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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Thursday, 17 April 2014 13:00

U.S. freight traffic gains ground again

The winning streak continued for all U.S. rail freight traffic during the week ending April 12, 2014, measured against the comparable week in 2013, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday, April 17.

Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:25

KCS: Record revenue, good earnings in 1Q

Kansas City Southern reported net income in its 2014 first quarter of $94 million, or 85 cents per diluted share, slipping from $104 million, or 94 cents per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2013. But excluding the impacts of lease termination costs, foreign exchange rate fluctuations, and debt retirement costs, adjusted diluted earnings per share for first quarter 2014 was $1.05, compared with 89 cents in the first quarter of 2013, an 18% increase, KCS said.

Thursday, 17 April 2014 08:31

DART test train reaches D/FW Airport

DART's first light rail transit consist operated over five new miles of the Orange Line Wednesday, April 16, 2014, testing the extension for future service to and from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Atlanta's initial modern streetcar line will open this year, though perhaps not until late December, according to Mayor Kasim Reed.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 10:58

Two firms eyed for big LACMTA contract

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) analysts are recommending two contractors be selected to construct the Downtown Regional Connector, improving connections among LA's subway and light rail lines.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 08:50

CSX 1Q earnings slip, but beat Street

CSX Corp. announced late Tuesday, April 15, 2014 first-quarter net earnings of $398 million, or 40 cents per share, down from $462 million, or 45 cents per share, in the same quarter of 2013. But that still beat Wall Street analyst consensus estimates of 38 cents per share.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 08:20

Judicial decision aids San Antonio streetcar

VIA Metropolitan Transit officials in San Antonio, Tex., on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, welcomed a judicial ruling that any appeal of a decision to use bonds to build a new multimodal station, to be used by streetcars among other modes, must pay nearly $4 million.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 09:48

MPO backs SMART Larkspur funding plan

Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) has maintained that success of its passenger rail startup in its California namesake counties was ultimately linked to ferry service to and from San Francisco. That vision now has been endorsed by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the Bay Area's metropolitan planning organization (MPO).

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 08:37

STB: BNSF, KCS, UP mediation "mandatory"

The Surface Transportation Board is directing BNSF Railway, Kansas City Southern Railway, and Union Pacific to "Engage in mandatory mediation to resolve" the issue of trackage rights over nine miles of right-of-way in Texas and Louisiana.

WTS International, the association for the professional advancement of women in transportation, announced the selection of the winners of its seven scholarships for 2014 on Monday, April 14, 2014.

Monday, 14 April 2014 10:50

STV guides NS Ohio yard expansion

STV Group, Inc. said Monday, April 14, 2014 it has helped guide a major expansion at Norfolk Southern's Bellevue Yard in Ohio, which when completed "will make the facility one of the largest rail car classification and switching yards of its kind in North America."

MTA Long Island Rail Road has launched a $120 million construction program designed to protect the railroad's Long Beach Branch from the kind of devastating damage caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

Monday, 14 April 2014 09:30

Tucson streetcar line nears readiness

Six of eight streetcars ordered by Tucson, Ariz., for its Sun Link service have arrived in the city as Tucson prepares to launch passenger service, tentatively on July 25, 2014.

Friday, 11 April 2014 10:53

San Diego, Tijuana seek cross-border LRT

Light rail transit operations operating across national borders is an established procedure in Europe, even as U.S. LRT operations across state boundaries remain rare. But San Diego, Calif., and neighboring Tijuana, Baja Norte, have revived plans for LRT service spanning the U.S.-Mexico border.

Amid a flurry of announced rail funding programs, Illinois has identified $60 million for re-establishing Amtrak service linking Chicago and Rockford, Ill., as early as late next year. Amtrak's Black Hawk last connected the two cities in 1981.

Wednesday, 09 April 2014 10:05

Study questions truck size, weight increases

At a morning news conference April 9, 2014 in Washington, D.C., findings from a recent report, An Analysis of Truck Size and Weight Issues, Phase I – Safety, were officially released, detailing the risks and detrimental impacts of increased truck sizes and weights on the nation's roadways and the American motoring public.

Wednesday, 09 April 2014 08:55

Amtrak awards Empire Corridor contract work

Amtrak has awarded engineering company Michael Baker Jr., Inc. a $4.2 million contract for construction management and inspection services involving several projects on its Empire Corridor in New York State.

The Vermont House of Representatives passed a resolution Tuesday, April 8, 2014, supporting a "Western Corridor" extension of passenger rail service from Rutland, Vt., to Burlington, the state's largest city.

Connecticut's Department of Transportation (CDOT) will solicit proposals for an operator for Amtrak's New Haven-Hartford-Springfield route beginning in 2016, according to Gov. Dannel Malloy. The RFP will be issued within the next year.

Alsip, Ill.-based Railhead Corp. said Monday, April 7, 2014 Fred Cozzi has been hired as Vice President Sales & Marketing.

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