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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Railway Age magazine has named Palmetto Railways the 2015 Short Line Railroad of the Year, and Reading & Northern Railroad its 2015 Regional Railroad of the Year. The awards will be presented at the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association's (ASLRRA) annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, March 29, 2015.

Friday, 27 February 2015 13:06

MOU eases Twin Cities LRT squabble

The Metropolitan Council and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, announced a resolution, or at least a truce, over a proposed light rail transit (LRT) line in Minneapolis and nearby communities.

Friday, 27 February 2015 12:22

Galveston to reboot (diesel) streetcar

Galveston, Tex.'s City Council, in a 6-to-1 vote Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, approved proceeding to re-establish the citys 6.8-mile diesel trolley car operation, which was discontinued in 2008.

Thursday, 26 February 2015 11:38

M-1 RFP seeks Detroit streetcar operator

M-1 streetcar representatives on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 said the public-private organization has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking an operator for Detroit's 3.3-mile initial streetcar line.

Thursday, 26 February 2015 10:27

Orlando SunRail expansion faces delay

SunRail regional ("commuter") train service expansions south of the current system into Florida's Osceola County, and north to DeLand, face potential delays of at least six months, Florida's Department of Transportation says.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 13:30

North American freight traffic slumps

Neither U.S. freight carload traffic nor U.S. intermodal volume posted gains in the week ending February 21, 2015, the Association of American Railroads reported Wednesday, Feb. 25 — while Canada and Mexico also traffic also slipped.

A Metrolink train on the system's Ventura County Line hit a truck abandoned at a road-rail grade crossing near Oxnard, Calif., Tuesday morning, Feb. 24, 2015, resulting in numerous injuries, among them four passengers and the train's engineer in critical condition.

Ontario Environment Minister Glen Murray has ruled no environmental assessment will be needed to electrify the Union Pearson Express (UPX) route linking Toronto's Union Station and Lester B. Pearson International Airport.

Monday, 23 February 2015 13:30

January employment gains mask monthly drop

Figures released by the Surface Transportation Board Monday, February 23, 2015, show total Class I railroad employment as of mid-January 2015 rose 1.41% over January 2014 levels, but retreated 3.67% from mid-December 2014 employment numbers.

Monday, 23 February 2015 12:05

MBTA restores full rail transit service

Massachusetts Bay Transporation Authority said Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 it has restored normal service frequency to all branches and stations throughout its core subway and trolley system (the "T") in Greater Boston, including restoration of the hard-hit Mattapan Line.

Monday, 23 February 2015 10:50

OmniTRAX acquires Illinois short line

OmniTRAX announced Monday, Feb, 23, 2015 that its affiliate, Peru Industrial Railroad, Inc., is purchasing Peru Rail Line from the short line’s namesake Illinois City.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 a proposed rule "to increase oversight responsibilities of State Safety Oversight Agencies (SSOAs) by replacing the existing outdated regulatory framework with one designed to better evaluate the effectiveness of a rail transit agency's system safety program."

Friday, 20 February 2015 13:16

Bombardier makes fiscal, personnel moves

Bombardier said Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 that it will raise C$750 million (about US$600 million) through the sale of 339.4 million subscription receipts to a syndicate of underwriters, in order to raise US$2.1 billion to stabilize its financial status.

Thursday, 19 February 2015 10:47

ARI 4Q earnings disappoint Street

St. Charles. Mo.-based American Railcar Industries Inc. reported fourth-quarter net income of $22.7 million, or $1.06 per share, late Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, after the closing bell on Wall Street. Net income was up 3% from the comparable quarter in 2013. The results fell short of Wall Street analyst consensus expectations of $1.09 per share.

Thursday, 19 February 2015 10:16

Trinity Industries reports good 4Q, 2014

Trinity Industries, Inc. released its fourth-quarter earnings late Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, which one Wall Street analyst defined as "solid" results.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 14:36

FreightCar America 4Q, full-year results shine

FreightCar America reported its fourth-quarter and full-year 2014 results Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, after the closing bell on Wall Street, highlighted by positive net earnings in 2013 compared with a net loss in 2013.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 13:54

Sacramento streetcar clears first TOD vote

By a roughly 2-to-1 majority, Sacramento, Calif., property owners along a proposed streetcar route have approved plans to fund $30 million toward the cost of the 3.3-mile, $150 million project.

For the second straight week, U.S. intermodal volume slipped fractionally behind levels of 2014 even as total U.S. freight traffic gained ground, the Association of American Railroads said Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 11:23

Loop Trolley construction looms (again)

Construction of the $43 million St. Louis Loop Trolley could begin next month, local officials said Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, countering mounting speculation that the project had stalled and was unlikely to survive.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 11:04

El Paso issues RFP to rehab PCC cars

El Paso, Tex., may become the next U.S. city to turn to restored President's Conference Committee (PCC) cars in an effort to restore streetcar service.

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