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, 13 March 2013 11:02

Bombardier Transportation names Bertling COO

Bombardier Transportation said Wednesday Lutz Bertling has been named the company's president and chief operating officer, effective June 3. He succeeds current president Andre Navarri, who will remain with the company as a strategic adviser to Bertling for one year, retiring on June 1, 2014.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 09:16

St. Louis suburb affirms Loop Trolley plans

University City, Mo.’s City Council has unanimously approved a permit for the Loop Trolley, allowing for construction and operation of the streetcar between University City and the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis, west of downtown St. Louis.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 08:00

NS selects Avtec VoIP consoles

Gilbert, S.C.-based Avtec, Inc. says Norfolk Southern has chosen the company’s Frontier-enabled Scout™ Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) consoles to replace aging equipment.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013 14:54

NJT: Power restored for Hoboken services

New Jersey Transit Tuesday said its electric-powered rail service to and from Hoboken Terminal would resume Sunday, March 24, complemented by changes in schedules to reflect the resumption. Restoration of a key power substation, affected by Hurricane Sandy last October 29, has been completed.

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority has taken the figurative plunge to reopen its old station at South Ferry, in lower Manhattan, in early April, after Hurricane Sandy submerged both the old station and its nearby replacement.

Tempe, Ariz., officials are revising plans for a 2.6-mile streetcar, interfacing with the Phoenix area's Valley Metro light rail transit line, after failing to qualify for "Small Starts" federal funding administered by the Federal Transit Administration.

San Diego County's North County Transit District (NCTD) suspended SPRINTER diesel light railway transit (DLRT) service Saturday "in order to perform necessary maintenance repairs"—repairs that some observers say could take months.

Thursday, 07 March 2013 11:59

Late-month rally: U.S. freight traffic up

Both U.S. freight carload traffic and U.S. intermodal volume rose in the week ending March 2, 2013, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday, a departure of the split results recorded for much of this year and predominant during 2012 as well.

Thursday, 07 March 2013 10:48

LA City Council OKs streetcar funds

The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday voted to approve up to $352 million in operating funds for a proposed streetcar linking the city's Civic Center and its Convention Center, as well as several neighborhoods.

Brushing aside mounting complaints of modal bias from some British Columbia rail advocates and Vancouver metropolitan area officials, TransLink says its latest study shows SkyTrain technology is the best bet for expanding rail options to Vancouver and Surrey.

New Jersey Transit Corp. has awarded Bombardier Transportation a $16 million contract for repair to its BiLevel fleet damaged by flooding during Hurricane Sandy last October.

Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:14

New Orleans mulls next streetcar extension

New Orleans' Regional Transit Authority has begun holding public meetings to seek input for its next streetcar project, the N. Rampart St./St. Claude Ave. expansion. The extension roughly parallels the Mississippi River.

Fort Worth, Tex.-based CTC, Inc. said Tuesday the Colorado Department of Transportation has obtained 52 "Do Not Stop on Tracks" signs for 26 highway-rail grade crossings in the Centennial State, using light-emitting diode (LED) technology.

Florida East Coast Railway President and CEO James R. Hertwig is the luncheon speaker Tuesday, April 2, for The New Intermodal Age Conference and Expo, to be held April 2-3, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore on the Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Md. 

Tuesday, 05 March 2013 12:47

Amtrak touts strong cost-recovery ratio

Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman, addressing a Congressional committee Tuesday, said Amtrak is leveraging record ridership to reduce dependence on federal operating subsidies.

Association of American Railroad (AAR) President and CEO Edward R. Hamberger Tuesday told the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee's railroads, pipelines and hazardous materials subcommittee that the nation's freight railroads are making record private investments in the country's nationwide network, and plan to spend $24.5 billion in 2013. Hamberger said private freight rail investments are paving the way for moving more people and goods by rail as America's economy continues to grow.

San Francisco-based Webcor Builders has been awarded a $48.7 million design-build contract for the Gold Line light rail transit extension project, extending LRT from Sierra Madre Villa (Pasadena), Calif., to Azusa, northeast of Los Angeles.

Monday, 04 March 2013 12:38

Bombardier rejects DB allegations

Bombardier Transportation on Monday rejected claims by Germany's Deutsche Bahn involving the S-Bahn Berlin 481 series as without merit, calling DB's allegations defamatory.

Monday, 04 March 2013 09:31

Cold Train to open Chicago office

Cold Train said Monday it is opening a new office in downtown Chicago in 2013 to aid "hauling more cargo and various products back from the Midwest and East Coast to Washington State and Oregon."

The Vermont Agency of Transportation says speed limits will be raised on New England Central trackage from 59 mph to 79 mph beginning March 11, improving conditions for both freight rail movement and Amtrak's Vermonter.

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