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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Thursday, 15 November 2012 11:06

First four Metra “Highliner” cars arrive

Chicago-based Metra Wednesday touted the arrival of the first four "Highliner" cars on the property, built by Nagoya, Japan-based Nippon Sharyo, in conjunction with Sumitomo Corp. of America.

Thursday, 15 November 2012 10:16

Thales acquires Sysgo AG

Thales said Thursday it has acquired Sysgo AG, describing the latter as “the European leader in real-time, highly secure operating systems.”

Thursday, 15 November 2012 09:15

Hurricane takeaway: Taking rail away hurts

One half-month after dealing up close and personal with Hurricane Sandy, here's my transport takeaway: Take away rail transit, and quality of life definitely takes another hit.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012 11:07

MUNI celebrates another restored cable car

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Wednesday celebrated the return to service of a restored Powell Street cable car, Car No. 26, built in 1890.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012 10:09

Greenbrier Cos. affirms Icahn stock acquisition

The Greenbrier Cos. late Tuesday affirmed that "Carl C. Icahn and Reporting Persons affiliated with him have acquired 9.99% of the outstanding Common Stock of Greenbrier."

Wednesday, 14 November 2012 09:55

CP offers $1 million to hurricane relief fund

Canadian Pacific Wednesday said it will donate US$1 million to assist with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012 11:47

GWI traffic declines in October

Greenwich, Conn.-based Genesee & Wyoming, Inc. Tuesday said freight traffic declined 4.8% in October compared with October 2011.

The Charlotte, N.C. City Council Monday awarded a $26.3 million contract to Atlanta-based Balfour Beatty Rail Inc. and Charlotte-based Blythe Development Co. for the city's first streetcar line of 1.5 miles. The vote was 9-2 in favor, but followed a yearlong dispute over the proposal.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012 09:25

In Salt Lake City, TRAX shines as snow falls

Significant snow blanketed Salt Lake City Sunday amidst the 12th National Light Rail Conference being held by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA)—and Salt Lake City's own TRAX LRT system reportedly has performed well.

Monday, 12 November 2012 11:18

Nebraska short line opens new rail bridge

Nebraska Central Railroad has announced the opening of a new rail bridge serving Norfolk, Neb., which will increase the short line's capacity to move next-generation railcars of 286,000 pounds per car.

Monday, 12 November 2012 10:32

Fiscal swap eyed for San Antonio streetcar

A swap of fiscal contributions may aid a proposed streetcar plan in San Antonio, Tex., overseen by VIA Metropolitan Transit.

Mindful of the surge in riders during (and leading up to) Inauguration Day 2009, Washington, D.C.-area rail operators are preparing for comparable events of Jan. 21, 2013—but in very different ways.

Friday, 09 November 2012 09:03

RailComm picked for Port of Los Angeles work

RailComm has been selected by Herzog Technologies, which has offices in Oceanside, Calif., to provide a wireless remote control yard system for the Port of Los Angeles.

Data released Nov. 8 by the Association of American Railroads (AAR) showed Hurricane Sandy disrupted U.S. intermodal volume's winning streak during the week ending Nov. 3, 2012. The hurricane also solidified U.S. freight carload traffic's continuing slide during the latest week.

Thursday, 08 November 2012 11:54

DDOT pleased by streetcar RFI responses

Washington, D.C.'s District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Thursday said response to its Request for Qualifications/Request for Proposal (RFQ/RFI) was sufficient for the agency to pursue a 22-mile streetcar network serving the nation's capital.

Thursday, 08 November 2012 11:09

LRT defeat jeopardizes bistate bridge project

Voters in Clark County, Wash., on Tuesday rejected a proposed 0.1% sales tax to extend light rail transit across the Columbia River from Oregon—and that rejection could jeopardize a multimodal bridge designed to address bistate transportation.

Wednesday, 07 November 2012 13:14

Iowa Interstate opens locomotive maintenance shop

Iowa Interstate Railroad Ltd. (IAIS) Wednesday said it has opened a new locomotive maintenance shop and crew change center near South Amana, Iowa.

Wednesday, 07 November 2012 11:26

Houston LRT backers decry OK to divert funds

Light rail transit advocates in Houston Wednesday morning mourned passage by voters of a referendum allowing Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Metro) to divert 25% of its transit sales tax collection to roads, bridges, sidewalks, and other non-rail infrastructure. Metro itself supported the measure.

Wednesday, 07 November 2012 10:54

Eastern U.S. rail initiatives gain ground

Arlington, Va., voters Tuesday approved a $31.9 million transportation bond by a healthy four-to-one margin, making $14.6 million available for improvements to the WMATA Metrorail. Upgrades in WMATA's Virginia stations would include larger station platforms to accommodate 8-car trains, and funds to help purchase additional 7000-series cars.

Wednesday, 07 November 2012 10:17

Twin California defeats loom for rail

Los Angeles County voters Tuesday who supported Measure J, extending a half-cent tax for public transportation, accounted for 65% of those voting on the measure, thus falling short of a supermajority needed to pass the measure.

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