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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Tuesday, 30 December 2014 14:31

Atlanta Streetcar debuts before year's end

Just beating a deadline vowed last April by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, the 2.7-mile Atlanta Streetcar began passenger operations Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, fulfilling a pledge to begin service before the end of the year.

Monday, 29 December 2014 16:18

Trial balloon on PATH cutbacks draws fire

New Jersey interests, ranging from the mayors of Jersey City and Hoboken to the statewide rail passenger advocacy group, slammed a proposal slipped under the holiday weekend news radar by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PA) to consider several options downgrading PATH rapid transit service, which links New York and New Jersey urban points.

Monday, 29 December 2014 11:01

Mudslide nixes Sound Transit service

Seattle's Sound Transit pre-emptively annulled train service Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, anticipating disruptions due to forecast heavy rain. Its action proved wise, as mudslides affected BNSF right-of-way, over which Sound Transit service runs.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014 10:56

STB: Massachusetts can buy short line assets

The Surface Transportation Board on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 gave preliminary approval to Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) to acquire "certain physical railroad assets" from Canaan, Conn.-based short line Housatonic Railroad Co., Inc.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014 10:00

Charleston, S.C., area groups seek streetcars

Add Charleston, S.C., to the list of U.S. cities pondering reinstallation of streetcar service, at least on an unofficial level.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014 09:04

Atlanta streetcar to open Dec. 30

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, that the 2.7-mile Atlanta streetcar line would be officially launched for service on Dec. 30, fulfilling a pledge by the mayor last April to open the line before the end of 2014.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014 10:09

Detroit M-1 Rail finalizes tax credit funding

Supporters of Detroit's M-1 (or M1) streetcar project said Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, that agreements had been "finalized for the second phase of an approximately $40 million total in New Markets Tax Credit [NMTC] financing."

Monday, 22 December 2014 10:31

D.C. streetcar debut by New Year's eve?

All six of Washington, D.C.'s streetcars, including the youngest three delivered by United Streetcar, LLC, are undergoing what District Department of Transportation (DDOT) describes as pre-revenue operation, generating speculation that DDOT's H Street Line may open just before 2014 ends.

Monday, 22 December 2014 09:14

Anaheim streetcar assessment release delayed

An environmental assessment of Anaheim Rapid Connection (ARC) streetcar plans, set to be released this year, won't be made public until 2015, Anaheim, Calif., city officials said.

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.

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