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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San Diego's Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) says its public transit network generated 95,010,550 in fiscal year 2014, which ended June 30, 2014, up 11.5% from FY13 and a record.

Light rail transit ridership on the new Green Line (Central Corridor) in St. Paul has been strong, exceeding some projections, in its first weeks of operation, even as complaints about trip times have surfaced.

Thursday, 21 August 2014 12:23

Gains again for U.S. freight traffic

U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Aug. 16, 2014 kept its winning streak rolling, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday, Aug. 21.

Thursday, 21 August 2014 09:20

Wabtec acquires Brazilian manufacturer

Wabtec Corp. said Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 it has acquired Dia-Frag, a manufacturer of friction products based in Monte Alto, Brazil. Dia-Frag has annual sales of about $40 million. Wabtec did not disclose any financial details of acquisition.

Thursday, 21 August 2014 08:29

Oregon OKs CBR terminal expansion

One day after Oregon denied a permit for a coal export terminal on the Columbia River, a separate state body has approved plans to expand a crude-by-rail (CBR) transfer terminal serving trains and barge traffic.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 09:11

Chesapeake, Va., intensifies LRT effort

Seeking to maintain recent momentum to add light rail transit, the Chesapeake, Va., City Council on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 voted to officially ask Hampton Roads Transit, operator of The Tide LRT, to help Chesapeake locate adequate funding for a $1.8 million study of the proposal.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 08:29

Class I employment gains again in July

Figures released by the Surface Transportation Board show total Class I railroad employment as of mid-July 2014 rose 1.94% to 167, 138, from mid-July 2013, and also added 99 positions from mid-June 2014, a rise of 0.6%.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 10:57

STB summons CP, BNSF to service hearing

The Surface Transportation Board late Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, announced it will hold a public field hearing on Sept. 4, 2014 "to provide interested persons and parties the opportunity to report on service problems in the United States rail network, to hear from rail industry executives on their efforts to address service problems, and to discuss additional options to improve rail service."

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 10:30

Oregon rejects coal export terminal plan

Oregon's Department of State Lands on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, denied a permit for construction of a coal export project on the Columbia River to bolster international coal export.

Monday, 18 August 2014 13:18

OmniTRAX Canada suspends CBR moves

OmniTRAX Canada said Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 it would "suspend its plans to ship crude oil for the foreseeable future," even as it "anticipates a record shipping season in 2014."

Ontario's Region of Waterloo has launched a new website designed to keep residents and other interested parties updated on ION light rail transit construction, set to become intensive as 2015 begins.

Monday, 18 August 2014 07:56

DART links LRT to D/FW Airport

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) formally opened its Orange Line Light Rail Transit extension to its new northwestern terminus at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.

Opponents continue to snipe at the proposed Southwest Corridor Light Rail Project, sought by the Metropolitan Council as the third LRT line to serve Minneapolis/St. Paul and surrounding municipalities.

Friday, 15 August 2014 08:10

Harris County MTA eyes UP right-of-way

Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Tex, (Houston's METRO) has filed a motion with the Surface Transportation Board to formally acquire nearly 58 miles of right-of-way from Union Pacific Railroad .

Thursday, 14 August 2014 13:55

U.S. freight traffic maintains momentum

U.S. freight rail traffic continued gaining substantially during the first full week of August, ending Aug. 9, 2014, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday, Aug. 14.

Thursday, 14 August 2014 12:34

Atlanta streetcar testing to begin

Testing begins Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, on the 2.7-mile initial Atlanta Streetcar route, to be served by four Siemens S70 streetcars.

Thursday, 14 August 2014 09:10

Two-thirds of Research Triangle in on LRT

Light rail transit plans got the backing of officials in Durham and Orange counties, N.C., on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, setting the stage for a concerted effort to secure federal funding for a regional LRT system covering the central core of the Tar Heel State's famed Research Triangle (officially the Raleigh–Durham–Chapel Hill Combined Statistical Area).

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 10:54

STB backs CHSRA second segment

The Surface Transportation Board has ruled that the California High-Speed Rail Authority "is authorized to construct a 114-mile high-speed passenger rail line between Fresno and Bakersfield, Cal., subject to environmental mitigation conditions," thus giving the state's high speed rail effort more momentum.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 10:24

Amid strike, Bombardier moves three Rockets

A strike by 900 workers continues at Bombardier Transportation's Thunder Bay, Ontario, plant, but the company still moved the first three of 420 Toronto Rocket subway cars for delivery to Canada's largest city on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 09:14

SCVTA to close LRT station, add track

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority has authorized closing its Evelyn light rail transit station in Moutain View, Calif., with plans to add a second track at the site to ease an operations bottleneck.

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