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 volumes wrapped up 2013's first month, and entered its second, on par with a path carved out for more than a year: mixed. U.S. intermodal traffic volume rose a healthy 7.2% during the week ending Feb. 2, measured against the comparable week in 2012, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday. But U.S. carload freight volume fell 3.4% short of last year's levels.

Cincinnati officials Friday said they have signed two agreements with Duke Energy Corp. resolving a conflict generated by the city's initial streetcar line, now under construction.

Thursday, 31 January 2013 11:59

More mixed U.S. freight traffic, AAR reports

U.S. intermodal volume continues to shine as 2013 establishes itself, up 1.6% for the week ending Jan. 26, 2013, measured against the comparable week in 2012, according to the Association of American Railroads. AAR on Thursday noted that offset the ongoing lackluster performance in U.S. freight carload volume, down 6.3% for the week compared with a year ago.

Thursday, 31 January 2013 08:22

Vermont governor seeks more Amtrak service

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has advanced a fiscal year 2014 state budget with funding for restored passenger rail service between Rutland and Burlington, running north-south on the Green Mountain State’s western flank.

Amaro, Italy-based Eurotech Group says it has received a 1.2 million euro ($1.6 million) order to supply on-board rail equipment to Alstom Italy.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013 08:37

PATH resumes Hoboken-WTC service

With little advance notice and a minimum of public relations fanfare, PATH Wednesday morning resumed rail service between Hoboken, N.J., and its World Trade Center Station in downtown Manhattan.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013 12:26

Hotstart makes first Japanese sale

Spokane, Wash.-based Hotstart, Inc. says Japan's Iwate Kaihatsu Railways has installed the company's HOTflow™ CSM Engine Heater on one of its locomotives.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013 10:08

Senate passes Hurricane Sandy relief bill

The Senate Monday, in a 62-to-36 vote, approved an aid package totaling $51 billion for Hurricane Sandy victims, rejecting an amendment to require the relief be offset by cuts to other federal spending. President Obama is expected to sign the bill.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013 09:50

LaHood to step down in February

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, says he will leave the Obama administration in February, ending months of speculation over the possibility of continuing in his role during the administration’s second term.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013 09:27

CP terms 4Q earnings “solid”

Canadian Pacific Tuesday morning announced fourth-quarter diluted per share earnings of C$1.28, exclusive of “significant items,” up 15% from C$1.11 diluted per share earnings, also exclusive of such items, in the fourth quarter of 2011. The railroad called these earnings “solid.”

New Jersey Transit's Hoboken Terminal main waiting room on Monday looked more like a warehouse half-filled with wooden crates than a way station for people, but the waiting room was in fact open for the first time since Hurricane Sandy flooded the century-old building Oct. 29, 2012.

Allaying fears of cutbacks on Amtrak's Empire Corridor service linking Niagara Falls, Buffalo, Albany, and New York City, New York State says it will maintain existing Amtrak service levels with $44.3 million in state support beginning Oct. 1.

Monday, 28 January 2013 12:49

Airport link eyed for SMART rail startup

Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) rail operations, to serve its namesake counties north of San Francisco, may add an airport/rail station stop at Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport, according to local officials.

Monday, 28 January 2013 11:57

NS budgets $2 billion for 2013 capex

Norfolk Southern Monday disclosed its intent to invest $2 billion in 2013 for capital improvements. The largest portion of that amount, $831 million, will be for rail right-of-way upgrades, the company said.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Thursday singled out a rail priority among numerous projects unveiled on Wednesday: restored passenger rail service to Roanoke, Va., in the state's western reaches. McDonnell's interest drew praise from Amtrak President and CEO Joseph Boardman.

Reauthorized rail safety legislation the implementation of two new laws on pipeline safety and hazardous materials safety are on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's agenda in 2013, according to the committee's oversight plan released earlier this week.

U.S. freight carload traffic for the week ending Jan. 19, 2013 was down 3.5% measured against the comparable week in 2012, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday. U.S. intermodal volume kept its positive run going and then some, however, rising 13.5 compared with levels of one year ago.

Thursday, 24 January 2013 09:45

Milwaukee streetcar plans plod ahead

Pro-rail advocates and officials in the city of Milwaukee, continuing to battle anti-rail partisans in the city's namesake county and the state of Wisconsin, continue to plan the start of streetcar right-of-way construction, now set for early 2014.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 11:46

United Streetcar delivers first car to Portland

Clackamas,Ore.-based United Streetcar, LLC has delivered the first of five streetcars ordered by nearby Portland, Ore., months behind original schedule.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 09:06

Newest New Orleans streetcar line to debut

New Orleans plans to formally open its new 1.5-mile Loyola Avenue streetcar line on Monday, Jan. 28, seven days before the Baltimore Ravens face off against the San Francisco 49ers in the Big Easy during Super Bowl XLVII Feb. 3.
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