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, 29 November 2012 12:51

For U.S. rail freight, more of the same mix

The Association of American Railroads Thursday once more reported mixed U.S. weekly rail traffic, this time for the week ending Nov. 24, 2012. U.S. freight carload traffic fell 4.6% measured against the comparable week in 2011, but U.S. intermodal volume continued its momentum, up 1.9% for the week.
Thursday, 29 November 2012 11:26

NS marks Norfolk export coal facility upgrade

Norfolk Southern said Thursday it has completed a major upgrade to its Lamberts Point export coal transload facility in its hometown of Norfolk, Va., positioning the Class I to remain the largest and fastest coal transload provider in the Northern Hemisphere.
Thursday, 29 November 2012 10:22

EMD opens Brazilian locomotive assembly site

Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD), a subsidiary of Progress Rail Services, a Caterpillar company, said Thursday it has officially opened its locomotive manufacturing facility in Seta Lagoas, Brazil, located in the state of Minas Gerais.

Thursday, 29 November 2012 09:39

Siemens to acquire Invensys Rail

Invensys announced late Wednesday it will sell Invensys Rail to Siemens AG for $2.8 billion.
Thursday, 29 November 2012 09:11

Sacramento LRT extension gets federal grant

Sacramento Regional Transit has secured $270 million in federal funds to advance its South Sacramento Corridor Phase 2 Line Light Rail extension. The announcement was made by House Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.).

Wednesday, 28 November 2012 13:55

TTC, Metrolinx sign Toronto LRT accord

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area transportation agency Metrolinx and the Toronto Transit Commission Wednesday signed an agreement outlining planned construction of four light rail transit lines in Canada's largest city.
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 11:12

Judge rejects latest quest to halt St. Paul LRT

Construction of St. Paul, Minn.'s Central Corridor light rail line can continue, a federal judge has ruled, turning aside protests from the St. Paul NAACP and the city's Rondo neighborhood.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012 09:38

Virginia Beach (finally) ready for The Tide

After at least 14 years of deciding to pass on implementing light rail transit, the Virginia Beach, Va., City Council has approved a study to explore financial aspects of extending The Tide LRT from neighboring Norfolk into the municipality.
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 10:50

Kansas City streetcar RFP draws interest

Efforts to establish a streetcar in Kansas City, Mo., has drawn interest from two companies, both of which filed expressed interest prior to the city's Nov. 21 deadline.

A judge Monday ruled that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford violated conflict of interest laws and therefore cast the mayor out of office. But Ford's preference for subways instead of light rail transit, a hot political issue in Toronto throughout 2012, does not appear to be a factor in the judicial decision.

Monday, 26 November 2012 13:15

REMSA names new officer/director slate

The Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA) on Monday announced its new slate of officers and directors for 2013. REMSA Executive Director David Soule said that, as of Jan. 1, 2013, John Fox, vice president of Marketing and Sales, NARSTCO, will become REMSA's president.
Monday, 26 November 2012 11:57

Amtrak names two to senior operations posts

Amtrak on Monday named Bruce Pohlot as the new chief engineer, and named Tom Quigley general manager, State-Supported Services. Both will report directly to DJ Stadtler, vice president of operations effective Dec. 10, 2012.

Monday, 26 November 2012 11:25

BART explores express, split/merge service

BART officials have begun reviewing system operations with a eye toward offering both express services and split/merge operations, where a train is divided or joined en route to or from two different terminal points.

Monday, 26 November 2012 10:47

Downtown PATH service resumes

PATH rail service resumed Monday morning between downtown Manhattan and New Jersey points, including Exchange Place Station in Jersey City, following weeks of repair work following damage inflicted by Hurricane Sandy.
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 11:04

U.S. maintains mixed freight traffic picture

The Association of American Railroads Wednesday reported mixed U.S. weekly rail traffic results for the week ending Nov. 17, 2012. U.S. freight carload traffic declined 4.3% measured against the comparable week in 2011, while U.S. intermodal volume added to its 2012 winning streak, up 2.4%.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012 10:47

Kenosha, Wis., mulls heritage streetcar extension

Kenosha, Wis., is pondering expanding its heritage streetcar line, and has included $10.2 million for the proposal in a two-year capital improvement plan. But concerns about traffic congestion have surfaced, challenging the expansion effort.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012 08:29

Mudslides mess with BNSF in Seattle area

BNSF rights-of-way in northwest Washington State have been affected by as many as 15 mudslides, triggered by heavy rain this week in the Pacific Northwest.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 14:01

California HSR bests latest legal challenge

In what is almost assuredly just one of a continuing wave of legal moves to terminate, block or otherwise alter California's plan to implement high speed rail, a judge has denied a request to block work filed by farming interests in the Central Valley.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 12:16

Sumitomo lands Midwest/Calif. HrSR order

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and federal officials on Monday announced that Sumitomo Corp. of America has been awarded a $352 million contract from California's Department of Transportation (Caltrans) for 130 railcars destined for higher-speed rail (HrSR) use in the U.S. Midwest and in California.

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) said Monday it has petitioned the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to initiate a rulemaking that would propose re-introducing indirect competition— specifically product and geographic competition for fuel used to generate power— as a factor to be considered in determining if the STB has jurisdiction to hear rate cases involving the transportation of coal to coal-fired power plants.

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