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Rainy:

You did 36 hours on the bus? OMG that must have been quite a trip! I'm SOOO glad I flew in cause I heard the bus I would have been on broke down twice and had a 10 hour layover in Dallas or something. I can't imagine that. I know the people that did come in on that bus looked like they'd been through the ringer. They were exhausted and hungry. I felt so bad for them, but I was so grateful to have flown United. I don't think they advertise the fact that they will reimburse you for the price of the bus ticket if you take some other form of transportation to get here. A few people drove their cars (would have been really nice) and they reimbursed them for gas up to the price of the bus ticket. My recruiter told me there really wasn't enough parking for personal vehicles, but the people that did drive in don't seem to have much of a problem.

The catch is you have to wait until you get your CDL to get that money back. It might be that you get reimbursed in TNT but I'm not 100 percent sure on that one. Maybe someone else here at Prime knows? Anyway, those Greyhounds sure have gone down quite a bit. They used to be pretty nice but NO ONE likes "The Hound."

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14ยข per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

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