It’s HalloWeekends Time!

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It’s HalloWeekends Time!

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

September is under way, which means HalloWeekends is here! We are heading to Cedar Point this month and next on our Cedar Point Line Run for their Halloween celebration. Every Saturday, you can join us for a day filled with fun and frights at the Midwest’s top amusement park! You will be able to enjoy all of your favorite rides in addition to Halloween-themed events, performances, mazes, and haunted houses.

Worried about the fright factor? HalloWeekends doesn’t have to be scary! During the day, Cedar Point has The Great Pumpkin Fest, which features family-appropriate fall activities. Included are arts and crafts, trick-or-treating with Peanuts characters, The Great Pumpkin Parade, themed games, and indoor mazes (without monsters, of course). New for 2019 is the maze Hexed Spellbound: In the Dark, where attendees can use a blacklight to explore the witches’ lair to see what secrets lie around each corner.

Looking to be properly spooked? Haunt at HalloWeekends takes place every evening with haunted mazes, outdoor scare zones, spooky live shows, and sinister haunted attractions. One of the new attractions this year is Cornstalkers 2.0: Revenge of the Pumpkin Heads, which is a horrifying corn maze complete with deranged pumpkin heads, farmers, animals, and living corn stalks ready to scare you into never coming back again! Prepare to be terrified as you face your fears!

Whether you attend for the fun or the fright, our Cedar Point Line Run is the perfect option for taking you to HalloWeekends. Relax in our luxury motor coach buses with either music or movies to entertain and enjoy your hassle-free trip to the park! Reserve your spot on our Cedar Point Line Run today for a Saturday filled with Halloween thrills!

Please note: Guests are not permitted to wear masks, makeup or costumes while inside the park, with the exception of children who are participating in the Kids’ Costume Contest.

Trinity Transportation Provides Shuttles for 2019 Maccabi Games

Friday, August 16th, 2019

The 2019 JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest took place in Detroit from August 4th through 9th and Trinity Transportation was the shuttle provider for athletes, their families, coaches, and spectators. The Maccabi Games are an Olympic-style sporting competition for ages 12–16 and are held each summer in North America. The Games are the second largest organized sports program for Jewish teenagers in the world. Over 1,600 teens participated in the Detroit JCC Maccabi Games this year, competing in sports such as baseball, ice hockey, volleyball, dance, and swimming. The athletes compete in their specific sport throughout the week.

Trinity had a total of 70 drivers working the event from all of our locations. Our drivers worked together to transport participants to and from the airport, hotels, and temples, and from game to game. In addition to these shuttles, 40 of our buses transported 1,300 kids from the JCC to the Majestic Theatre in Detroit for a celebration at the beginning of the week where the kids were able to mingle, dance, and eat.

Trinity Transportation Charter Manager Scott Wallace was one of the supervisors for our shuttle services and said the event went smoothly. He stated, “Our drivers did very well! Everything went smoothly the rest of the week, and we were successful in transporting 40 buses from West Bloomfield to Downtown Detroit for the event at the Majestic Theatre.”

Bob Canvassar, Maccabi Games transportation coordinator, complimented one of our drivers for the great job she did. He said, “Your driver, Jeri, ensured that no one was left behind by returning to the pick-up location. Very nice of her to do that!”

Overall, the 2019 JCC Maccabi Games in Detroit were a success and we are proud to have been their transportation partner for the second time!

New Year, New Motor Coaches

Friday, March 8th, 2019

We’re excited to announce that we have welcomed four brand new 2019 MCI motor coaches into our fleet! The advanced J4500 has various enhancements to reliability and functionality, including a steerable tag axle, which ads extra maneuverability and extraordinary, wide-ride suspension. Complete with many new and updated features, these motor coaches are equipped to make your next trip the best yet!

Some of the new features include:

  • LED indirect ceiling and stepwell panel lighting, LED spotlights in ceiling with blue night light function
  • Best-in-class interior passenger space with comfortable seating
  • Larger driver side rear transom window with over 500% more viewing area
  • Stationary Vehicle Braking system that uses camera recognition software to detect vehicles in close range to the front of the bus and applies braking as a precaution
  • Traffic Sign Recognition identifies common road signs, such as speed limit signs, and issues a warning on the instrument panel
  • Larger, reconfigured lavatory with vandal resistant features
  • New seats with improved passenger space, separate headrest, and integral 3-point seatbelts
  • Improved Wi-Fi system options
  • Six new TV monitors with optimal display settings
  • Enhanced suspension for a smoother ride

The new motor coaches are already on the road, ready to take you on your next adventure! To request a quote or view more information about our motor coach buses, please visit our motor coach page.

Stay Alert – Stay Safe

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Throughout the course of 2018, we’ve held safety meetings every month to educate our employees and review important safety material. In November, we focused on driving conditions and how to be a proactive and defensive driver. The safety message for our meetings was “Look farther up the road. Stay focused on your driving. Think ahead and be ready.”  To go along with the November safety message, we started off the meetings by reviewing LLLC Defensive Driving:

Look ahead

Look around

Leave room

Communicate

We advise our drivers to look 15 seconds ahead at all times (equals out to one city block), focus on what is happening up ahead, identify hazards early, slow down, and avoid panic stops. By practicing these habits, it gives drivers extra time to avoid accidents. Drivers should be changing their focus every two to three seconds, making them aware of their surroundings so they can anticipate problems, react timely, and remain alert. Leaving room and maintaining a cushion of space all around the vehicle gives drivers extra time to avoid collisions. The easiest place to leave room is in front of the vehicle. Drivers communicate by making sure other drivers and pedestrians know where they are, use signals and horn to communicate intentions, and make eye contact.

Changing seasons leads to changing driving conditions. It’s important to be aware of hazardous driving environments, watch for changing road conditions, and to drive to match the conditions of the road. Be aware of roadways with soft shoulders and stay in the lane at all times. With winter approaching, the precipitation and weather can cause adverse driving conditions. Slowing down is important when the roads could be slick and if visibility is low. Defensive driving comes into play when the weather changes the conditions of the road – look ahead, look around, leave room, and communicate.

The meetings ended with local CSC updates from general managers and maintenance, then company updates. November’s safety meetings provided vital information that will help our drivers keep our roads and communities safe this winter. At Trinity, we strive to practice safe and defensive driving every time we are out on the road!

Holiday Happenings + Premier Transportation

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

The holidays are here and there are plenty of celebrations going on in Metro Detroit. From Broadway shows to games to a night on the town, there is something for everyone! No matter what type of trip you are making, we are prepared to provide your holiday transportation.

If you’re heading downtown to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Aladdin, Paw Patrol Live, Detroit sports teams, or any of the other awesome concerts and shows taking place, our party bus and mini coach are the perfect transportation option for you. Complete with ambient lighting, surround sound system with aux port and CD player, on-board restroom, and more, our party bus seats up to 28 and is great for those who want to add a little extra fun to their trip! Our mini coach seats up to 35 and is equipped with luxury leather seating, DVD/CD player with monitors, power outlets, on-board restroom, and Wi-Fi, making it the preferred selection for those wanting that executive feel. Did we mention the U.S. Figure Skating Championships are coming back to Detroit for the first time in 25 years? Make it a big event and invite all of your friends to ride in our party bus or mini coach for some figure skating fun!

Going to see a Broadway show, game, or concert and have a larger group? Our school bus is a great choice. With room for up to 48 passengers, our school bus is spacious and provides safe, accessible transportation. You can even use it for a night on the town, local events, or weddings!

For long-distance trips (Frankenmuth, anyone?), our motor coach is an excellent fit. As our largest vehicle, it seats up to 56 passengers and is equipped with CD/DVD players, digital monitors, power outlets, Wi-Fi, overhead and underneath storage, and a restroom on board.

Whether you’re staying local or going long-distance, our fleet can fulfill all of your transportation needs. So, let’s go on an adventure and celebrate the holidays!

How to Use a Promo Code

Thursday, November 22nd, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Happy traveling!

How to Choose the Best Vehicle For You

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vehicle Virtual Tours

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

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

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

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

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

Your Convention Transportation

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

Conventions are a fun and terrific way to learn more about your industry and meet other professionals in your field. They provide the information you need to build on your experience and grow in your profession. As a distinguished transportation company, we’re prepared to make your convention transportation the best it can be!

If you have yet to book transportation for your convention, we take you through the process step-by-step in this article. Once you’ve gone through each step and secured your transportation, your vehicle will be booked and you will be set for the day of your convention! Our reservations specialists usually reach out about a week before the date of your convention to ensure the details and information on file are correct, and to make any needed changes. On the day of your convention, the driver(s) will arrive at the specified pick-up location at the time discussed (usually 5-15 minutes early) with the vehicle(s) you selected. Upon meeting your driver(s), we recommend that you exchange phone numbers so communication can occur throughout your time together. Depending on the length of your convention and the services requested, your vehicle(s) will typically stay at the venue the entire time.

After the services are complete, you are all set! Your reservations specialist may reach out to you a day or two after your convention to ask for feedback on our services. As always, we appreciate having valuable customers like you and can’t wait to assist you with your transportation needs!

How To Book Your Convention Transportation

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

Conventions are a great way to learn more about your industry and grow as a professional, to expand your company’s horizons, and to make connections with other professionals and companies within your industry. Whether you’re attending a local convention or flying in from out of town, Trinity Transportation can help you with your convention transportation needs, and we’re here to walk you through the process of booking it!

  1. Define the size of your group and the type of transportation you will need. How many people will you require transportation for? Is there anyone who needs a handicap accessible vehicle? Will you need a shuttle from your hotel to the convention and back? If you desire airport transportation, please see our article on booking your airport transportation.
  2. Visit our convention services page. After completing the first step, take a look at our convention services page for more information about what we offer for conventions and to view vehicle recommendations. You can also visit our fleet page for our full range of vehicles.
  3. Request a quote. Once you know your group size and needs and have a type of transportation in mind, the next step is to request a quote! To do so online, you can follow the steps in our convenient blog post. If you would rather request a quote over the phone, you can reach one of our experienced reservations specialists at 877-284-4200.
  4. Converse with a reservations specialist. After requesting a quote online, one of our reservations specialists will reach out to you to discuss your convention transportation in more detail. They will assist you in determining which vehicle is best for you and will discuss availability and pricing.
  5. Finalize your convention transportation. Once you have found the perfect vehicle for your convention and chat with our reservations specialist, you can finalize the booking of your transportation! We will secure the requested transportation for the date(s) and time(s) needed, and you will receive an email confirmation.

We want you to be stress-free when planning the transportation for your convention. We aim to go above and beyond to make your travel as smooth as possible!

The Bells Are Ringing!

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

The day of matrimony is a special one, filled with friends, family, and love all around. It’s a day of celebration and a time to rejoice in your new life as one. As a premier transportation company, we are here to help plan your big day! No matter the type of transportation you need for your wedding, we can accommodate with our wide range of vehicles.

If you haven’t booked your wedding transportation yet, we walk you through the process in this article. Once you’ve completed the steps to securing your transportation, your vehicle will be booked and you will be all set for your special day! Our reservations specialists will typically reach out a week before your wedding to ensure all of the information on file is still correct, and it’s not uncommon for clients to reach out the day before to confirm again. Come the day of, the driver(s) will arrive at the specified pick-up location at the discussed time (usually 5-15 minutes early) with the vehicle(s) you chose. Once you meet your driver(s), it is encouraged that you exchange numbers so communication can occur throughout the day. Depending on the services requested, the vehicle(s) typically stay for the entirety of your wedding.

After the services are completed, you can be on your marry way! We look forward to being a part of your special day!

 

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!

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