Douglas John Bowen

Douglas John Bowen

Douglas John Bowen is Managing Editor of RAILWAY AGE. He also served as Editor of Intermodal Age from 1989 to 1991, and has held various positions at Inbound Logistics magazine, High Speed Transport News, The Journal of Commerce, and CNN/Money. Bowen began his journalism career at the Asbury Park Press, a New Jersey daily newspaper. A graduate of Rutgers University, Bowen resides in Hoboken, N.J. He served as president of the New Jersey Association of Railroad Passengers (NJ-ARP) from 1987 to 2000 and again from 2004 to 2010, serving on the NJ-ARP board from 1984 until 2012; he remains a member of the statewide organization.

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Friday, 19 December 2014 12:43

Class I employment rises in November

Figures released by the Surface Transportation Board Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, show total Class I railroad employment as of mid-November 2014 rose 4.07% to 169,845, from mid-November 2013, and also added 621 positions from mid-October 2014, a rise of 0.37%.

Thursday, 18 December 2014 14:07

North American freight rail gains continue

U.S. freight rail traffic continued gaining over 2013 levels in the week ending Dec. 13, 2014, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday, Dec. 18.

Thursday, 18 December 2014 12:09

RailComm moves to new datacenter

Fairport, N.Y.-based RailComm said Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 it has "migrated to a new datacenter in response to increased operations through its hosted delivery service."

Thursday, 18 December 2014 10:08

Auto Truck Group announces new facility

Auto Truck Group on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 announced a new work truck and commercial van upfitting and manufacturing facility in O'Fallon, Mo., set to open before month's end.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 13:35

45 G tax credit extended through 2014

U.S. Senate approval Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, of 45-G, by a 76-to-16 vote, has assured passage of the measure, part of H.R. 5771, The Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, and providing a fiscal boost to freight railroads, particularly short line and regional operations.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 11:26

APTA: Rail powers 3Q transit ridership gains

More than 2.7 billion trips were taken on U.S. public transportation in the third quarter of 2014, up 1.8% from the comparable quarter in 2013, according American Public Transportation Association (APTA), releasing a report Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Rail transit ridership was a driving factor.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 11:00

TTC OKs station debit, credit card use

Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) customers will be able to use debit and credit cards to purchase fares at fare booths beginning New Year's Day, 2015.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 09:27

Dearborn, Mich., dedicates transit center

Dearborn, Mich. Mayor John B. O'Reilly, Jr. presided at ceremonies Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 marking the debut of the city's new intermodal passenger rail station, the John D. Dingell Transit Center.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 09:02

Oklahoma City eyes Inekon, Brookville options

Prague, Czech Republic-based Inkeon Group a.s., appears to be the frontrunner among four streetcar suppliers bidding for Oklahoma City's MAPS 3 project, with Brookville Equipment Corp. still a factor as well.

Monday, 15 December 2014 12:16

STB grants CHSRA preemption request

The Surface Transportation Board issued a declaratory order per request by the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) to limit injunctions against California's intrastate high speed rail project through use of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), among other items reiterating its belief that STB itself has clear title of oversight to the project.

Monday, 15 December 2014 10:19

MTA eyes more Canarsie Line capacity

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) seeks federal funds to add infrastructure and increase capacity on its Canarsie "L" line linking Brooklyn and Manhattan, currently handling huge increases in passenger traffic.

Monday, 15 December 2014 09:36

Amtrak readies Vermonter reroute

A long-awaited reroute of Amtrak's Vermonter will commence on Dec. 29, 2014, as the nation's intercity passenger carrier begins serving Greenfield and Northampton, Mass. on a more direct route along the so-called "Knowledge Corridor" stretching from New Haven, Conn., to St. Albans, Vt.

Friday, 12 December 2014 11:20

Sacramento businesses mull tax for streetcar

Sacramento, Calif., downtown businesses next month will vote on creating a tax district designed to generate $30 million for a proposed streetcar project, initiated by neighboring West Sacramento in 2008 and designed to link up with existing Regional Transit District (RTD) light rail service in the state capital.

Friday, 12 December 2014 10:35

AECOM team gets Southwest LRT work

Minnesota's Metropolitan Council, overseeing public transit expansion in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and nearby suburbs, has awarded $117 million contract to Los Angeles-based AECOM to complete the remaining engineering of the Southwest Light Rail Transit line from Minneapolis to Eden Prairie.

Friday, 12 December 2014 09:36

STB enjoys "best places" ranking

The Surface Transportation Board on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, noted that for the sixth consecutive year, it "has been ranked No. 1 among small federal agencies by the Partnership for Public Service (PPS)," through the latter's 2014 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings.

Thursday, 11 December 2014 13:32

Freight traffic gets good December start

North American freight rail traffic notched gains over comparable 2013 levels as the month of December began, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014.

Thursday, 11 December 2014 09:52

Fed spending bill aids Maryland rail projects

Maryland state officials, state media outlets, and rail advocates are voicing cautious enthusiasm over funds identified in the fiscal year 2015 federal spending bill, still to be passed, for both Baltimore's Red Line light rail transit project and the bicounty Purple Line LRT route spanning across northeast Washington, D.C., suburbs.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 10:21

Advocates release Ontario HSR study

A "previously unreleased" high speed rail pre-feasibility study was highlighted on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 by High Speed Rail Canada, an advocacy group, which urged the Ontario provincial government to advance London-Kitchener-Toronto high speed rail service.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 09:58

Milwaukee adds to streetcar proposal

A Milwaukee Common Council committee voted on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, to advance Mayor Tom Barrett's plan for two tax incremental financing districts (TIF) to pay for the city's proposed downtown streetcar, opposed by county and state political officials.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 08:33

North Dakota: Treat Bakken crude for transport

North Dakota has ordered producers of oil from the Bakken shale field to begin removing flammable natural gas liquids from the product before crude-by-rail (CBR) transport to other locations.

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