Heading To Orientation For Melton Truck Lines

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Christian F.'s Comment
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Uggg I am not having a good trip.... riding the Grayhound and had a layover in Pittsburgh. ... when got off bus the original driver said my bags would stay on the bus as the were checked for Youngtown.... we back out of Pittsburgh terminal and it looked like someone might have pulled it off the bus and the driver didn't even check a left bag ..... I am praying it was not mine... there was only 3 people on the bus that were reboard passengers

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

JuiceBox's Comment
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Uggg I am not having a good trip.... riding the Grayhound and had a layover in Pittsburgh. ... when got off bus the original driver said my bags would stay on the bus as the were checked for Youngtown.... we back out of Pittsburgh terminal and it looked like someone might have pulled it off the bus and the driver didn't even check a left bag ..... I am praying it was not mine... there was only 3 people on the bus that were reboard passengers

I took a greyhound to Tulsa, it was one of the worst experiences I've ever had. For future reference, you can rent a car and melton will reimburse you up to the cost of the bus ticket

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Christian F.'s Comment
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Yeah I hope I never have to use them again.....

Christian F.'s Comment
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Yeah my bag is found

Christian F.'s Comment
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So at the hotel ... met roommate and hitting sack before eventful day tomorrow. ... looking forward to the first big step towards my new career

Susan D. 's Comment
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Glad your baggage wasn't lost, because it can sure happen. On my own ride on the ole grey dawg, even though it was a mere 12 hour ride, I had to change busses twice.. in Chicago and again to a Burlington Trailways bus in Davenport, IA. We were responsible for making sure our luggage made it to the next bus each time. Some passengers that we're headed to CRST weren't so lucky lol. On that Burlington bus, it was me and about 30 people headed to CRST's school. They dropped me off at the bus station in cedar rapids, because the hotel shuttle was waiting there for me and took everyone else to the CRST school, which is directly behind my company's terminal. It was strange the way that was done. I guess they have dorm room type accomodations at their cdl school, because I know their drivers use the same hotels we do.

Congratulations on your new adventure. You've chosen a great company.

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.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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.
JuiceBox's Comment
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I'd imagine they are going to send you home for Christmas and have a trainer pick you up from home or near there. If so, go the rental car route lol. I went to orientation right before Thanksgiving and we were all given the choice to stay at the hotel or go home in rental cars. Most of us could pair up or triple up and drop people off along the way. I will come out of pocket for travel before I get on the greyhound again.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I'd imagine they are going to send you home for Christmas and have a trainer pick you up from home or near there. If so, go the rental car route lol. I went to orientation right before Thanksgiving and we were all given the choice to stay at the hotel or go home in rental cars. Most of us could pair up or triple up and drop people off along the way. I will come out of pocket for travel before I get on the greyhound again.

I'm with you. Wolding said they would reimburse a rental car, but even if they didn't, I would still have rented one.

Turtle's Comment
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Best of luck to you Christian. All of us here are behind you. Let us know if we can help.

Yeah I opted to fly to my orientation too instead of taking the dawg. Cost $300 and change to fly, and I was reimbursed the cost of a bus ticket, around $130. Well worth it considering the flight took like four hours and the bus would have been 44hrs.

Christian F.'s Comment
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So update first day is now done... did paperwork and binder/strap intros... also some safety/driving videos (what NOT to do and what will/can happen). Seems like a pretty good fit so far... tomorrow probably road test and physical tests.... fingers crossed (I have non- insulin diabetes)

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