Trinity Transportation’s 1st Annual Baseball Outing

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Trinity Transportation’s 1st Annual Baseball Outing

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

Here at Trinity, we wanted to show employees a fun time and start summer off right – what better way to do that than take everyone to a Detroit Tigers baseball game?! We were excited to provide employees with a ticket to the game, food voucher, and custom designed t-shirt. Of course, being a transportation company, we also provided transportation for those who wanted it!

The day started with buses arriving at the park 40 minutes before game time, giving employees a chance to walk around, get food, or visit the team store. The weather was perfect for a baseball game! While the Tigers were off to a semi-rough start, they came back strong and won the game 7-4 against the Toronto Blue Jays.

See what some of our employees had to say about the outing!

Sherrie Presley, school bus driver, said, “I loved the fact that we got to bring a family member and the reuniting of people I’ve worked with over the years. It was an overall amazing day and I felt very appreciated as an employee!”

Renee Holmes, school bus aide, enjoyed her time at the game: “I always go to Comerica Park and I had so much fun at this game!”

Jessica Schwartz, dispatcher, went with her daughter and they had a ball! She said, “The game was lots of fun! We didn’t ride the bus down, but we enjoyed ourselves. The game itself was nice, the weather was nice, and we all had a good time!”

We loved our time together on June 2nd; it was a great game and an all-around fun day! We can’t wait for our next company outing!

Safety Rules Are the Best Tools!

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

Our safety meetings for May were conducted the 21st through 26th and were packed with vital information for our drivers and aides! The meetings were executed by Dave Holls, chief operating officer, and Carl Ingram, Detroit area safety director. Our safety meetings always start with a little introduction then local news and updates from each terminal’s general manager and maintenance department.

After the local updates, Dave talked about distracted driving and showed a news video regarding a recent school bus accident in New Jersey. This horrific accident was caused by a driver who was recklessly driving on the interstate, and is an instance of what could happen when someone is driving distracted. It is not worth the risk. This is why our parent company, National Express, implemented the Target Zero campaign in February. Target Zero is the next phase of our Driving out Harm program and was put in to effect to eliminate fatal accidents from our company. Target Zero is a call to action that encompasses all of our efforts to reduce distracted driving and make the roads safer for our communities.

To piggy-back off of safe driving habits, Dave discussed performance feedback for the month of April. After Dave went over the numbers, Carl reviewed the Driving out Harm program and reiterated the Golden Rules for our drivers (they’re listed in this blog post). Carl then addressed our company’s safety performance KPIs (key performance indicators) for the month of April and talked about the heat risks of summer as the new season approaches. He covered the symptoms of heat exhaustion, heat stroke, hyperthermia, and dehydration and how to prevent them. Carl also mentioned how there will be more people on the roads since school will be out soon and discussed different ways drivers can be more alert to the extra bicyclists, pedestrians, cars, and motorcyclists.

An acronym our company uses to ensure safe driving habits is LEFTS:

Let others know your intentions by signaling

Ensure oncoming traffic is clear; do not rush

Fully check your blind spots by leaning forward and backward (rock and roll)

Turn only when you are sure there are no pedestrians in or about to enter the intersection

Stay alert; look around and recheck your mirrors during your turn

Summer is also the season of roadside inspections by Michigan State Police, so Carl covered the various responsibilities drivers have, including carrying their credentials at all times, completing thorough pre-trip and post-trip inspections, and being extra aware of their surroundings.

To finish the presentation, Dave returned to remind drivers of our upcoming company activities. First is attendance bingo, where employees get a stamp for every date on their card for which they have perfect attendance during the month of May. Once an employee has a bingo, they turn in their card and have three chances to win awesome prizes, the ultimate grand prize being a 55” Smart LED TV with a Blu-Ray player and complete sound system! Second is our first annual Detroit Tigers company outing, which is taking place on June 2nd. If you’re at that game, keep a look out for a large group with purple shirts – that’s us! And lastly, Dave announced Trinity’s 22nd annual company picnic, where we have food, fun, and prizes!

We’re excited for the fun things ahead and to continue with our safety mission!

Let’s Talk Safety!

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

It’s that time where our operations and safety teams host our monthly safety meetings! Our April meetings took place the week of the 23rd and were full of pertinent information. Dave Holls, chief operating officer, and Carl Ingram, Detroit area safety director, led the meetings, covering various topics from “getting back to basics” to child checks – and even informing employees of a wage increase!

The meeting started with a brief introduction from Dave Holls then segued into local terminal updates from each terminal’s general manager and maintenance updates from each terminal’s lead mechanic. Dave then talked about core responsibilities: on-time transportation and excellent customer service – things we prioritize at Trinity. The terminals received a little pep talk from Kid President to help encourage arriving to work with a positive attitude and the right mindset (it’s super cute – you can watch it here)!

Distracted driving was a main topic, reiterating how important it is to keep the kids of our community safe while on the road. One of our programs is called Driving Out Harm, which encourages staff to make sure their workplace is safe and to put the safety of customers and colleagues first at all times. The Golden Rules for our drivers are: “I will always put the safety of passengers first; be fit for work; check my vehicles and only drive if it is safe; drive safely and defensively; and report all accidents, injuries, and near misses”.

Child Checks were also an important topic covered. At Trinity, we have a policy in place that requires school bus drivers and aides to do child checks after the last stop of each route or field trip and upon returning to their terminal. Child Checks ensure that no child is left on the bus and each child gets home safely. Our entire school bus staff has signed the Child Check Pledge!

Here at Trinity, we are committed to keeping our kids, roads, and community safe, and our monthly safety meetings are a vital part in doing so!

Training Day!

Monday, April 16th, 2018

On Thursday April 5th, during Spring Break week, we held a full day training in-service for 30 of our operational staff (dispatchers and general managers) from all of our locations.  With many transitional activities taking place – and to ensure everyone was best prepared for the busy spring season ahead – Trinity brought everyone together for one last training and development session for the school year.

After the training, management took everyone to downtown Detroit for a fun evening of team building activities, which including going to “Escape the Room” (an escape room where you have 60 minutes for your team to decipher clues and get out), and then out to a fabulous dinner afterwards.

We had a great day filled with knowledge and development that ended in fun! Our dispatchers and general managers are ready to serve you, our customers, with their best foot forward!

Trinity Hosts First Annual Safety Banquet

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

On March 10th, Trinity employees came together for a banquet focusing on safety initiatives and procedures at Burton Manor in Livonia. In attendance with Trinity’s employees were Kevin Kilner, Vice President of Safety at National Express, and Chris Pelligrino, assistant to the CEO of transit at National Express. Kevin Kilner discussed various National Express topics, which included operational updates, safety performance key performance indicators, visions and values in terms of safety, Target Zero campaign, distracted driving, Zero Tolerance Policy, and child checks. Stacey Bruwer, Director of Marketing at Trinity Transportation, discussed the #EyesOnTheRoad campaign to instill the importance of eliminating distracted driving. Prior to the banquet, each terminal received a vinyl banner displaying the campaign’s pledge, which they subsequently signed and were given a sticker that said “I took the pledge”.

Chief Financial Officer Phil Adkins, Marketing Director Stacey Bruwer, and President Jerry Sheppard hold the #EyesOnTheRoad campaign banner at our corporate office in Wyandotte.

Trinity’s Chief Operating Officer Dave Holls covered all things Trinity, including integration processes, the drive towards excellence, a group activity to think outside the box, and Trintiy’s new vision and “Simple Truth”. To add some fun to the day, employees won over 40 prizes, including the grand prize of a 55” flat screen TV!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trinity Welcomes New Management

Monday, March 12th, 2018

We’ve been making some positive changes here at Trinity Transportation, the most recent being the addition of general managers at each of our 10 terminals and a new regional operations manager. Some of our general managers have been promoted from within and some are outside hires. They are all equipped and ready to operate their terminal and bring new ideas to the table! We are proud to introduce our 10 new general managers and our new regional operations manager!

Aretha Baylis, Fraser

  • Aretha Baylis started with Trinity almost 3 years ago at Trinity’s Fraser terminal, where she built relationships and began to love the people she worked with. She made it a goal to be herself and to aim higher within Trinity. When she attended her first Back to School meeting, that was it – she was all in. She loved the fun and dedication of the Trinity employees and the love Mr. Sheppard had for Trinity. She was sold on the fact that Trinity truly cares for the dedication of its employees. Aretha started in the transportation industry driving a school bus then moved to dispatch. She has enjoyed every aspect of the industry, including the challenges, and was never afraid to take risks. She is elated to now move into the position she has longed for. Aretha is very pleased to accept the promotion to general manager of the Fraser CSC. The realization of this professional dream will act as only the beginning of a long and prosperous managerial career. She is excited to continue to offer the best customer service to Trinity’s clients, students, parents, and drivers.

Tom Prahl, Toledo

  • Tom Prahl is a Toledo native and has been married to his wife, Cindy, for 33 years. They have raised 2 daughters, Jennifer and Kristen. Tom attended Findlay College, and then later graduated from the University of Toledo with a degree in Transportation Management. He started his career in the moving business as a driver and worked in operations, estimating, and sales. During that time, one of his largest projects was the supervision of an installation of furniture for a 25-story bank building in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (spent 5 months in Saudi Arabia). He has also worked for a food distributor, medical supply distribution company, and building products supplier. He is a lifelong Buckeye fan, huge Tigers fan, and frustrated Lions fan. When possible, Cindy and Tom like to travel. With a daughter in Texas, they do spend time there for most of their travels, but have visited a large number of other states as well.

Jeff Allen, Clarenceville

  • Jeff Allen started driving as a part time driver in January of 2001 as a second job and really enjoyed it. He moved into the offices of Wayne-Westland Schools in April of 2010, and then came to Trinity as a dispatch supervisor in July of 2015 at the Dearborn Heights terminal. From there, he transferred to the Clarenceville terminal, where he is currently at today. Before starting as a bus driver, Jeff worked in the movie theater industry for 22 years, moving his way up from front house staff to general manager in 1996, and in 2005, he took another promotion to manager of concession operations.

Robin Webster, Woodhaven

  • Robin Webster has been with Trinity for 23 years, starting out as a school bus attendant, and then becoming a school bus driver a few years later. After a few years of driving, Robin was asked to be a school bus trainer for Trinity, which she did for 13 years. As a school bus trainer, Robin trained hundreds of drivers for Trinity, as well as attended several training classes on driver training and school bus safety. She also worked as an interim dispatcher at Trinity’s Dearborn Heights and Ecorse locations. 2 years ago, Robin was relocated to Trinity’s Wyandotte Terminal and from there was promoted to dispatch supervisor for the Wyandotte Terminal. In 2017, she was asked to be terminal manager for Trinity’s newly contracted Woodhaven-Brownstown School district, where she continues to grow and learn. Robin has been very dedicated to Trinity and has worked hard to be where she is today!

Renae Pickel, Wyandotte

  • Renae Pickel has been with Trinity for 4 years.  She was first hired as the sedan assistant manager.  After 2 years, she moved on to sedan manager, and after 2 more years, Renae has been promoted to Wyandotte’s general manager. She is looking forward to personal growth as well as having a direct hand in the growth of CSC 4125. She is super excited to see what the next 2 years have in store for her!

John Kiraly, Saginaw

  • John Kiraly is a former Marine who joined Trinity in 2013. He entered the transportation industry in 1980 at Clintondale schools as the custodial manager and was eventually given more responsibilities. John moved to Saginaw in 1984, where he has continued his career in the transportation industry.

Angela Reynolds, Ecorse

  • Angela Reynolds has over 25 years of managerial experience. She started her career working part-time at Payless Shoe Source as a Deca Student. She eventually became network manager, where she managed several specialty stores. After her son’s birth, Angela decided to further her career in human resources at Super K-Mart, where she learned valuable skills from her coworkers. Her next career advancement was to Avis Budget Group at Detroit Metro, where Angela became the first African American airport manager. After working for Avis for a little while, Angela moved on to Macy’s as a general manager and went back to school to receive her business degree. Once she graduated, Angela ventured into banking at Brink’s, Incorporated. Angela put in her time at Brink’s, Inc., and decided that she was ready to start her career at a company that she was going to be at until retirement, which brought her to Trinity Transportation. After several interviews, Angela was offered the position as general manager of Trinity’s Ecorse terminal. When visiting the CSC for the first time and meeting new faces and warm hearts, Angela felt captivated and felt like she had found her second home.

Kevin Rose, Dearborn Heights

  • A 20-year veteran of the ground transportation industry, Kevin Rose was just promoted from director of motor coach operations to general manager of Trinity’s Dearborn Heights terminal. As director of motor coach operations, Kevin was responsible for managing the entire motor coach division as well as all of the motor coach drivers. Kevin also oversaw the operation of the 24-hour motor coach dispatch department, which he established to guarantee customers and drivers uninterrupted communicative access to Trinity representatives. For the purpose of preparing motor coach drivers to deliver the finest in service and safety, Kevin developed Trinity’s comprehensive, corporate-mandated motor coach operator training program. The curriculum consists of three weeks of intensive classroom and over-the-road training. Finally, as a commitment to professional development, Kevin has attended “Leadership Skills for Effective Management” seminars, “Supervisor Signs and Symptoms” training, and maintains proficiency as a licensed motor coach and school bus driver.

Joel Matanzas, Detroit West

  • Joel Matanzas has over 16 years of experience in the transportation field, with over 20 years of experience in leadership, training, and mentoring, which includes his 4 years serving our country as an 82nd Airborne Paratrooper. Prior to joining Trinity Transportation, he was a regional manager with American Expediting, where he was responsible for 9 offices, 40 employees, and 300 Independent contractors, and managed a customer base of over 500 clients. In the coming years, Joel hopes to inspire his team to deliver the best customer service not only to our passengers, but to one another as well.

Jim LaRue, Detroit East

  • Jim LaRue has over 30 years of experience with integrated logistics companies, providing lead logistics management solutions and lean manufacturing support services that include transportation, warehousing, design, and building of complete supply chain networks, supply chain re-engineering and optimization, performance management, quality, safety, and other comprehensive service supporting multiple clients and industries. He has been married to his middle school sweetheart for 40 years; they have 2 children and 3 grandchildren. Jim enjoys being involved with his community through Marine Corp Toys for Tots and Catholic Charities USA. He is also a member of the Transportation Club of Detroit, International Warehouse Logistics Association, and Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, and is president of the Michigan Chapter of the Warehouse Education Research Council. Jim is looking forward to bringing improvement and growth to Trinity Transportation, while implementing best practices and providing a supportive and enjoyable environment.

Kevin Dunbar, Regional Operations Manager

  • Kevin Dunbar has been in the transportation industry for over 20 years. He has extensive experience in multi-model transportation operations, including Emergency Medical Services, taxi/sedan, shuttle, charter, and paratransit. He has expertise in operations, customer service, contact center/dispatch, technology, and shared/support services. Originally from Michigan, he recently moved back to the Detroit area from Arizona.

 

Trinity Transportation Recognizes Love the Bus Month

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Love the Bus month was created by the American School Bus Council and is a month-long celebration held every February. Love the Bus Month is a chance to highlight the importance of the school bus in education while also focusing on the drivers who do so much for our students. This month allows schools across America to take a little extra time to celebrate the bus drivers who safely transport students every day. It’s also an opportunity for companies like us to show our appreciation for our school bus drivers, whom we are so lucky to have! This year, we gave employees heart decals and pins to signify Love the Bus Month and showed extra gratitude for all that they do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you, Trinity school bus drivers, for being so amazing! We appreciate every single one of you!

How to Become a Motor Coach Driver

Monday, February 26th, 2018

Being a motor coach driver is an interesting career filled with travel, meeting new people, and servicing your community. It can be fun and rewarding, and take your career to new heights…but how do you get started? We’re going to walk you through the requirements for and process of becoming a motor coach driver, so you can be prepared to apply at Trinity Transportation!

Requirements:

  • Possess a valid Michigan commercial driver license (CDL) A or B with passenger (P) endorsement and enhancement
  • Experience with motor coach driving or minimum transit experience (transit includes city buses, school buses, or trucks – truck drivers must have P endorsement)
  • Able to calculate passenger fares and provide correct change
  • Ability to complete trip sheets, pre/post bus inspection sheets, and vehicle inspection report clearly and in a legible manner
  • Capable of operating and communicating clearly on a telephone and/or a two-way radio
  • Able to speak English fluently
  • Minimum age for drivers is 21 with no driving infractions on record
  • Drivers with up to two minor moving violations or no major violations in the past 36 months will be considered at the minimum age of 22-23

How to Obtain Your CDL:

When you are ready to apply for your first commercial driver license, you will go to your local Secretary of State office with the following items:

  • Your driver license
  • Proof of your Social Security number
  • Acceptable proof of U.S. citizenship (birth certificate, passport, etc.) or Permanent Resident Card

Upon arriving at the Secretary of State office, you will fill out the CDL certification form, which includes meeting the CDL medical qualifications. You must also meet the driver eligibility requirements and pass the required knowledge and vision tests. All CDL knowledge tests are administered on the computer at Secretary of State. A minimum passing score of 80% is required to pass each test. You can take all the tests on the same day; however, you can only take each test once. If you need to retake a test, you must go back to the Secretary of State office the following business day. The CDL Group B knowledge test is 50 questions and the passenger endorsement knowledge test is 20 questions; both require a skills test after training.

Once you finish these knowledge tests, you will be given your CDL commercial learner’s permit (CLP), which allows you to practice driving under the supervision of a driver trainer and is required for taking the CDL skills tests. You will also need to obtain your chauffeur license before processing your CDL license. To receive the required training and to take your skills test, you can either do so through a third party state certified commercial vehicle training center or truck driving school.

Upon obtaining your CDL, you are ready to apply! You can do so at drivefortrinity.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Trinity Transportation Welcomes New COO

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Trinity Transportation has had some exciting changes over the past year and is continuing to grow. With the new tools and services available to us via our parent company, National Express, we are ready to make 2018 the best year yet. Last year, our former Chief Operating Officer, Austin Arksey, was promoted by National Express as their new Vice President of Charter for North America. Since his promotion, Austin’s former position as Trinity’s COO has been unoccupied, but today, we are pleased to announce it has been filled!

We are thrilled to announce that David Holls has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer at Trinity Transportation. David has been with Trinity since 2009, most recently in the position of Regional Operations Manager. Previously, he was the terminal manager of our Roseville and Hamtramck locations, and held several other roles before that. As Chief Operating Officer, David will be in charge of all Trinity operations and will direct the development and execution of service for our three divisions: motor coach, school bus, and sedan and shuttle.

President Jerry Sheppard further describes David’s new role: “David will also be responsible for ensuring Trinity meets all initiatives, directives and business goals of our parent company, National Express.  He has led many of our transition activities over the last year and worked closely with National Express management in order to best prepare us to move forward and have another record-breaking year.”

We are elated with the great changes happening at Trinity and can’t wait to see what 2018 holds!

Christmastime at Trinity

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

Christmas is an exciting time, with joy and love filling the air. It’s the season where we spend time with loved ones, celebrate the wonderful memories surrounding this wonderful holiday, and give to those in need if we can. To celebrate Christmas, each of our terminals held potlucks over the past two weeks, where Trinity provided the main dishes and employees brought in their favorite holiday foods!

Each morning started off with a safety meeting held by our very own Safety Claus! Safety Claus, Safety Director Carl Ingram, and School Bus Training Manager Derrick Ingram discussed the different tactics of staying safe on the road while driving a school bus (and being an aide!). Topics covered included distracted driving, proper safety procedures, and having heightened awareness while on the road. Our goal is to become the safest transportation company!

After the safety meeting, it was time to eat! Employees at each terminal reveled in each other’s company while enjoying some delicious food. The potlucks were full of laughter, joy, and plenty of holiday spirit.

For more pictures from our Christmas potlucks, visit our Facebook page!

Get to Know Our Employees: Favorite Music & Activities for a Perfect Fall Day

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Fall has surrounded us with changing and falling leaves, cool weather, and fun fall activities. To celebrate the season, we interviewed a few of our employees to find out what their favorite music and activities are for a perfect fall day!

 

Yasmeen Bhatti

Stacey Bruwer

Yasmeen Bhatti, marketing specialist, is an avid fan of Drake and loves to listen to his music. Her favorite fall activities are drinking tea, shopping, and wearing sweaters! Stacey Bruwer, marketing manager, has been listening to Halsey and Dua Lipa a lot lately. Her perfect fall day would include visiting an apple orchard, doing some wine tasting, and going for a long walk.

 

 

 

Wendy Liss

Renae Pickel

Wendy Liss, payroll clerk, enjoys adult alternative and frequently listens to “Hipster Radio” on Pandora. Her favorite fall activities include having bonfires, going for walks, enjoying the cool weather, and going to apple orchards. Renae Pickel, manager of sedan division, is a classic rock fan in the fall. Her favorite fall activities include going to pumpkin patches and petting zoos, having weekend Netflix binges with a comforter and hot cocoa, and making frequent trips up north in the woods!

 

 

Scott Wallace

Brittany Martin

Scott Wallace, region charter manager for Great Lakes, is a fan of Halloween music this time of year and loves to carve pumpkins and watch scary movies! Brittany Martin, reservations specialist, loves Christmas and can’t wait until winter to listen to the holiday’s music! She likes to get into the fall spirit and drink apple cider while watching Halloween movies, carve pumpkins, and go to apple orchards.

 

 

 

We hope everyone is enjoying the fall weather and had fun getting to know some of our employees! Take advantage of this season by making a playlist of your favorite songs and doing your favorite fall activities!

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!

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