Trinity Transportation Provides Shuttles for 2019 Maccabi Games

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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!

Trinity Transportation Provides Shuttle for Faster Horses Festival

Monday, July 29th, 2019

For the 7th year in a row, Faster Horses has taken over the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan, to put on their three-day country music festival. Camping, dancing, and singing are the three main staples of this music-filled weekend! This year, more than 40,000 people attended and enjoyed a star-studded lineup.

Keith Urban headlined the festival on Friday, Toby Keith on Saturday, and Zac Brown Band on Sunday. In their company were Maren Morris, Brett Young, LANCO, Old Dominion, Brothers Osborne, Dylan Scott, Cassadee Pope, and more. There were some weather delays on Saturday, but once cleared, the fun continued!

We are proud to have partnered with Faster Horses for our third year as the on-site shuttle provider for daily transportation to and from the campgrounds and the festival. Our drivers and shuttle routes were supervised by Traci Zimmers, the operations manager at Trinity’s Detroit East terminal, who stated, “The three-day Faster Horses event was another success this year! Despite on-the-fly route changes and transporting thousands of passengers, our drivers did an excellent job and put their best foot forward. We were delighted to be a part of the festival again and look forward to continuing this partnership.” Each year, our drivers enjoy meeting new riders and ensuring everyone gets to their destination safely!

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.

Trinity Transportation Supports Local Blessings in a Backpack

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

Blessings in a Backpack is a community-based program that is designed to help meet the weekend nutritional needs of children and families. Each week, meals are provided to “at-risk” students, which are students participating in the government subsidized free or reduced fee hot lunch program. The goal of the Blessings in a Backpack program is to keep these students from going hungry on the weekends and remove the barriers to academic success.

Since its inception in 2012, Trinity Transportation has been providing the busing for Blessings in a Backpack Wyandotte. Every week, 3,000 meals are put together by the students at JoBrighton Skills Center and The Lincoln Center. The food items are delivered by Meijer to JoBrighton and Lincoln. Upon delivery, the students unload the truck, shelve the items, and take inventory. After the items are sorted, the students put together six meals each for 500 students, which equals out to 3 meals per day for the weekend. Once the meals are put together and sorted into bins by school, our buses deliver the bins full of meals to their respective schools.

Every Friday, one of our buses picks up students from JoBrighton and The Lincoln Center and brings them to each school in the Wyandotte School District to deliver the meals. Once the students arrive at the school, they distribute the meals by locker number, hanging the meal bags in the locker of the appropriate student. Once all meals are delivered, the students return to the bus with the meal bins.

We’re proud to be a part of this positive program and assist in nourishing the students in our Wyandotte community. To learn more about Blessings in a Backpack and how you can contribute to the program, please visit http://www.blessingsinabackpackmi.org/.

Trinity Welcomes New Team Members

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

A new year means new team members! We are excited to announce several key personnel additions to our Trinity Transportation leadership team: Chief Operating Officer Jeff Carnicom, Chief Financial Officer Matt White, Regional General Manager Michael Boettcher, Regional Human Resources Manager Athia Johnson-Bowles, Area General Manager (Detroit Region) Sheldon Stewart, and the promotion of Don Holifield to Saginaw General Manager.

Jeff Carnicom brings over 25+ years in transportation, security, logistics, and supply chain management, working with Fortune 500 companies as well as providing services to small to mid-size retailers and financial institutions. Before joining Trinity Transportation, Jeff served as Chief Operating Officer for The Armored Group, an international manufacturer of specialty protection vehicles. Prior to that, he was President of the Midwest Region with Loomis, a Securitas company. Jeff started his career with Wells Fargo in Columbus, Ohio, where he attended Franklin University, majoring in finance. He also served 12 years in the United States Army National Guard as an engineer and instructor at the Ohio Military Academy.

 

Matt White was hired into Trinity in October 2018. He has extensive finance experience working for a number of large companies including Disney, Oracle, Ford, Best Buy, Lands’ End, Amway, and most recently Domino’s Pizza. Most recently, Matt served as an internal consultant for International Master Franchisees located in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa where he aided in turnaround situations, growth strategy development, strategy assessment, as well as mergers and acquisitions. Matt earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from the University of Denver and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Darden Graduate School of Business located at the University of Virginia.

 

Michael Boettcher started his career in 2015 as a general manager overseeing the Aurora terminal of our parent company, National Express. In his time at the Aurora CSC, he managed over 120 routes, 140 buses, and 275 employees. He has extensive experience improving driver safety, increasing profitability, and providing satisfactory customer service to all of our clients. As the Regional General Manager of Trinity Transportation, Michael will supervise all 10 of our General Managers and their CSCs and assist with the daily operations of all of the locations within Trinity.

 

 

Athia Johnson-Bowles brings over 10 years of human resources experience working for Fortune 500 companies such as McDonald’s Corporation, Quicken Loans, and most recently Rite Aid Corporation. She has joined Trinity Transportation to oversee all employee-related functions as it pertains to safety, compliance, engagement, and recruiting. Athia has the ability to build strong relationships with key stakeholders and influence decisions to impact business results.

 

 

 

Sheldon Stewart brings over 20 years of management experience to Trinity Transportation. He has been with National Express for over 6 years, most recently at the school bus operations in New York City and Toronto, Canada, where he served as Area General Manager. During his time as the Area General Manager in New York, Sheldon oversaw 175 routes, 200 drivers and 220 buses. He has extensive knowledge in meeting safety and compliance needs across the board. Sheldon is dedicated to ensuring that all of his employees follow the proper safety precautions as well as stay up to date with compliance needs. At Trinity, Sheldon currently oversees our Detroit East and Detroit West locations.

 

Don Holifield has over 25 years of experience working in the transportation industry.  He joined Trinity in 2013 and worked in many of our locations including Detroit East and Fraser. Don has recently been promoted to General Manager overseeing our Saginaw location.

 

 

 

 

 

Please join us in welcoming all of the newest team members to Trinity Transportation. We look forward to a successful 2019 and beyond!

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!

Thankful and Grateful

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

 

Every year for Thanksgiving, Trinity Transportation gives each employee a turkey for their holiday table, and we were excited to do it again this year! We handed out turkeys to our 1,000+ employees, helping to spread some holiday cheer. The marketing team, Chief Financial Officer Matt White, and Chief Operating Officer Dave Holls traveled to Trinity’s terminals to hand deliver turkeys to employees, which was the perfect way to start our Thanksgiving break.

Since Thanksgiving is about recognizing what we’re grateful for, we asked employees to write down what they are thankful for, and we received some wonderful answers!

At Trinity, we’re thankful for our clients and our employees, and wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving!

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!

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!

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!

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