supplies, toiletries, and water bottles to children in need so they can enter the school year prepared and ready to learn.

Trinity Transportation was proud to provide backpacks for the Operation Backpack Back to School Rally on Friday, August 25th, 2017, at River Rouge High School. The event was packed with families enjoying all of the fun activities on a nice summer day. There were three bounce houses with slides, free food and bottled water, school information (and information from various vendors), a slush machine, and much more. Paws from the Detroit Tigers even made an appearance! Home Depot handed out boats for the kids to build and aprons for them to wear (and write their names on!), and Metro PCS was taking individual photos and printing them off with a special frame for families to take home.

Tarence Wheeler, Operation Backpack organizer, said of the event: “Because of our great partnership with Trinity Transportation, we provided over 1,500 backpacks stuffed with school supplies & toiletries for students.  We know that student success is predicated on adult participation. Collectively we can alleviate all non-academic barriers.”

The River Rouge Operation Backpack rally was extremely successful and we are honored to have been a partner!

To see more pictures from the Back to School Rally, take a look at our Facebook page!

Trinity Transportation Prepares for 2017-2018 School Year

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

It’s back-to-school season, which means it’s time for Trinity Transportation’s annual Back to School meeting! Every year, Trinity hosts a meeting before the school year starts to review safety, protocol, and procedures with our school bus drivers and aides.

“Each year, Trinity brings together all school bus division employees from our 10 locations to have a combined back-to-school meeting in preparation of the new school year,” stated Regional Operations Manager, Dave Holls. “This meeting allows all of our employees to receive combined training, learn about changes to employee benefits and company improvements, and allow us time to acknowledge and celebrate our accomplishments and success.

Regional Operations Manager, Dave Holls, speaking to Trinity employees

“This year we had over 500 employees in attendance for our meeting – the most ever!  As Trinity continues to grow, and is now part of the National Express family of companies, we continue to be able to offer new and exciting benefits and tools for our employees.  Our back to school meeting allows us to review all of these new improvements and prepare our staff for the goals and objectives of the new school year.”

Kicking off the meeting was Trinity Transportation President, Jerry Sheppard, who gave a welcoming speech to the crowd. He addressed how successful Trinity has been, how fast we are growing, and the resources we’ll acquire upon finishing the merge with National Express.

The day continued with two National Express executives and several Trinity Transportation executives and managers speaking on important policies, safety, branding, customer service, employee appreciation, and marketing.

From Chief Operating Officer, Austin Arksey: “Our Back to School meeting this year was a great success with our biggest turnout to date. There was a lot of excitement amongst our school bus drivers and aides for the new school year! Between the merge with National Express and the growing of Trinity Transportation, we’re ready to utilize every resource to make this year one of the best.”

At the end of the day, employees had the chance to play “Spin the Wheel”, where over $600 in Visa gift cards were given away! Three employees had golden tickets under their chairs, which won them each an Apple Watch!

The Back to School meeting was an ultimate success – a day filled with important information that also brought Trinity employees together. To see more pictures, check out our Facebook page!

If you’re interested in working at Trinity Transportation, please apply here!

End the Summer Right With Trinity & Cedar Point!

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Summer break is coming to a close and the school year is fast approaching, so get your friends and family members together for one last trip down to Cedar Point with Trinity Transportation! Take the trip in our luxurious motorcoaches, equipped with free wi-fi, large comfortable seats, power outlets, panoramic windows, and restrooms. Cedar Point has many new rides, food options, and shows to see before going back to school!

The ride formerly known as RipCord has been renamed Professor Delbert’s Frontier Fling – a sky high (15 stories to be exact) flying adventure that sends you soaring above the Frontier Trail at 65 mph. The Iron Dragon is now virtual! From now until September 4th, guests ages 13+ can wear a virtual reality headset while riding the rollercoaster for an awesome new experience.

Cedar Point has a mobile app that is back for its second season. Park-goers can join a “coaster alliance” and enter a friendly competition in “The Battle for Cedar Point”. Guests can also answer park trivia questions, scan targets to gain points for their alliance, and play unique mini-games while in line. Don’t worry about using up all of your data either – Cedar Point has free wi-fi!

In addition to the terrific new rides and app features, Cedar Point has added new dining options. If you’re hungry or thirsty, the park has you covered. Enjoy delicious shredded meat sandwiches and gourmet macaroni and cheese from Root’s (near the Scrambler), and head over to Melt Bar & Grilled (near Planet Snoopy) for interesting takes on the classic grilled cheese sandwich. Make sure to check out their sandwich exclusive to Cedar Point and their full-service bar. Famous Dave’s BBQ Shack is on the Frontier Trail, ready to fill your barbeque cravings with pulled pork sandwiches, brisket, ribs, and more. If you’re in search for pizza, make your way to Wagon Wheel Pizza in Frontier Town. Be prepared for mouth-watering hand-made pizza with traditional toppings of cheese, sausage, or pepperoni. And don’t forget your side of flavorsome breadsticks! If you tend to drink a lot of liquids throughout your time at the park, Cedar Point has a season pass drink plan that gives you the option of selecting a disposable cup or refillable drink bottle at the beverage stations for unlimited fountain drinks all summer long.

The new shows at Cedar Point are definitely worth watching! “Peanuts Perfect Day” is a fun celebration from beginning to end with music, dance, and all of your favorite Peanuts characters. Find it in Celebration Plaza – and don’t forget to stick around after the show to meet the Peanuts! “Lights, Camera, Action” is a musical journey that takes you through the greatest numbers from your favorite movies, from “Singing in the Rain” to “Hairspray”. The show “Luminosity” is back for its second year. Experience aerial artists, pyrotechnics, energetic dancers, live music, and more with this awesome celebration!

Book your tickets now to end your summer right with Trinity Transportation and Cedar Point!

Trinity Partners with Lakeview Public Schools for Their Annual Back to School Drive

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

It’s August, which means it’s back-to-school time! With summer coming to a close, it is the time to buy new supplies and to get in the spirit of learning.

In preparation of the school year, Trinity Transportation is proud to partner with Lakeview Public Schools to “Stuff the Bus”! We have been a part of this event for over five years, providing one of our school buses to be filled with donated school supplies. Donations of new backpacks, pencils, pens, crayons, notebooks, glue sticks, folders, rulers, etc., will be accepted from August 14th – 25th at 27575 Harper (Wheat Educational Campus). These items will be given to children at Lakeview Public Schools to assist with needed school supplies for the year.

For further information, please contact Lakeview Public Schools at (586) 445-4000, ext. 2501. Your donations are greatly appreciated!

Food, Crafts and Fun at the Ann Arbor Art Fair

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Hundreds of artists and visitors will be heading to Ann Arbor this week to take part in the Ann Arbor Art Fair. From July 20-23, the Ann Arbor Art Fair hosts several different fairs, all located in or near downtown Ann Arbor. There will be a variety of artists showing off and selling their art all weekend long. You can find everything from highly contemporary works to very traditional crafts including glass, painting, ceramics, photography, jewelry, fiber, wood and more! There will also be several food courts set up throughout the street fair serving delicious food and drinks.

Trinity will be providing a shuttle to the art fair from Huron High School. We will offer two different drop off points: Fletcher and Washington and South University at Forest. Parking is free at Huron High school and the round-trip ticket cost is $3 for adults and is free for children under five. Our shuttle will be available on Thursday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Trinity will also be providing a shuttle leaving from Pioneer High school on Sunday only from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. with $3 round trips and free rides for children under five.

Fun in the Sun at Trinity Transportation’s Annual Employee Picnic

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Trinity Transportation held their Annual Company Picnic on Saturday, June 17th 2017, at Lake Erie Metropark to show appreciation for their employees. It turned out to be a perfect day to enjoy delicious food, music, prizes and relax with some friendly faces.

Celebrating a company who has brought so many families together for over 35 years takes place every year in June. With terminals all across Southeast Michigan and one in Ohio, hundreds of employees and their families all come out for a picnic put on by management to show appreciation for all of their hard work. The day was filled with warm weather, waterslides and bounce houses for kids, ice-cream trucks, a DJ, delicious food and loads of prizes to win! There was no better way to celebrate the beginning of summer.

Prizes this year ranged from grills to bikes. Each employee received a raffle ticket as they checked in to the picnic. Anticipation arose as each raffle ticket was called off by Human Resources Director, Renee Thornton.

While the picnic was wrapping up at around 5:00 p.m., there was a lot of food left over. Trinity Transportation’s President, Jerry Sheppard, decided it would be great to have the food donated to those in need. Over 1,000 lbs. of food was donated to Feeding Detroit and Downriver Area, which is a community-based group who help the less fortunate and are “funded” 100% by donations. Those donations were able to feed over 94 people. Days later, the group picked up several boxes of cookies, chips and other snacks which were being donated as well.

To see all the fun Trinity employees had with their friends and family, check out the pictures on our Facebook.

Looking to join in on the fun next year? Trinity Transportation is always hiring.

Summer Getaways in Michigan

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

It’s officially summer! Time to break out the sun screen and take time off work to enjoy all the activities Michigan has to offer. Below we have listed some of our favorite locations in Michigan to enjoy the weather. Don’t forget about Trinity’s vast fleet of vehicles that can solve any of your transportation needs this summer!

Mackinac Island

Mackinac has a wide variety of things to do on the island. Biking is a popular past time with over 70 miles of natural and paved trails. Bicycles are available to rent in a wide array from single-speed, five-speed, ten-speed, tandems, etc… Visiting the Grand Hotel is something that I suggest everyone does on Mackinac Island. Built during the Victorian era, this enormous hotel is stunning and well groomed, hosting a variety of colorful plants and flowers.

Traverse City

One of Michigan’s most beautiful beach towns is Traverse City. Play along miles of sugar-sand beaches, visit the magnificent Sleeping Bear Dunes, sail on a Tall Ship, watch a parade, go to a drive-in movie, or eat cherry pie from the Cherry Capital of the World.

Camping

Michigan has a number of state and private campgrounds individuals can appreciate. Enjoy camping near sandy beaches, lighthouses and bays. Hop a ferry to Mackinac Island, a charming auto-free vacation escape. Inland, lakes and rivers sparkle amid pine forests, where a tent, cabin or RV makes a great base for fishing, hiking and other outdoor pursuits.

Porcupine Mountains

The Porcupine Mountains in Ontonagon, Michigan is a perfect getaway for the adventurous type. There are several activities you can participate in, including canoeing, kayaking, fishing, mountain biking and hiking.

Whether you have family reunion or a group trip up north, Trinity Transportation is here to help! Trinity has a vast fleet of vehicles that can solve any of your transportation needs this summer! Head over to Trinity Transportation to check out our fleet and to request a quote or call 877.284.4200

What’s Happening This Memorial Day Weekend in Metro Detroit

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Memorial Weekend Events Happening in Metro Detroit

The eagerly awaited long weekend is almost upon us! Memorial weekend begins Friday, May 26th through Monday the 29th. Don’t have any plans yet? Check out some events located in Metro Detroit!

Eddie Money at DTE: May 26

Marking his 26th consecutive year being the venue’s season opener, Eddie Money will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 26th. His featured openers are Dez Money and the Faze and Tripper. Tickets are available at palacenet.com.

SoSoSUMMER 17 Tour: May 26

Catch Jermaine Dupri’s “SoSoSUMMER 17 Tour” at the Fox Theatre on May 26th. Hip Hop Smackdown 2 takes the stage the next night which features Mystikal, Ying Yang Twins, Too Short and Lil Jon. Tickets for both shows are available at olympiaentertainment.com.

Movement: May 27-29

This Electronic Music Festival has been going on since 2000 and has been a largely anticipated music festival in Detroit. Originally called Detroit Electronic Music Festival, over 100 performances are scheduled to take over Hart Plaza during the 3 days. The main headliner taking the stage Saturday is techno pioneer Richie Hawtin and headlining Sunday is electronic music artist and producer deadmau5. One or three-day tickets can be purchased at movement.us/tickets

Civil War Remembrance at Greenfield Village: May 27-29

During Memorial Weekend, become a part of living history as Union and Confederate reenactors, bustling camps and period music take over Greenfield Village for a Civil War remembrance event. On May 28, the programming for Civil War Remembrance will be extended until 9 p.m. On May 29, The Henry Ford will host a Memorial Day Commemoration ceremony on the village green starting at 12:00 pm with a National Moment of Silence at 3 p.m. signaled by the Armington & Sims shop whistle.

Admission to Civil War Remembrance is $27 for adults, $24.50 for seniors 62 and older, and $20.25 for youth ages 3 to 11. Children ages two and younger get in free. Visit thehenryford.org/current-events/calendar/civil-war-remembrance/ for more information.

Dearborn Memorial Day Parade: May 29

Come watch Michigan’s longest running Memorial Day parade in Dearborn at 10:00 a.m. Running west on Michigan Ave. from Maple Street to the Henry Ford Centennial Library, the parade this year will salute “women in the military.” It’s one of the country’s largest Memorial Day parades and going on its 93rd year. The parade will have over 60 marching groups, 8 school bands, hundreds of veterans, and a Coast Guard helicopter flyover.

Enjoy one of these events as well as the drive there and back in one of our Trinity vehicles. Check out which choice is best for you and book your ride here.

Trinity Transportation Awarded Woodhaven-Brownstown School District

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

On April 18th, 2017 through a unanimous vote, the Woodhaven Brownstown school district awarded Trinity Transportation a contract to provide student transportation for the next 3 years.

The 3-year contract will take effect on July 1st, 2017.  Trinity Transportation will handle over 34 school bus routes throughout the school district.  “After meeting with several transportation providers, Trinity Transportation was highly recommended based on their high reliability, and well-respected reputation providing transportation services to more than 35 school districts and 10,000 students daily,” says Mark Greathead, Superintendent of Woodhaven-Brownstown school district.

“We are excited to be awarded the Woodhaven-Brownstown contract and look forward to providing excellent transportation to the students, parents and members of the community” says President Jerry Sheppard.

Austin Arksey, Chief Operating Officer, “As a resident of the local community I’m proud to say that we will be servicing Woodhaven-Brownstown.”

Trinity Transportation continues to provide professional, safe, and reliable transportation for over 35 years!  Trinity currently serves over 100 school districts and safely transports more than 10,000 students throughout southeastern Michigan.

About Trinity Transportation

Trinity currently has 10 different terminals throughout Southeastern Michigan and Northern Ohio.  Along with school bus operations, Trinity provides Motor Coach and Sedan services, too.

Trinity Receives Award from the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy

Friday, April 14th, 2017

On Tuesday, April 11th 2017, Trinity Transportation was presented with the 2017 Lifesaver award at the Fate 2.0 appreciation dinner in partnership with the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy.  The FATE program is a four-year, cohort-based program for high school students in northwest Detroit.  The program provides resources and opportunities for undeserved youth to embrace education with a goal to motivate each student to graduate high school and attend college.

Twenty-two students from the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy were selected to participate in the 4-year education enrichment program.  If they upheld program standards in GPA, Conduct, Community Service and Attendance, they were promised a $5,000 college scholarship at the end of the program.  The students who participated in the program had a 100% graduation rate. 19 of the 22 students went into college and three went into the military or pursued work.

Trinity Transportation provided free transportation for all students and staff to all educational purposed activities throughout the year.

To learn more about the FATE program, Click Here!

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