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Most of us grew up reading the words of Dr. Seuss. He inspired us to try new things on trains and boats, told us of the places we’ll go and that we can find fun everywhere. Tomorrow is his birthday.

While modes of transportation (okay, and fish) always seem to pop up in his books, one book in particular had 37. In Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!, Dr. Seuss suggests feet, a jet and a zumble-zay as just a few ways to leave.

While we love all the creative modes of transportation, we also love the lessons we can still learn as adults from his stories. In Horton Hatches the Egg, for example, we learn the rewards of being faithful.

So, whether you have a bike, crank-car or mountain mover, get your hands on a Dr. Seuss book this weekend and see how he can continue to inspire you. Not sure where to start? Here are some of the BAT team members’ favorite Seuss books:

  • Steve Barnes- Green Eggs and Ham, followed by There’s a Wocket in My Pocket
  • Ralph Blank- Wacky Wednesday
  • Lacey Carlson- One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
  • Katie Forney- The Lorax
  • Marissa Hough- Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
  • Ashley Jankowski- Fox in Socks or Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
  • Joe Kier- Hop on Pop
  • Cindy Moreno- Fox in Socks
  • Krysten Parrish- Green Eggs and Ham
  • Maureen Shea- Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

In his blog last week, US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood explained plans to help our ecomony by improving the way goods get from here to there.

“If we want our economy to continue growing, we need to move increasing volumes of freight,” he wrote. “And that means we need a more comprehensive system of arteries with smoother connections, more efficient transfer points, and planning that integrates our different modes of transportation.”

The same day, LaHood announced the establishment of a National Freight Advisory Committee to provide recommendations for improving the freight system. He also announced the creation of a national freight network, which would focus on improving existing roads for our truckers. Both are the result of the transportation bill passed over the summer (MAP-21).

Read LaHood’s blog
See the USDOT press release

Most people remember Abraham Lincoln’s role in abolishing slavery and the Civil War. But, he did something else probably still fresh on the minds of 5th graders.

The former railroad attorney connected people and resources of the two coasts of the United States with the transcontinental railroad. While he was dead before the first rails were laid, Lincoln did sign the act creating the railroad in 1862.

Read more about Lincoln and his ties to Union Pacific on the company’s website.

One 8-year-old girl in the Council Bluffs area did something that really touched us. She cut her hair.

But, that isn’t the whole story. She did it to support her father and help kids who lost their hair because of cancer.

Click here to read the story.

Click here to learn more about Locks of Love.

Union Pacific Railroad had its safest year ever for employees, the company reported yesterday. The best part? The previous best was the previous year!

Union Pacific touts its employees’ commitment to caring, as well as its innovative technology to improve safety. For more information, read the company’s press release.

Congratulations, Union Pacific!

Depending on the state and even county, a small chunk of the price on gasoline is taxes to fund projects. Thanks to people either going green or just trying to save money, the taxes haven’t raised as much as they used to lately.

As a result, lawmakers are looking at new ways to tax drivers to generate the funds needed. One idea is to tax drivers based on the miles they drive.

Read this Associated Press article about the taxes, and tell us what you think in the comments below.

Truckers are required to stop for a rest to maintain safety, but limited parking makes the task hard on drivers. Minnesota may have found a solution to the problem.

The state’s Department of Transportation is testing technology that will let truck drivers know if parking is available at the next rest stop. Testing starts this month with one rest area along I-94, and is expected to expand to the other rest stops once testing is completed in April.

For details, visit

CSX is getting noticed for its good work.

The Dividend Channel ranked the railroad company 16th on its “Top 25 Socially Responsible Dividend Stocks” list. To make the list, companies were judged on the environmental impact of business practices, as well as impacts on society.


All of us at BAT Logistics wish all of you happiness and health in 2013.

In 2012, BAT saw its biggest month ever, was able to expand its staff and moved its headquarters as a result of the growth. BAT was also able to help others by giving to Dollar General Literacy Foundation, Fisher House Foundation and Operation Homefront. By the end of the year, BAT joined the American Society of Transportation and Logistics.

We cannot wait to see what 2013 brings us, and we would like to you to hang around for the ride.



Maleah Miller proudly holds her symbolic check as
Vice Principal Clyde Brawell looks on.

CONYERS, Ga.– BAT Logistics, one of the fastest growing 3PL providers of transportation services, awarded the winners of the Transportation Art Contest at Sims Elementary School in Conyers, Ga. The seven students were announced and awarded their Visa gift card prizes during a ceremony at the school today, Dec. 17.

For the Pre-K to First Grade category, Yesenia Cheban won first place, Maleah Miller won second place and Christina Luong won third. Jaelyn Miller was the sole winner in the Second to Third Grade category. In the Fourth to Fifth Grade category, Tony Silva won first place, Max Thomas won second place and Janie Carroll won third place.

First place winners all won $75 gift cards, second place won $40 and third place won $20 so that they each could purchase their very own new mode of transportation. In addition to the gift cards (and large symbolic checks!) the students received at the ceremony, their artwork will be posted on BAT’s Facebook page throughout the week for all to admire.

In art class starting in mid-November, students were asked to draw and color a mode of transportation. The entries were judged in three grade groupings: Pre-K/Kindergarten/First, Second/Third and Fourth/Fifth.

The contest did not cost the school, students or community anything. BAT even provided the art classes with paper and markers for the contest. Last year was the first year of the contest.

About BAT Logistics
Backhaul and Track Logistics d/b/a BAT Logistics provides transportation solutions to the shipping community. Our core strength is full truck load services in dry, refrigerated, and rail commodities. Our services are executed using key national carriers with a focus on small to medium sized carriers. We operate in headhaul and backhaul lanes both regionally and cross-country. We also utilize door-to-door rail services that cover the entire nation. Our industry knowledge and experience using rail transportation gives us a clear and distinct advantage over the competition.

Phone – 4028858100
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Council Bluffs, IA 51501