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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Tuesday, 12 June 2012 09:41

CP director steps down from post

Canadian Pacific's Board of Directors, significantly revamped last month through a proxy battler led by New York-based Pershing Square Capital Management, continues to change as David Raisbeck now has resigned from the board, citing personal reasons.

A study being released Tuesday by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute says California's Caltrain service upgrades, including overhead electrification, "will create thousands of construction jobs, significantly increase property values, and generate billions of dollars in overall economic benefits."

Monday, 11 June 2012 10:31

NJT adjusts bikes-on-trains policy

Calling it a “newly relaxed Bike Aboard Policy,” New Jersey Transit Monday said it will allow bicycles to board at all of its train stations effective July 1.

Monday, 11 June 2012 10:05

Schneider National, CSX announce pact

Schneider National, Inc. said Monday it has reached an agreement with CSX Transportation to broaden its services in northwestern Ohio. The agreement expands Schneider's intermodal service to now include two rail ramps in the Buckeye State: Marion and North Baltimore.

Aided by New York's first successful application of Communications Based Train Control (CBTC), New York City Transit's L Line will add service frequency June 9 in response to rapidly growing ridership demand.

Friday, 08 June 2012 07:19

“Bus Snob”: Next pejorative label

Time to tag us light rail transit (LRT) advocates with a new label, now that LRT and streetcars are slowly but inexorably re-establishing their presence on the U.S. landscape.

Holland L.P. affirmed Thursday that it has acquired the Railway Securement Business of L.B. Foster. Terms of the transaction remain undisclosed.

Resuming a pattern repeated through much of 2012, U.S. freight carload volume for the week ending June 2, 2012, fell short of the comparable week in 2011, down 3.1%, after gaining ground in the previous week, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday. Continuing its winning streak, U.S. intermodal volume for the week was up 4.1% compared with the same week last year.

Thursday, 07 June 2012 11:11

Alstom lands Wuppertal signaling contract

Alstom Thursday said it has signed a signaling system contract worth 17 million euros ($21.4 million) with WSW mobil GmbH to install an ERTMS1-based train command and control system on the 13.3-kilometer (8.2-mile) Wuppertaler Schwebebahn line. The Schwebebahn, or monorail, began service in 1901.

Thursday, 07 June 2012 07:39

Milwaukie, Ore., sets LRT payment plan

Portland, Ore., suburb Milwaukie has approved a plan to pay off $4.1 million it owes to TriMet over the next 19 years, though the particulars for payment are not yet all resolved.

Thursday, 07 June 2012 07:21

MBTA taps Alstom for LRT overhaul

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's Board of Directors Wednesday awarded a $104 million contract to Alstom for the overhaul of 86 light rail transit vehicles. The LRT cars were originally built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries.

Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:15

Profitability, beyond coal. Imagine

Give Norfolk Southern CEO Wick Moorman due recognition for his courage to be contrarian. Applause from this observer follows.

Wednesday, 06 June 2012 09:00

Ottawa ponders western LRT route

Ottawa city officials continue to weigh four options for routing light rail transit through the western portion of the city, including consideration of citizen input along each route option.

Wednesday, 06 June 2012 07:41

Siemens plans Sacramento layoffs

Siemens Mobility announced Tuesday it will let go 44 employees at it Sacramento, Calif., manufacturing facility.

Tuesday, 05 June 2012 10:28

CP names Paul Haggis new chairman

Canadian Pacific Tuesday said it has named Paul Haggis as its new chairman.

James Seney, an Ohio political figure well-known for his passenger rail advocacy in the Buckeye State Ontario, according to his daughter Allison.

Tuesday, 05 June 2012 09:04

ProTran lands Brazilian contract

ProTran Technology says it was awarded its first major contract from Brazil's Belo Horizonte Metro for the "Protracker / PTC" track worker protection overlay system for advance warning of approaching trains.

L.B. Foster Co. on Monday noted the completion of the sale of its railway securement business to Holland, L.P.

Regional Rail, LLC says it has acquired a construction and demolition debris (C&D) rail-served transfer station in Conshohocken, Pa.

Monday, 04 June 2012 13:41

Bombardier signs MTA NYCT contract

Bombardier Transportation announced Monday that it has signed its contract for 300 R179 subway cars with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to be delivered to New York City Transit (NYCT). The order is valued at approximately $599 million.

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