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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!

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!

How to Use a Promo Code

Thursday, November 22nd, 2018

Throughout the year, we offer various promo codes, but since we do not have direct booking online, figuring out how to apply promo codes can be a tad confusing. In this article, we will walk you through the process and explain how you can use your promo codes!

The first step is to choose the vehicle that best fits your needs. If your promo code is not for a specific vehicle and you need help figuring out which vehicle you should select, check out our handy article here. Once you have your vehicle picked out, head to our Request a Quote page.

On this page, select the vehicle you would like to receive a quote for and you will be taken to a new page with a form to fill out. On the first page of the form, you will be asked for travel details.

Once the information is filled out, click the “next” button. You will then be taken to the portion of the form where your contact information is requested. Also on this page is a place for you to enter your promo code!

After you’ve input all of your information (and your promo code!), click the “send” button and you will be all set! The form will be sent to our reservations department who will contact you regarding your trip. They will discuss the information from your form and our vehicle availability. For more on what to expect after you’ve requested a quote, take a look at this article.

Happy traveling!

Thankful and Grateful

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

 

Every year for Thanksgiving, Trinity Transportation gives each employee a turkey for their holiday table, and we were excited to do it again this year! We handed out turkeys to our 1,000+ employees, helping to spread some holiday cheer. The marketing team, Chief Financial Officer Matt White, and Chief Operating Officer Dave Holls traveled to Trinity’s terminals to hand deliver turkeys to employees, which was the perfect way to start our Thanksgiving break.

Since Thanksgiving is about recognizing what we’re grateful for, we asked employees to write down what they are thankful for, and we received some wonderful answers!

At Trinity, we’re thankful for our clients and our employees, and wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving!

How to Choose the Best Vehicle For You

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

As a premier transportation company, we have a complete fleet ready to help you with your service needs. Whether your group is large or small and your trip local or cross-country, we have the perfect vehicle for you!

If you’re just starting out and haven’t a clue what vehicles are in our fleet, hop on over to our fleet page, where you will get an introduction to what we offer and virtual tours of our vehicles. Once you’ve done that, you can get to know our fleet divisions a little better here.

Long distance trips are usually done in our motor coaches, which offer a luxury ride complete with comfortable seats, a restroom, power outlets, a DVD player, Wi-Fi, and more. They also have overhead and underneath storage for items such as luggage, band instruments, and athletic equipment. Our motor coaches seat up to 56 passengers, have panoramic windows, and some are handicap accessible.

If you’re not traveling far or overnight, our school bus may be a viable option for you. Local field trips and athletic trips are usually done in our school buses, which seat up to 48 passengers. They are equipped with heat for chillier days and several are handicap accessible.

Looking for a vehicle to take you out on the town? Our party bus is perfect for that and fits up to 28 passengers. Complete with surround sound entertainment and aux port, an on-board restroom, five mini bars, and a flat screen TV, our party bus is bound to keep the fun going all night long!

If you need a ride to an appointment or the store, our sedans are the vehicle for you. Our sedans travel locally and seat from 4 to 10 passengers. We have Prius cars, minivans, and full-size vans that can take you where you need to go! Our sedan fleet also consists of handicap accessible vehicles to better suit your needs.

Flying and need transportation to the airport? We’ve got you covered! Our shuttles can transport small or large groups to and from the airport. From vans and transits to mini coaches and motor coaches, our fleet is equipped to service your group. All of them have storage space for luggage and comfortable seating to ensure your ride is as pleasant as possible.

Still have questions? Check out our motor coach fleet FAQ and our school bus fleet FAQ. If you’re ready to make your reservation, request a quote here! We can’t wait to take you to your next destination!

Vehicle Virtual Tours

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

There are a lot of factors that go into choosing the vehicle that’s right for you. Some of the things to take into consideration are all of the vehicle’s features, what the vehicle is best for, how many it seats, and what the interior and exterior look like.

To help with the selection process, we have added a new update to our website. Along with the fantastic exterior and interior photos of our fleet, we have added virtual tours to help you get a better feel of our vehicles. On the individual vehicle pages, you will find the description of the vehicle, the capacity and features, interior and exterior photos, recommended services, and virtual tours (on most vehicle pages).

To navigate the virtual tours, simply click and drag your mouse in the direction you want the photo to move! You’ll be able to view the vehicle from front to back, side to side, and top to bottom. We hope this new feature will give you a better look into our vehicles and ultimately help you pick the right one for you!

To view our entire fleet and check out the virtual tours, visit Our Fleet 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!

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!

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!

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