A Time to Be Thankful

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A Time to Be Thankful

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

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To celebrate the holidays each year, Trinity Transportation gives each employee a turkey for their Thanksgiving table, and this year was no different. We ordered over 1,000 turkeys to give to employees, hoping to spread a little joy this holiday season. The marketing team and members of upper management, including Trinity President Jerry Sheppard, traveled to Trinity’s terminals to hand-deliver turkeys to employees; it was a perfect send-off before enjoying Thanksgiving weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the spirit of giving thanks, we asked employees what they were thankful for when visiting the terminals last week. The answers ranged from being thankful for family to retirement to good health – we received so many great answers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The holidays are a special time at Trinity Transportation, and we love sharing the fun and joy and the holiday cheer with everyone! For more pictures of last week’s events, visit our Facebook page!

Football Season Is Here!

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Fall is the season of pumpkins, costumes, changing leaves, apple orchards and cider mills, haunted houses…and football! The football season has started, teams taking to the field to show their skills and fans ready to cheer them on in the stands. Football is one of America’s favorite pastimes, providing a fun place for people to come together and root for their favorite teams. From college to middle school to the NFL, football gives us one more thing to look forward to in the fall!

Trinity Transportation is proud to sponsor and provide our buses for the athletic departments of Eastern Michigan University and Wayne State University! We are excited to watch how the season progresses for our teams – we have our EMU and WSU gear ready!

Catch us at Eastern Michigan University’s homecoming football game on October 21st and their game against Bowling Green University on November 21st (Senior Day). We’ll be handing out goodies, providing information about our services, and cheering on the Eagles! If you’re attending either of these games, be sure stop by our booth!

Eastern Michigan University Football Schedule:

  • 10/14 – 12:00pm – vs Army West Point – Away
  • 10/21 – 2:00pm – vs Western Michigan University – Home (Homecoming)
  • 10/26 – 7:00pm – vs Northern Illinois – Away
  • 11/02 – 7:00 pm – vs Ball State – Home
  • 11/08 – 7:00/7:30pm – vs Central Michigan University – Away
  • 11/15 – 7:00/8:00pm – vs Miami University – Away
  • 11/21 – 7:00pm – vs Bowling Green State University – Home (Senior Day)
  • 12/02 – TBA – MAC Championship – Detroit, MI

Wayne State University Football Schedule:

  • 10/14 – 6:00pm – vs Northwood University – Home (Homecoming)
  • 10/21 – 1:00pm – vs Michigan Technological University – Away
  • 10/28 – 12:00pm – vs Ashland University – Home
  • 11/04 – 12:00pm – vs Northern Michigan University – Home
  • 11/11 – 12:00pm – vs Davenport University – Away

 

Trinity Transportation Hurricane Disaster Relief Drive

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Flooding from Hurricane Harvey by Richard Carson, Reuters

 

Damage from Hurricane Irma by pedro Portal, Miami Herald

Several parts of the United States have been torn apart recently by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Hurricane Harvey caused devastation to the residents of Texas and Louisiana, wrecking everything in its path. Rainfalls reached over 51”, a record for rain caused by a single storm in the lower 48. Hurricane Irma affected Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, causing immense flooding, countless trees to be uprooted, and millions of people to be without power.  Hurricane Maria made direct landfall on Puerto Rico, completely dismantling the U.S. territory and drowning it with several feet of rain. Homes have been destroyed, people and animals have been injured or had their lives taken away, roads and vehicles have been damaged, and complete cities have been flooded, their residents having to evacuate and take shelter elsewhere. So many people have lost absolutely everything.

Damage from Hurricane Maria by Ricardo Arduengo, Getty Images

 

Hurricane Harvey flooding by Marcus Yam, Los Angeles Times, Getty Images

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria have displaced millions of people and caused insurmountable damage to the areas in their destructive paths. It’s hard to imagine the utter heartbreak and anguish those affected by the hurricanes are feeling in the aftermath of the storms. Now is the time for those who are able to rise up and assist the residents of the affected areas. Trinity Transportation sent down five motor coach buses in the first few days of Hurricane Harvey to assist with transporting citizens, and decided to run a disaster relief drive for Harvey, Irma, and Maria victims from September 5th – 22nd. Trinity employees and the residents of Metro Detroit filled 9 large tubs with supplies for those affected by these hurricanes. We are proud of the turnout and blessed to be able to help with the relief efforts.

Trinity Transportation bus in Houston

 

Damage from Hurricane Maria by Ricardo Arduengo, Getty Images

Trinity van dropping off donations from our hurricane relief drive

For more photos from our disaster relief drive, please visit our Facebook Page.

Visit Michigan’s Top Destinations This Fall

Friday, September 29th, 2017

The fall season is a gorgeous time in Michigan. From the changing leaves and crisp, cool weather to the cider mills and apple orchards, there’s nothing quite like fall in Michigan. It’s the perfect time to plan a vacation to scope out the beautiful views this state has to offer – and Trinity can take your group there! We’ve compiled a list of some great cities to visit (and a few things to do in each) to get you started.

Upper Peninsula:

  • Sault Ste. Marie – Sault Ste. Marie has plenty of things to do from exploring ships to visiting the breathtaking Tahquamenon Falls to touring museums and historic sites. On top of the usual sites, Sault Ste. Marie also has a Fall Colors Tour, where you can discover the bright colors of fall in the Eastern Upper Peninsula. 
  • Munising – This gorgeous city has several must-see locations: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising Falls, Wagner Falls, Miners Falls, and Miners Castle Rock – all worth making the time to visit!
  • Mackinac Island – At Mackinac Island, you’ll never be without something to do! Visit Arch Rock, Mackinac Island State Park, the Haunted Theatre, Fort Mackinac, St. Anne’s Catholic Church, and the Mackinac Bridge Museum. You also have the option to go biking, golfing, shopping, and enjoy some classic Mackinac Island fudge!
  • Marquette – Named one of the Top 25 Best Places to Travel by Gear Patrol Adventure List, Marquette is a picturesque city known for Presque Isle Point Park, Marquette Harbor lighthouse and Maritime Museum, and the Marquette black rocks.
  • Ontonagon – Experience the untouched forests of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park; one of the best scenic places in Michigan, Lake of the Clouds; and the beautiful waterfalls and hiking trails at Bond Falls.

Northern Lower Peninsula:

  • Traverse City – View the stunning scenery of Sleeping Bear Dunes (bike or hike your way there to see even more), take a wine or beer tour, or go for a walk through the woods at Pyramid Point. Traverse City has beautiful beaches, plenty of shops downtown, and energetic nightlife.
  • Cheboygan – If you’re looking to be close to the water, Cheboygan is the place for you. Consisting of three rivers and three lakes, you’ll be able to participate in water activities on 40 miles of open water. If water isn’t your thing, take to the many trails and recreation areas, and the Cheboygan State Park, for some drier outdoor activities with a scenic view.
  • Petoskey – Known for its exquisiteness, Michigan’s state stone, and its wonderfully fresh air, Petoskey has beaches, biking, breweries, wineries, and fun events and attractions.
  • Harbor Springs – This delightful town offers lots of events and activities for all ages, including outdoor activities, festivals, art exhibitions, and theatre performances. Take a drive down M-119 in the Tunnel of Trees, a magnificent sight in the fall.
  • Midland – Midland is home to Dow Gardens, a 110-acre botanical paradise, and several places that allow you to let your creativity fly. You can also catch a Great Lakes Loons end-of-season minor league baseball game or go hiking at the Chippewa Nature Center.
  • Bay City – Get ready for tall ships, unique antique shops, lake activities, and historic scenery in Bay City. This city has everything you need for a perfect fall vacation, including a walk along the riverwalk, tours of historic buildings, and different film and music festivals.

Southern Lower Peninsula:

  • Ann Arbor – With an abundance of events going on (including the Downtown Ann Arbor Oktoberfest), Ann Arbor is the place to be if you’re looking for a city with gorgeous fall colors and plenty to do. A visit to the University of Michigan campus is a must– their historic buildings, museums, art, and forestry are things you don’t want to miss.
  • Frankenmuth – “Michigan’s Little Bavaria”, home of world-famous dinners, traditional festivals, and numerous one-of-a-kind shops. You’ll feel the magic of Christmas all year round in Frankenmuth.
  • Holland – Holland is home to the “Dutch Experience” and unique activities such as their historic walking tours and the Holland Bowl Mill. Take time for outdoor activities to see the beauty of fall in Michigan, and visit the Holland State Park and Big Red Lighthouse.
  • Muskegon – Travel to Muskegon for scenic trails, waterfront restaurants, and arts and entertainment. If you’d like to experience more than the usual sights, check out the different events Muskegon has in the fall: Halloween Harvest Weekend, Oktoberfest, City of the Dead, and Pumpkin Fest!
  • Grand Rapids – This bustling city has a perfect mix of beer (check out their many breweries), food, music, and art to satisfy any traveler’s needs. The farmer’s markets, apple orchards, and cider mills will be waiting for you this fall.

  • Kalamazoo – Make time for the Fort Custer State Park, biking different trails, and various types of tours to get the full experience of Kalamazoo. This city has plenty to offer from outdoor activities to fall-themed festivals and events to breweries, wineries, and distilleries.

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  • Port Huron – Port Huron is a small city with big city features, offering coffee houses, waterfront restaurants, shops, golf, and beaches. Take a walk on the boardwalk or go swimming and view the magnificent Blue Water Bridge.
  • Caseville – Caseville is known for its beaches, amusement center, one-of-a-kind shops and festivities, and abundant outdoor activities. Take the time to witness the beauty of a Huron sunset from Sand Point.
  • Lexington – Visit this charming village for a relaxing vacation filled with bountiful history of the lumber era, shops, eateries, and free concerts in the park.
  • Port Austin – Take a walk down the Port Austin pier, enjoy the shops and restaurants downtown, and kayak in Lake Huron to Turnip Rock, then stop by Pak’s Backyard Café and Beer Garden to finish off your night.

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!

Trinity Transportation Holds Three Job Fairs

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Ready to DRIVE your career forward? Trinity Transportation will be hosting two job fairs to hire drivers, aides, mechanics and dispatchers.  Trinity is set to hold a two day job fair event on the following days at the Dearborn Heights Terminal:

Thursday, July 27th from 9am-6pm

Monday, August 7th from 9am-6pm

Trinity Transportation will also be holding onsite interviews in Toledo, Ohio in partnership with OhioMeansJobs :

Monday, July 31st from 10am-2pm

Trinity Transportation is looking to hire the following:

School Bus Drivers

School Bus Aides

Dispatch Supervisors

Motor Coach Drivers

Sedan Drivers

Mechanics

With a new competitive salary, qualified school bus drivers can earn up to $17.50.  Trinity offers a wide variety of great benefits including medical, dental, vision, matching 401k and holiday/sick time.

For more information or to apply, click here.

Faster Horses Weekend is Here!

Friday, July 21st, 2017

If you’re a country music fan in Michigan, you have probably heard of Faster Horses. Taking place for the fifth year in a row at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan, an estimated 40,000 fans are expected to attend. Faster Horses is not your typical festival. Those attending are able to purchase camping passes for a fun filled 3 day weekend.


Dierks Bentley will be headlining Friday night, followed by Miranda Lambert on Saturday, and Luke Bryan on Sunday. Enjoying music won’t be the only thing to do on the weekend. Fans will get to enjoy things like beer at the Budweiser Country Club, a ferris wheel, foam party, giant waterslide, go-karts and more!

Tickets to the festival are still on sale. General admission tickets are available for the festival and fans can add on a camping site to their order as well.

Trinity Transportation will be providing on-site shuttles to/from the campgrounds to the festival. Over 100 drivers will run the free shuttle service from 11am – midnight daily.

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.

Employee Appreciation at Trinity Transportation!

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Trinity Transportation takes pride in giving back to all of the hard working employees. An event outside of work was scheduled as a way for the company to thank all of the dispatchers for all their hard work this past year. The idea of going to Painting with a Twist had come up, and Human Resources took the lead with organizing the event. Painting with a twist pairs instructional art with a lively instructor to produce works of art. Step by step instructions with experienced and enthusiastic local artists take place to make for a fun memory.

All dispatchers from all locations within all 3 divisions were invited to come and enjoy a night painting with their fellow coworkers. Trinity Transportation’s Regional Operations Manager, Dave Holls, was also in attendance. “Trinity has over 35 dispatchers throughout its many divisions and locations, and each of them works hard to ensure our operations run smoothly 24 hours a day. It can be a challenging position at times, especially during our busy seasons, but as an organization we always want to recognize the efforts of our team. That is why we organized this dispatcher appreciation event. It allowed our team to get together outside of work, have some fun, and we could thank them for all that they do.”

Trinity Transportation plans to do fun outside of work activities like this for all of their departments as a way to give back and thank them for all of their hard work!

Want to join in on the fun too? Trinity Transportation is hiring! Check out our job postings here!

 

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.

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