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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!

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Check Out What’s New At Cedar Point!

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Looking for something to do this summer? Cedar Point just began its 2017 season with new attractions, restaurants and shows. Enjoy rides this Friday, May 12th or any day through September 4. It’s open weekends after that through October 29th.

Attractions:

During June 9th – Sept 4th, the Iron dragon will become a virtual reality. Guests 13 and older will be able to ride the coaster while wearing a virtual reality headset. The old wooden coaster, Mean Streak, gave its final ride last September but the park plans to re-purpose this classic attraction. Cedar Point plans to keep the classic wood supports and add a wood-steel combination track built by Rocky Mountain Construction. The RipCord has a new name and a new location as well. It is now called Professor Delbert’s Frontier Fling and will be in Frontier Town.

New Food Options:
Cedar Point has added four new restaurants and a new season pass drink plan. A popular restaurant in Ohio, Root’s, offers shredded chicken, pork and beef sandwiches. Similarly, Famous Dave’s BBQ has been opened on the Frontier Trail. An Ohio favorite, Melt Bar & Grilled takes grilled cheese to the extreme. It will feature a full-service bar and a sandwich exclusive to Cedar Point. In Frontier Town, Wagon Wheel Pizza will serve handmade pizza to hungry customers. Cedar Point has also implemented a new season drink pass that gives the option of choosing a refillable drink bottle or disposable cup at the beverage stations for unlimited fountain drinks all summer.

Water Park Upgrade:
One of the big new attractions at the water park is Point Plummet, the six-story-tall, four-person aqua-drop body slide that will send four people on a nearly vertical free fall when the floor drops out from under them. The four separate 400-foot-long slides will send riders through a series of loops and s-curves. The waterpark will also feature a new attraction, Storm Surge. This takes riders down a slide on a large raft 76 feet above ground.
For adults, Cedar Point has added a few new bars to the waterpark. They have added Muffleheads Beach Bar which is a swim-up bar. Schooners Beach bar is also new and is located next to Breakwater Bay wave pool. It will feature signature cocktails and beverages with live entertainment.

Other Features:
Cedar Point Shores is scheduled to open on Saturday, May 27, 2017 with a special preview day for all Season Passholders on Friday, May 26.

Cedar Point just added metal detectors so be prepared to be waiting a few minutes while entering the park.

Trinity Transportation’s Cedar Point Line Run will return on June 17th. You can purchase a park ticket and transportation for only $79!! For more information, click 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!

Trinity Announces New Wage Rates for All Drivers and Aides

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

At Trinity Transportation, we look to train and hire the best.  Our customer care and safety is our #1 priority and our quality drivers are what makes this happen.

Trinity Transportation is excited to announce new hiring wages for drivers and aides.  We are thrilled to announce we are now hiring school bus drivers up to $17.50 an hour and motor coach drivers up to $16.50 an hour. Sedan drivers and School Bus Aides will now start at $10.00 an hour.

Don’t have a CDL? Trinity Transportation offers paid training to help you obtain your commercial driver’s license.  If you’re a current truck driver with over the road experience, we want you as well!

Employees can expect: paid training, weekly pay, health insurance, paid holiday & vacation time, 401k and much more!

For more information on how to join our team, Click Here!

Don’t Stress Over Planning Your Next Event!

Monday, September 26th, 2016

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Star Trax 15th Annual Event Show

Looking to plan an event? Star Trax is putting on its Annual Event Show on Sunday, October 9th. Whether it’s a wedding or birthday party, the event will have over 70 vendors on site to help plan your special day. Focusing on local businesses in Southeast Michigan, the Event Show will give you access to tour the exhibits and help you figure out your best options for products and services.

On site: event planners, decorators, caterers, photographers, floral design, invitation specialists, rentals, and much more! Trinity Transportation will be available to handle any questions you have for booking transportation!

Register to attend! The event is free and open to the public
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-15th-annual-event-show-powered-by-star-trax-tickets-24928325292

Where: JCC of Metropolitan Detroit
6600 West Maple Rd.
West Bloomfield, MI 48332
When: Sunday, October 9, 2016 11:00 AM- 3:00 PM

Crafts With Heroes event at Grosse Pointe Farms Pier Park

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

For the past fives years, the Grosse Pointe Farms Police Department had put on “Shop with a Cop”. On December 15, they held a little different event called, “Crafts With Heroes”.

“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 Partners up with Gleaners This Holiday Season

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

More than 720,000 people in southeast Michigan live in poverty. One in six people in Michigan will need emergency food this year.

Throughout the month of November, Trinity Transportation collected non-perishable food items at over 9 terminals. Donation boxes were set up for the whole month where there was a company goal of collecting over 1,500 cans.

Thanks to all the employees who donated more than 2,000 cans. With more than 2,102 pounds of food, Trinity Transportation’s donations will provide approximately 1,744 meals to those in need.

 

Be Alert to Drowsy Driving

Friday, November 4th, 2016

TURNING THE CLOCKS BACK one hour from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time happens this year at 2:00 AM on Sunday, November 6th. The time change can cause disruptions with our bodies’ internal clock and make it difficult to get enough sleep. That disruption in sleep can lead to drowsy driving.

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The risks, dangers, and often tragic results of drowsy driving are alarming. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that at least 100,000 police-reported crashes annually are the direct result of driver fatigue. That means an average of 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries and $12.5 billion in monetary damages each year because of fatigue-related accidents.

With the upcoming end of Daylight Saving Time and the occasion of the National Sleep Foundation’s (NSF) Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, to be held November 6-13, now is a good time to review the factors that influence the likelihood of driver fatigue and the performance implications of drowsy driving for professional drivers.

The Risk of Fatigue

While nobody is immune to the effects of fatigue, commercial drivers are at a significantly higher risk for fall-asleep crashes because they are generally required to drive long distances for long periods of time, often at night, and they frequently work irregular schedules.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has attempted to address the problem through Hours of Service (HOS) regulations, but compliance with the HOS limits in no way means that a driver will be well rested. There are a number of factors that influence the likelihood that a driver will become fatigued, including:

The number of hours a driver has been awake before driving. The ability Be Alert to Drowsy Driving to function properly begins to drop at the 13th hour of being awake, and continues to decline as the hours progress.

The quantity and quality of the driver’s last sleep period.

The time of day. Our bodies and brains operate on an internal body clock (circadian rhythm) that regulates the approximately 24-hour cycle of biological processes and influences how alert or drowsy we are at certain times of the day.

The level of physical activity or mental or cognitive work. Extended periods of driving alone, for example, can make it difficult to maintain alertness and vigilance.

The presence of untreated sleep disorders. Conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), insomnia, narcolepsy, upper airway obstruction, restless leg syndrome, and periodic limb movements can seriously disrupt sleep.

Alcohol consumption or the use of sedative drugs.

Most adults feel rested and perform best with seven to nine hours of uninterrupted sleep. Failure to get sufficient sleep can lead to a build-up of sleep debt. Until this debt is repaid by sleeping, drivers will have a greater risk of having a fatigue-related accident.

Performance Implications

Fatigue is a general term commonly used to describe the experience of being “sleepy,” “tired,” “drowsy,” or “exhausted.” Key warning signs of fatigue include, but are not limited to:

• Increased desire to sleep;

• Frequent yawning;

• Head nodding and/or head shaking to stay awake;

• Sore or heavy eyes or impaired vision, such as slowed speed of eye movement (staring), increased difficulty to visually focus or keep eyes open;

• Slowed reaction times;

• Loss of concentration and attention (i.e., daydreaming);

• Impaired judgment and problems with processing information;

• Rapid loss of short-term memory capability;

• Loss of motivation;

• Increased moodiness, irritability or aggressive behavior;

• Microsleeps (brief episodes of “nodding off,” marked by a blank stare, head snapping, prolonged closing of the eyes, and/or an attention loss of 5-20 seconds).

When behind the wheel, fatigue can greatly impair a person’s ability to drive and maneuver safely, and may be demonstrated by:

• Failure to respond to road sign instructions, road changes and the actions of other vehicles;

• Random variations in speed;

• Erratic shifting;

• Inappropriate braking for conditions;

• Lane deviations and/or hitting rumble strips on the road;

• Tendency to follow other vehicles too closely;

• Failure to remember the last several miles of driving.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Breast Cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get Breast Cancer at some point. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.

On October 12, Trinity Transportation’s East Detroit terminal hosted a cancer fundraiser to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Ms. Bobbie, who is one of Trinity’s school bus drivers and a 28 year breast cancer survivor, helped organize this event.img_0029

“It’s very important because there’s someone that you know in your family that has cancer or has had cancer,” Ms. Bobbie said about donating to this cause.

Her fundraiser raised $150 while her team, Crusaders for Life Team, raised over $2,600.

 

To donate to Ms. Bobbie’s team or to get involved, click here.

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