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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Wednesday, 05 September 2012 07:35

Bombardier Chinese order is adjusted

Bombardier Transportation said Wednesday its Chinese joint venture, Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation Ltd., has accepted a variation order by the Chinese Ministry of Railways (MOR).

Tuesday, 04 September 2012 12:22

BNSF touts Bakken field capacity expansion

BNSF Railway said Tuesday it has increased capacity this year to enable the railroad to haul 1 million barrels of oil per day out of the Williston Basin in North Dakota and Montana.

Tuesday, 04 September 2012 09:12

MBTA readies mobile app ticket purchasing

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Monday initiated a pilot project to allow passenger rail riders to purchase and display their tickets on smart phones.

Tuesday, 04 September 2012 07:54

Thales awarded Norwegian rail contract

Thales said Tuesday Jernbaneverket (JBV), the Norwegian rail administration, awarded a framework agreement to deliver a new interlocking system, The initial 33 million euro ($41.5 million) phase includes three signaling projects, involving the Sandnes-Stavanger line, the Ganddal cargo terminal, and Høvik station.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is alerting U.S. transit operators "to prepare to meet new federal regulations that the Department plans on proposing in the near future. " LaHood offered the notice in a letter dated Aug. 28.

The Midwest High Speed Rail Association (MHSRA) says Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn recently signed state House Bill HB4078, strongly backed by the association, “which allows the Illinois Toll Highway Authority to use all of its existing powers to construct railroad tracks.” Such authority is generally, and often explicitly, banned in many states within the U.S.

Friday, 31 August 2012 08:57

In praise of Metro-North Railroad

Railway Age Publisher Jonathan Chalon and I were in the field Aug. 29 visiting a short line railroad in New England, a pleasant and informative experience in itself that we'll report on in the near future. But I got the two-fer that day: I met Jonathan in New Canaan, Conn., courtesy of Metro-North Railroad, one of the best regional passenger railroads in North America.

Friday, 31 August 2012 07:17

MUNI E Line gets good initial reviews

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has been testing E-Embarcadero Line heritage trolley service, linking Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39 with the city's Caltrain Station, so far receiving warm reviews from riders and transit advocates.

Friday, 31 August 2012 07:05

San Diego Trolley grows Green Line

The city that led the U.S. trolley revival in 1981 will extend its Green Line service Sept. 2, linking downtown San Diego with the 12th and Imperial Transit Center. The project was celebrated during a ceremony Thursday at the Gaslmap Quarter Station, itself recently renovated.

Thursday, 30 August 2012 13:51

New Orleans rail operators deal with Isaac

Residents in New Orlean's French Quarter Thursday assured Railway Age by email that the city center was literally weathering Hurricane Isaac far better than expected, retaining electric power and phone service. But outlying city neighborhoods and suburbs often were being overwhelmed with water generated by heavy rain. All streetcar service remained suspended Thursday, the residents said.

U.S. Class I railroads once more logged mixed traffic results during the week ending Aug. 25, 2012, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday. U.S. freight carload traffic slipped 0.8% from the comparable week in 2011, but U.S. intermodal volume advanced 5.2% for the week compared with a year ago.

Thursday, 30 August 2012 08:10

DART offers new passes, transfer upgrades

Dallas Area Rapid Transit said Wednesday it is offering a "new fare system" to facilitate bus-to-rail transfers, and also offering a new discount midday pass, beginning Dec. 3. DART says the change is :"designed to encourage ridership during the parts of the day when DART has additional capacity."

Tuesday, 28 August 2012 06:57

Calgary opens two new LRT stations

Calgary residents in the city's northeast section gained direct access to the two new light rail transit stops on the C-Train 202 line Monday, with station openings at Saddletowne and Martindale.

Monday, 27 August 2012 09:34

Massachusetts eyes Pan Am Railways ROW

Massachusetts reportedly is preparing to acquire Pan Am Railways right-of-way between Springfield, Mass., and the Vermont border, in order to facilitate passenger rail development on the "Knowledge Corridor." The price is pegged at about $17 million.

Erie, Pa.-based GE Transportation Friday unveiled its next Evolution Series locomotive that the company says "will decrease constituent emissions by more than 70% and save railroad customers more than $1.5 billion in infrastructure and operational costs."

Monday, 27 August 2012 08:09

Clearwater, Fla., backs LRT development

Clearwater, Fla., has added its name to the list of those supporting development of a light rail transit (LRT) system for the Tampa Bay area, despite opposition from some self-described fiscal conservatives.

Monday, 27 August 2012 07:50

U.S. weekly traffic still mixed, AAR says

U.S. freight carload traffic for the week ending Aug. 18 declined 2.1% compared with the same week in 2011, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday. U.S. intermodal volume for the week, by contrast, rose 3.6% compared with the same week a year ago.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Aug. 22 endorsed the idea of a streetcar for Boise, Idaho, while touring Boise-based MotivePower's locomotive manufacturing facility with local officials.

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Aug. 23 it would appeal the decision by a state Supreme Court judge that a state tax on suburban businesses to help finance regional railroad service was unconstitutional.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012 11:52

D.C. to OIW sub: Another streetcar, please

Washington, D.C.'s District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has ordered a third streetcar from United Streetcar, LLC, a subsidiary of Clackamas, Ore.-based Oregon Iron Works, at a cost of $2.9 million.

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