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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U.S. freight traffic scored another advance during the week ending June 21, 2014, aided by intermodal volume the Association of American Railroads described Thursday, June 26, as "the highest week in history ... topping the previous record set last week."

Wednesday, 25 June 2014 12:05

Detroit City Council OKs streetcar line

Permits approved Tuesday, June 24, 2014 by the Detroit City Council have cleared the way for groundbreaking to occur sometime this summer on the city's public-private partnership M1 streetcar project.

Chicagoland's Metra on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, joined local elected officials and to mark the completion of a $4.5 million renovati0on of Metra's Cicero Station on the BNSF Line.

San Antonio City Attorney Robbie Greenblum has issued a memo noting VIA Metropolitan Transit is not required to obtain permission from the city to advance streetcar development along city rights-of-way.

An anti-rail citizens coalition has abandoned its legal challenge against Ion light rail transit development in Ontario's Region of Waterloo, which includes the municipalities of Waterloo, Kitchener, and Cambridge.

Friday, 20 June 2014 09:47

IANA, AAR offer intermodal counsel

The Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) and the Association of American Railroads (AAR) will jointly offer educational sessions highlighting intermodal's significant and growing role in railroads' transportation mix, beginning with this year's Intermodal EXPO 2014.

The League of Railway Industry Women (LRIW) says it is now accepting nominations for its 2014 Outstanding Woman of the Year Award.

Plans to electrify the GO Transit regional rail network, previously pegged as a 10-year, C$1.8 billion endeavor, may prove problematic, Metrolinx CEO Bruce McCuaig has acknowledged.

Thursday, 19 June 2014 15:02

"Green" railroads and Box Turtles

One hears the word "green" more than ever at any given rail conference, not without reason. Most in the rail world, naturally enough, apply the allusion to themselves and their fellow human beings. Most want a cleaner, greener world, a better environment, for themselves and their children. I do that, too. But I also use the Box Turtle as a standard measurement, and I insist the latter measurement shows rail transport, once again, to be the superior land mode.

All three major North American nations saw freight traffic gains during the week ending June 14, 2014, measured against the comparable week in 2013, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday, June 19. But U.S. intermodal volume, maintaining its longstanding momentum, was a star performer.

Thursday, 19 June 2014 10:31

Holland receives honors from TTX

Holland LP said Wednesday, June 18, 2014 it has received the "TTX Excellent Supplier" designation based on its overall SECO (Supplier Evaluation Committee) evaluation.

Thursday, 19 June 2014 08:56

M1 project still a go, backers say

A projected $12 million funding gap will not deter continued planning for Detroit's M1 (or M-1) streetcar line, project supporters have vowed.

Friday, 13 June 2014 08:52

Siemens: St. Paul S70 LRVs tailor-made

St. Paul's Central Corridor light rail line, making its service debut Saturday, June 14, 2014, will feature Siemens S70 light rail vehicles tailored to address the city's specific needs, a Siemens spokespersons said Thursday, June 12.

OmniTRAX said Thursday, June 12, 2014, it will manage the Brownsville & Rio Grande International Railroad, a short line railway based in Brownsville, Tex. As well, OmniTRAX will also develop a large-scale industrial park on land owned by the Brownsville Navigation District (BND) of Cameron County, the parent governmental body of the Port of Brownsville.

U.S. and Canadian freight traffic maintained positive momentum during the week ending June 7, 2014, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday, June 12. Mexican intermodal volume also logged into the win column.

Addressing the Railway Age Crude By Rail Conference in Arlington, Va., Thursday, June 12, 2014, Association of American Railroads (AAR) President and CEO Edward R. Hamberger detailed the many steps freight railroads are taking to boost the safety of moving crude oil by rail.

Thursday, 12 June 2014 09:03

Miner touts AggreGate outlets sale

Miner Enterprises Inc. said Thursday, June 12, 2014 that "a Class I railroad has selected Miner's 5-foot manual AggreGate® outlets for 54 new ballast cars currently being built by FreightCar America, Inc." Miner did not identify the end-use customer.

U.S. coal use for electricity generation may be declining, and U.S. freight railroads may be delivering less coal as a result. But rail still is by far the modal choice for remaining demand, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's June 11, 2014 "Today in Energy" brief.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 10:56

SEPTA braces for regional rail strike

SEPTA management appears willing to endure a strike to its regional rail system, possibly beginning this Saturday, June 14, 2014, rather than delay such action until winter, when weather is more severe and system ridership is higher.

Operation Lifesaver, Inc. said Tuesday, June 10, 2014, that the application period is now open for a total of $150,000 in grant funds for transit agencies and other local governmental entities for rail transit safety education and public awareness initiatives.

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