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, 12 September 2012 10:20

Amtrak taps ENSCO track chart system

Falls Church, Va.-based ENSCO, Inc. said Wednesday Amtrak has selected for use the company's TrackIT(r) Track Chart Management System. The web-based system hosts Amtrak's official track charts and provides them as high quality PDF digital copies or hard copies.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012 09:28

VIA Rail Canada launches electronic ticketing

VIA Rail Canada said Wednesday it has initiated "a new electronic ticketing service enabling passengers to access their tickets and information anywhere and any time from their personal electronic device, allowing rail users to avoid any pre-boarding lines and travel stress-free.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012 10:24

GWI August traffic down from 2011

Greenwich, Conn.-based Genesee & Wyoming Inc. Monday said its August traffic volume fell 4.5% measured against the same month a year ago, with third-quarter 2012 traffic to date down 5.2%.

Excluding 2,932 carloads from GWI railroads acquired within the last 12 months, same-railroad traffic in August 2012 decreased 8.7% compared with August 2011, the company said.

Farm & food products traffic decreased 3,318 carloads primarily due to reduced shipments in GWI's Australia and Illinois Regions. The shipment decline in the Australia Region was primarily due to an accelerated shipping schedule earlier in 2012, as well as a mechanical failure at an export grain terminal in Adelaide, South Australia. The farm & food products shipment decline in the Illinois Region was primarily due to elevated traffic in 2011 associated with carloads diverted around flooding in the Midwest.

GWI said its other commodity group traffic decreased primarily due to no overhead coal shipments in GWI's Ohio Region.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit is expected to select Brookville Equipment Corp. to provide two modern streetcars for the proposed Oak Cliff streetcar project. DART's Board of Directors may make the decision sometime this month. Preliminary approval by a DART oversight committee for a contract totaling about $9.4 million may occur this week.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012 08:37

Cincinnati streetcar startup date slips

The debut of Cincinnati's $110 million, 4.9-mile streetcar line will occur in mid-2015, not in late 2014 as originally planned.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012 07:41

Simmons-Boardman, RailAdvisor join forces

Railway Age, International Railway Journal, and Railway Track & Structures are very pleased to announce their partnership with RailAdvisor to bring you the world's railway information in a more concise and global manner than ever before.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012 07:33

FreightCar America names Klamar vp-sourcing

FreightCar America, Inc. said Tuesday it has named Jeffrey Klamar vice president, sourcing. Klamar will be based at FreightCar America's Chicago headquarters.

Monday, 10 September 2012 09:09

MBTA frets over delayed equipment delivery

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) officials remain concerned—as they have throughout 2012—that Hyundai Rotem will lag behind its projected delivery of 75 bilevel cars, worth $190 million, by up to two years.

Monday, 10 September 2012 08:23

Portland streetcar expansion nears opening

The Portland Streetcar will expand service into the city's east side Saturday, Sept. 22, bringing streetcar service east of the Willamette River. The system will become a two-line service at that time.

Friday, 07 September 2012 11:31

Trinity Industries buys manufacturing sites

Dallas-based Trinity Industries, Inc. late Thursday announced it will purchase 665,000 square feet of heavy manufacturing capacity from DMI Industries, a subsidiary of Fargo, N.D.-based Otter Tail Corp., for $20 million. The facilities are located in West Fargo, N.D., Tulsa, Okla., and Fort Erie, Ontario.

Thursday, 06 September 2012 13:06

U.S. ends August with mixed traffic results

U.S. freight carload traffic for the week ending Sept. 1 declined 3.4% measured against the comparable week of 2011, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday. But U.S. intermodal continued its winning streak, up a robust 6.5% during the week compared with one year ago.

Thursday, 06 September 2012 10:42

Twin Cities symbolic link ties two LRT lines

Work crews Wednesday joined the Central Corridor light rail transit track, under construction mostly in St. Paul, Minn., to existing Hiawatha LRT track when they welded the two lines together between the Metrodome and Cedar Riverside LRT stations in Minneapolis.

Thursday, 06 September 2012 09:51

CN identifies locomotive shop investment

CN Wednesday said it plans a C$12 million expansion of its Locomotive Reliability Centre (LRC), located in Prince George, British Columbia.

Thursday, 06 September 2012 08:17

Metro-North courts Bronx for proposed service

Metro-North Railroad is holding four information sessions in the Bronx to solicit input—and, more pointedly, political support—for running some of its New Haven Line trains on Amtrak’s Hell Gate route into New York-Penn Station.

Wednesday, 05 September 2012 11:30

STB will weigh GWI/RailAmerica merger

The Surface Transportation Board Wednesday said it "accepts for consideration the application filed August 6, 2012, by Genesee and Wyoming Inc. (GWI) and RailAmerica, Inc. (RailAmerica), seeking Board approval for the acquisition of RailAmerica by GWI. "

Wednesday, 05 September 2012 11:03

DDOT: 20 responses on streetcar development

Washington, D.C.'s District Department of Transportation (DDOT) said Tuesday its Request for Information (RFI) involving streetcar system development received 20 responses, "far exceeding our expectations," according to DDOT Director Terry Bellamy.

Wednesday, 05 September 2012 08:35

CN: More freight cars, containers, in 2012

CN Wednesday said it plans to begin acquiring more than 2,200 new freight cars and 1,300 containers by the end of this year "to support traffic growth and improve customer service.

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.

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