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, 16 January 2013 09:53

House OKs hurricane funds; rail needs included

The House of Representatives late Tuesday approved at least $50 billion in relief aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy, including $5.4 billion for "Department of Transportation-Federal Transit Authority Emergency Relief."

Wednesday, 16 January 2013 08:30

Valero sets tank car buy for crude processing

Valero Energy Corp., billed as the world's largest independent refiner, plans to purchase 2,000 tank cars to increase shipment of crude oil to inland U.S. locations.

Grand Central Terminal is 100 years old this year, in case you've somehow missed the cacophony of ongoing reminders from even the general media, not just railroad print and digital voices (including Railway Age, of course). Few centenarians have ever looked better.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013 11:51

OSHA: BNSF signs employee practices accord

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Tuesday said it has signed an accord with BNSF Railway Co., noting "BNSF's voluntary revision of several personnel policies that OSHA alleged violated the whistleblower provisions of the Federal Railroad Safety Act [FRSA] and dissuaded workers from reporting on-the-job injuries."

Tuesday, 15 January 2013 10:27

Manhattan ESA link seen boosting home values

A report released Monday says home values in parts of Long Island—a region which has suffered, sometimes dramatically, since the Great Recession—will be greatly aided by MTA Long Island Rail Road's East Side Access (ESA) project, projected now to open in 2019.

Officials from Ontario's Waterloo-Kitchener-Cambridge metropolitan area, southwest of Toronto, say at least five station stops of the planned light rail transit system will be placed in the center of roadways and not along roadsides, similar to the approach taken in nearby Toronto.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013 08:12

MBCR pilot program aids MBTA conductors

Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Co. (MBCR) on Monday announced the launch of the "Conductor Companion" pilot program, using mobile device technology to allow conductors on Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) regional rail trains to receive real-time information about service.

Monday, 14 January 2013 14:12

CP touts new Saskatchewan intermodal hub

Canadian Pacific on Monday announced the opening of its Intermodal Facility at Saskatchewan's Global Transportation Hub (GTH) in Regina, the provincial capital.
Monday, 14 January 2013 11:23

RailComm system aids Minnesota short line

Fairport, N.Y.-based RailComm says it has been chosen to provide its state-of-the-art Domain Operations Controller (DOC®) train control system for Northshore Mining Co. The DOC system will have functionality for Centralized Traffic Control (CTC) through the company's web-enabled software-as-a-service (SaaS) delivery method.
Monday, 14 January 2013 09:27

Amtrak, CHSRA plan joint HSR gear order

Two U.S. high speed rail players, Amtrak and the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA), will combine efforts to advance a joint order of up to 62 high speed rail trainsets, with a Request for Information (RFI) possibly issued as early as this Thursday.

Monday, 14 January 2013 08:46

LIRR taps Axion for more ties

Axion International Holdings, Inc. producer of recycled plastic and plastic composite technologies, said it has received a purchase order from the Long Island Rail Road for additional Ecotrax rail ties, to be used "in various locations throughout Long Island." The size of the order was not specified.

Friday, 11 January 2013 14:14

MBTA anger with Hyundai Rotem heats up

Reports from Boston-area print and television media Friday say Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is running short of patience over continuing delays of bilevel rail passenger equipment deliveries from Hyundai Rotem.
Friday, 11 January 2013 09:30

Caltrain raises farebox recovery goals

The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, which owns and operates Caltrain, said late Thursday it is increasing the railroad's farebox recovery goals for Fiscal Year 2014.

New Jersey Transit Friday announced that as of Jan. 14, it "will restore service levels into New York to 100%, reflecting the agency's ongoing Hurricane Sandy recovery and repair."

Thursday, 10 January 2013 11:59

New year, same U.S. freight traffic doldrums

U.S. freight traffic volume began 2013 the same way it ended 2012, declining from the comparable week of one year ago, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday.
Thursday, 10 January 2013 10:10

FEC CEO to address Traffic Club of Chicago

Florida East Coast Railway CEO James Hertwig is the featured keynote speaker Jan. 23 at the Traffic Club of Chicago's luncheon.
Thursday, 10 January 2013 09:58

Teknoware Oy acquires North American presence

Lathi, Finland-based Teknoware Oy has acquired the assets and the name of Trans-Lite Inc. , a supplier of lighting systems for the rail industry in the U.S.
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 13:17

PATH round-the-clock service inches ahead

PATH has combined portions of three regular daytime routes to re-establish overnight service on part of its system for the first time since Hurricane Sandy crippled the bistate rapid transit system Oct. 29. The service is set to commence Wednesday evening.
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 10:28

More track, more streetcars, for Dallas project

Dallas's Oak Cliff streetcar line may get additional funding for more right-of-way work and two additional streetcars, should the Regional Transportation Council approve the transfer of funds Thursday.

Wednesday, 09 January 2013 08:49

Greenbrier Cos. pleased with 1Q numbers

The Greenbrier Cos. early Wednesday reported its fiscal first-quarter results for the period ending Nov. 30, 2012, and indicated satisfaction with the outcome.
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