Trinity Supports River Rouge School District’s Back to School Rally

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Trinity Supports River Rouge School District’s Back to School Rally

Monday, August 27th, 2018

Getting ready to go back to school is a fun and exciting time for most families, from finding out who will be your child’s teacher for the year to buying new supplies and clothing; however, for some families, this time is more of a challenging one. Financial struggles and access to certain amenities can be a burden during the preparation for each new school year, but Operation Backpack is determined to change that. Every year, Operation Backpack provides backpacks filled with school supplies, toiletries, and reusable water bottles to children in need so they can have the necessary items to be prepared and ready to learn.

Trinity Transportation was proud to donate backpacks for this year’s Back to School Rally put on by Operation Backpack for River Rouge schools. The event was held at River Rouge High School on Friday, August 24th, 2018, and was full of families having fun and enjoying the last of summer break. There were bounce houses with slides, free food and bottled water, various vendors, free haircuts, backpacks filled with supplies being handed out, and much more! Home Depot was giving kids aprons to wear and write their names on and had a table where kids could create their very own toolboxes!

The River Rouge Back to School Rally was a great success and we are so honored to have been a partner!

To see more pictures from the Back to School Rally, visit our Facebook page!

Trinity Transportation Hosts Annual Back to School Meeting

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

Every year, Trinity Transportation prepares for the new school year by hosting our annual Back to School Meeting for school bus division employees. During the meeting, company protocol, procedures, and safety measures are reviewed to ensure our employees put their best foot forward for the upcoming school year.

“As an organization, we understand the importance of thorough planning and preparation. That is why each year, before the start of school, we bring together all of our school bus division employees for a back to school startup meeting to review policy changes and receive continuing education training”, Chief Operating Officer Dave Holls stated. “At this year’s meeting, crisis de-escalation and student management on the bus were two highlighted training events everyone participated in.”

Our meeting this year had over 500 attendees, including two special guests from our parent company, National Express: Vice President of Safety Kevin Kilner and Head of Transit Maintenance William Diamond. The day started with an introduction from Dave Holls, who discussed safety initiatives including our ongoing Target Zero campaign. He also discussed the performance of our terminals; what employees should do before, during, and after their routes; and reiterated the Driving out Harm program. Kevin Kilner delivered an important safety message, touching on how imperative it is that we follow all of the guidelines and procedures put in place in order to keep our communities safe.

After lunch, Area General Manager Kevin Dunbar gave training on blood borne pathogens, which prepared employees for cases where bodily fluids are involved. The training took employees through the process of what to do in a medical emergency and how to handle bodily fluids with precaution. Next up was DriveCam coaching, conducted by Dave Holls, and then customer service training from Sales Director Pete Rudnik. The meeting ended with educational videos on preventative techniques for crisis intervention and a discussion about student management.

During the meeting, there were periodic breaks for some fun! Upon arrival, employees were given raffle tickets for a chance to spin the prize wheel and win prizes. A total of 13 prizes were given away, including a Keurig set, Amazon Fire Cube, tablets, a record player, and a five-piece luggage set.

To see more pictures, check out our Facebook page! If you’re interested in being a part of Team Trinity, you can view our open positions and apply here!

Trinity Transportation Acquires Contract with Schools in Northwest Detroit

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

We are excited to announce that Trinity Transportation has become the transportation provider for six schools in the Detroit Public Schools Community District and four charter schools in northwest Detroit! Trinity’s buses will take students to and from school and to and from after-school programs at the Northwest Activities Center. In an effort to keep security high, the city will be implementing a card-swiping system on the buses and at the Northwest Activities Center. This system will send text messages to parents when their children enter and exit the school bus, and when they go to and from after-school programs. As with a lot of our current routes, the buses for these schools will have two adults on board at all times: a driver and an attendant. We are thrilled to continue our relationship with Detroit Public Schools and look forward to helping with the growth of our future students!

Trinity Transportation Donates 10 Laptops to River Rouge Seniors

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

On June 6th, 2018, River Rouge School District hosted their annual Student of the Month event where students were honored for their academic excellence. Trinity Transportation was in attendance and donated 10 laptops to graduating seniors. The event was held at Crystal Gardens in Southgate, Michigan, where dinner and refreshments were served to attendees.

The evening was full of gratitude for administrators, parents, corporate partners, and staff for all of their hard work throughout the school year. The students also received from the principals of their individual schools recognition for going above and beyond this school year.

When it was time for the principal of River Rouge High School to make his speech, he acknowledged the students form each grade, saving the seniors for last. The seniors were commended for their academic achievements, then the announcement was made that Trinity would be giving laptops to the graduating seniors. These students are attending colleges across the country, including Howard University, Eastern Michigan University, Tennessee State University, Wayne State University, and Henry Ford College, and majoring in various subjects such as pre-nursing, pre-law, and robotics. Dave Holls, chief operating officer at Trinity, took to the podium to congratulate all of the students and to hand out the laptops to the seniors.

Trinity Transportation is proud to have worked with River Rouge Schools and honored to be their community partner for over a decade, providing them with safe and reliable transportation while also investing in the children of our community!

We’re Going on a Field Trip!

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Field trips are a fun way to educate children in a non-classroom setting, a break from the everyday norm, but we understand that planning an outing for 20+ students may be a tad stressful, so we want to make the process a little less stressful. We’re going to walk you through what happens once you book your field trip and what you can expect the day of and after!

What to Expect After Booking

After you request a quote and book your trip, one of our reservations specialists will contact you to confirm all details and information are correct and make any needed changes. They will also ask if you have any special requests you would like the driver to know, such as a special pick-up or drop-off location or someone other than you as the main contact for the day of the field trip. Our reservations specialists will contact you again 24 hours before your field trip to ensure everything is good to go and to make any last-minute accommodations necessary.

Day-Of Process

This process is pretty simple! The driver will pick you up in the booked vehicle at the discussed pick-up time and location. You will then be transported to your destination for your field trip. After the field trip is over, you will be taken back to your pick-up location, unless otherwise specified. If for some reason your field trip goes over the scheduled time, you will be charged a late fee that is based on your hourly rate.

After Your Field Trip

If everything goes according to schedule, you will be all set after the day of your field trip! Our reservations specialists may reach out to you to see how everything went and for feedback about your trip.

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!

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.

 

National School Bus Safety Week

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

National School Bus Safety Week is an educational program that encourages students, faculty, parents, and anyone interested to learn about and spread the significance of school bus safety. This week is important for publicizing the safety procedures and dangers associated with school bus transportation.

National School Bus Safety Week takes place every year during the third week of October. This year, October 16th through 20th was National School Bus Safety Week, and Trinity participated by practicing and reviewing school bus safety! This year’s theme was “Stop on Red”, a reminder to always stop when a school bus’s stop sign is out and the red lights are flashing.

Trinity Transportation’s school bus drivers and aides attended Special Saturday on October 14th to kick off National School Bus Safety Week. The day consisted of different classes and training focused on children with special needs, including bus evacuations, learning about children with different disabilities, positive approach to behavior management, and team building strategies.

School bus safety is extremely important, not only for students and bus drivers, but for parents, automobile drivers, and pedestrians. For more information about school bus safety, check out our article!

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!

Trinity Transportation Supports River Rouge School District Operation Backpack Rally

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

For some families, getting ready to go back to school can be a stressful time. Between purchasing backpacks and school supplies to clothes and shoes, it can be hard to cover the costs. This is where Operation Backpack steps in. Operation Backpack provides backpacks filled with school supplies, toiletries, and water bottles to children in need so they can enter the school year prepared and ready to learn.

Trinity Transportation was proud to provide backpacks for the Operation Backpack Back to School Rally on Friday, August 25th, 2017, at River Rouge High School. The event was packed with families enjoying all of the fun activities on a nice summer day. There were three bounce houses with slides, free food and bottled water, school information (and information from various vendors), a slush machine, and much more. Paws from the Detroit Tigers even made an appearance! Home Depot handed out boats for the kids to build and aprons for them to wear (and write their names on!), and Metro PCS was taking individual photos and printing them off with a special frame for families to take home.

Tarence Wheeler, Operation Backpack organizer, said of the event: “Because of our great partnership with Trinity Transportation, we provided over 1,500 backpacks stuffed with school supplies & toiletries for students.  We know that student success is predicated on adult participation. Collectively we can alleviate all non-academic barriers.”

The River Rouge Operation Backpack rally was extremely successful and we are honored to have been a partner!

To see more pictures from the Back to School Rally, take a look at our Facebook page!

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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