Archive for January, 2015

Everyone is making their picks for the big game this weekend, including the team at BAT.

The Seattle Seahawks are the favorite here, with 50 percent of the votes.

“Age and talent level at Seattle will override the age and hard work of Patriots,” explained Chuck Kizer.
BAT picks

The New England Patriots got only a third of the votes, not including a vote for just Tom Brady winning the game.

“They will use deflategate as a chip on their shoulders and win by 10,” Steve Barnes said of the Patriots. “Although, I’m starting to hope they lose.”

Showing how much we love our college sports (or, perhaps how little we know or care about the difference), the Huskers even got a vote to win the NFL’s championship game!

If you are still planning your party for Sunday, check out the recipes we shared last year.

 

There’s a lot of division between Republicans and President Obama, but transportation appears to be one thing they can agree on funding.

In his State of the Union address (for which Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx was absent- he was the cabinet member picked to skip the speech in case the worst happens),  Obama asked Congress to pass an infrastructure plan, and members of Congress agree something needs to be done to repair our roads.

Learn more by reading The Hill’s article, “New hope for deal on infrastructure funds.”

It’s likely you’ve seen at least one on the news– a train derails, but, even worse, it’s carrying crude oil that causes a major explosion. There has been an increase in rail shipments of crude oil over the years, which is likely part of the reason accidents are also increasing. The primary tank cars for transporting crude oil are also old and could be replaced with newer, tougher cars.

As a result, the DOT proposed new rules last year on the rail shipments of flammable liquid. The proposed rules included phasing out old equipment and placing a lower speed limit on cargo trains carrying high-hazard flammable liquids like crude oil and ethanol.

The final rules were expected today, but VICE News reports the DOT said it won’t be able to publish those rules until May. Either way, new rules are coming, and companies that ship these liquids may want to start planning for any upgrades needed.

 

15-1-5-On-Highway_Diesel_Fuel_PricesIt may be 2015, but the gas prices are making us feel like we traveled back in time.

Diesel prices dropped to $3.137 this week, a price we haven’t seen since 2010, according to the Energy Information Administration.

This price is also $.076 less than last week’s price and $.773 less than last year’s price this week.

To see the numbers, visit the website for the EIA’s Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update.