Putting Safety in Every Stride

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Putting Safety in Every Stride

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

September’s safety meetings took place the week of September 24th and provided important information for our drivers and aides. The meetings were led by Chief Operating Officer Dave Holls and began with local updates from each terminal’s general manager.

After the local terminal updates, Dave delved into the topic of slips and falls. Slip, trip, and fall hazards can occur in virtually every type of workplace. Injuries that can occur due to these hazards are sprains, strains, bruises and contusions, fractures, abrasions, and cuts. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, slips, trips, and falls make up the majority of all work-related injuries. There are 95,000,000 lost work days per year due to these incidents and they account for 15% of accidental deaths and 25% of all reported injury claims. Slips, trips, and falls, can be avoided by taking extra caution, being aware of your surroundings, and fixing anything you see that is a hazard. It is also important to walk defensively and wear proper shoes.

The next topic discussed was danger zones of the school bus. The entire perimeter around the school bus is a danger zone, with the most dangerous zones being the left and right sides of the rear and the area in front of the nose of the bus. This is why it’s imperative that our drivers teach students the proper way to behave in and around the bus. The best way to exit the bus is to walk out 15 feet from the door to a sidewalk, then turn in the direction you need to go. If something falls/drops in front or around the bus, students are to tell the bus driver before picking it up. Our bus drivers are taught to be extra aware and to always check their mirrors and surroundings, and to do head counts every time students enter and exit the bus.

The meeting ended with safety key performance indicators, performance feedback, and employee handbook updates. With the start of the school year under way, we are ready to make this our best year yet!

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!

Trinity Transportation Donates Buses to Wayne State University’s Baseball Camp

Monday, July 9th, 2018

 

At the end of June, Wayne State University put on their annual week-long baseball camp in partnership with the Detroit Tigers and Trinity Transportation! Kids ages 7-18 came from all around the Metro Detroit area to advance their baseball skills and learn from the best at this camp. The participating kids visited Comerica Park where they were able to go onto the field for batting practice, received a special tour, and spent time with the players and coaches. The camp ended with the participating kids receiving a tour of WSU’s campus and spending time with WSU’s baseball players and coaches who taught the campers new drills and exercises and showed them what it’s like to be a collegiate athlete. We are proud to support our future baseball players by providing the transportation for this annual camp!

WSU head coach Ryan Kelley said, “It was an exciting and action-packed week of baseball at our annual summer camp. We hope all participants enjoyed spending their time with us in a combined MLB and NCAA environment in our great baseball city of Detroit! I would like to thank the Detroit Tigers Foundation for outstanding leadership, support, and a commitment to helping provide a great experience for all participants. I would also like to thank all of our camp staff, which included current and former NCAA baseball student-athletes, high school coaches, select youth coaches, and former professional baseball players. Plus, Trinity Transportation was instrumental in helping with our ground transportation during camp. On behalf of our camp staff, I would like to wish all participants a great deal of success on and off the field for the remainder of this summer and look forward to seeing you again at future events.”

The week filled with baseball was a success and we are so happy to have been a part of it!

 

How to Book Your Wedding Transportation

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Are you planning a wedding and need to secure transportation for your bridal party and wedding guests? Look no further! We have the perfect options for your special day, from our mini coach bus and motor coach bus to our school bus and party bus. Whether you’re looking for a hotel shuttle, bridal party transportation or venue transportation, we can fulfill your needs to make your day spectacular! In this post, we’re going to guide you through the process of booking your wedding transportation so you have one less thing to worry about!

  1. Determine what type of transportation you need for your wedding. Do you only need transportation for the bridal party or will you be transporting guests? If you’re transporting guests, will it be from ceremony to reception or a shuttle from reception to hotel? Once you decide what type(s) of transportation you’ll need, then you can think about the size and needs of the group.
  2. Visit our wedding services page. After completing the first step, take a look at our wedding services page for more information about what we provide for weddings and to view vehicle recommendations. You can also take a look at our fleet page for our full range of vehicles.
  3. Request a quote. Once you have the type of transportation in mind and know your group size and needs, it’s time to request a quote! To do so online, you can follow the (very easy) steps in our handy blog post. If you prefer to request a quote over the phone, you can reach one of our skilled reservations specialists at 877-284-4200.
  4. Converse with a reservations specialist. After requesting a quote online, one of our reservations specialists will contact you to discuss your wedding transportation in more detail. They will assist you in determining which vehicle is best for your special day and will discuss availability and pricing.
  5. Finalize your wedding transportation. Once you have found the perfect vehicle for your wedding day and chat with our reservations specialist, you can finalize the booking of your transportation! We will secure the requested transportation for the date and time(s) needed, and you will receive an email confirmation.

We want you to feel relaxed and worry-free when it comes to transportation on your wedding day. Our goal is to allow you to fully enjoy your special day with the ones you love!

Trips on a Trinity Motor Coach

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

So you’ve planned a group trip that will last two or more days, and you’re wondering how the process works and what to expect…well, we will lay it all out for you! We’re here to provide you with all of the necessary information for what to expect during the process of your motor coach trip so your mind can be at ease when planning.

What to Expect After Booking

After requesting a quote and booking your trip, the motor coach reservations specialist you’ve been in contact with will provide you with a contract/confirmation that contains a trip number, day of departure, and date of return, which is required to be signed and returned. You will also be asked to provide a detailed itinerary and on-site contact, which will ensure there is constant contact between the group and the driver. Once the final itinerary is reviewed, it is sent to our motor coach dispatch department, then a driver is assigned to the trip and given the itinerary. After the driver is assigned to your trip, you will receive the driver’s name, cell phone number, and the number(s) of the bus(es) that will be used for your trip. You will also receive our 24-hour dispatch number in case it is needed. The day before your trip, your motor coach reservations specialist will call you to verbally confirm every detail of your trip is correct.

Day-Of Process

When the day of your trip arrives, the driver(s) will pick you up in your motor coach(es) at the discussed pick-up time and location. You will then be transported to your destination(s). Please note that destinations with travel time longer than 8 hours will require more than one driver for each motor coach. This second driver (or more, depending on travel time) will meet your current driver at a specified location to switch. Since your trip is 2+ days long, you will be required to provide accommodations for your driver at each destination. While at your destination (or each destination if you have more than one), your driver can take you to wherever you need to go – as long as it is included in your itinerary!

After Your Trip

After your trip is over and you return home, you are all set! Our motor coach reservations specialist will reach out to you to see how everything went and for any feedback about your trip.

We’re Answering Your School Bus Questions!

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Q: What size are your school buses?
A: Michigan school bus sizes: Our largest school bus holds 48 passengers, two to a seat, and 72 passengers, three to a seat. 5th grade and under are the only ones that can sit three to a seat. Keep in mind, 72 passengers is three to a seat with only kids on board and no adults. Our regular size school bus holds 44 passengers, two to a seat, and 66 passengers, three to a seat. Again, 66 passengers is three to a seat with only kids on board and no adults.

Ohio school bus sizes: Our largest school bus holds 52 passengers, two to a seat, and 78 passengers, three to a seat. 5th grade and under are the only ones that can sit three to a seat. Keep in mind, 78 passengers is three to a seat with only kids on board and no adults.

Q: Do school buses have storage areas?
A: No, our school buses do not have storage compartments. This is an amenity that our full-size motor coaches have if that is something you are looking for.

Q: Do school buses have A/C?
A: No, our school buses do not have A/C, but are equipped with heat.

Q: Do school buses have CD players or aux ports?
A: No, only AM/FM radio. Our full-size motor coaches have a CD player and our party bus has an aux port, if you are interested in those amenities.

Q: Can anyone rent your school buses?
A: Yes, as long as you are over the age of 18.

Q: Can school buses be used for wedding shuttles?
A: Yes, they are a great economical alternative to our mini buses and motor coaches.

Q: Do school buses go out of state?
A: Our school buses can go out of state since we have the proper licensing, but we would recommend that if you are planning a long distance trip to rent our full-size motor coaches. School buses are usually utilized for local service.

Q: Do school buses have an intercom?
A: No, that amenity does not come on our school buses.

Q: Can you rent a school bus for a night event or for a weekend event?
A: Yes, they are available 365 days of the year.

Q: Do you have wheelchair accessible school buses?
A: Yes.

Q: Do you have harness buses?
A: Yes.

Q: Do you have seat belt school buses?
A: Yes.

 

Get to Know Our Fleet Divisions

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

At Trinity Transportation, we offer several different types of vehicles based on your transportation needs. Our vehicles are split into three divisions: school bus, sedan, and motor coach. Considering school buses? They are great for school routes, field trips, athletics, weddings, and special events.

Our mini coach is super fun and is popular with weddings, special events, and fundraisers! For marching band trips, group vacations, athletics, conventions, weddings, fundraisers, and student/field trips, hop on our motor coach bus.

Are you attending an athletic or corporate event, or need airport or student transportation? Our shuttle is the vehicle for you! Many people use our party bus for weddings, a night out, or special events. Last, but not least, our sedan division is perfect for corporate and airport needs, special events and student transportation!

To help you pick the right vehicle when booking, we’re going to give you a breakdown of each division, including a few highlights of each vehicle. One plus across the board: all of our vehicles have GPS tracking!

School Bus Division

Our school bus division is made up of our mini and regular-sized school buses. We have over 350 school bus routes and transport over 10,000 students daily!

Motor Coach Division

Our motor coach division includes our motor coach buses, mini coaches, executive mini coaches, and our party bus.

Sedan Division

Our sedan division is comprised of our full-sized van and transit shuttles along with our Prius sedans and minivans.  Our sedan division specializes in student and senior citizen transportation, serving our community for over 36 years!

We have vehicles in all departments, ready for your every transportation need. For more information on our vehicles, visit trinitytransportation.com/ourfleet or call us at 734-284-9229!

Back to School Safety

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 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!

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!

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