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, 08 August 2012 07:40

BNSF picks RailComm for New Mexico yard

Fairport, N.Y.-based RailComm said Tuesday BNSF has added the company's Blue Flag Indicator (BFI) System to its Belen Yard, N.M., facility.

Tuesday, 07 August 2012 09:42

Intermodalism flexes its "domestic" muscle

Far be it for me to enter the culture wars here concerning family (how it's defined, what it should aspire to), save for one observation: It's easier to apply various values if one is around the family enough to actually do it—and intermodalism can contribute.

Tuesday, 07 August 2012 07:17

Only two bids seen for MBTA rail contract

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) this year has sought bidders to operate its regional rail network, but according to the Boston Globe MBTA has received only two actual offers to bid, despite initial interest from 25 separate companies.

Monday, 06 August 2012 09:00

Caltrain gets fed funds for modernization

Caltrain said Monday it will receive $3.2 million in federal Department of Transportation grant funds to install an advanced signal system needed to support modernized Caltrain service and the eventual addition of high speed rail, part of the Golden State's "blended" approach to HSR.

Monday, 06 August 2012 08:15

Wabtec completes Brazilian acquisition

Wabtec Corp. said Monday it had completed its acquisition of Winco Equipamentos Ferroviarios Ltda., to expand its presence in Brazil. Wabtec expects the transaction to be accretive in the first year.

Friday, 27 July 2012 09:48

Fort Worth TEX Rail gets federal grant

Fort Worth Transportation Authority ("the T") has been granted $4 million by the Federal Transit Administration to continue advancing TEX Rail, a 37-mile regional passenger rail service linking southwestern portions of Fort Worth, and the city's downtown area, with Grapevine, Tex., and with Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

U.S. freight traffic for the week ending July 21, 2012 resumed its bifurcated trend for the year—a decline in freight carload volume, an increase in intermodal—the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday. U.S. freight carload volume for the week fell 1.9%, measured against the comparable week in 2011. U.S. intermodal volume, however, remained robust, up 6.2% for the week compared with a year ago.

The Surface Transportation Board Wednesday announced "two initiatives to explore ways to further protect captive shippers from unreasonable rail rates."

STB said it proposes to reform its rules on how it resolves rate disputes "to ensure that all captive shippers have a meaningful way to challenge rates." STB also will be "taking steps to consider a proposal submitted by The National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) to increase rail-to-rail competition."

Thursday, 26 July 2012 08:24

ARI 2Q results set record, beat Street

American Railcar Industries, Inc. late Wednesday said its second-quarter consolidated earnings from operations set a new quarterly record of $26.0 million, more than triple the $8.2 million for the second quarter of 2011.

Thursday, 26 July 2012 08:05

Western extension of Phoenix LRT OK’d

Arizona's Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Wednesday approved plans for the "Phoenix West" extension of Valley METRO light rail transit.

Thursday, 26 July 2012 07:58

In New York, ESA tunnel work is completed

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority says tunnel boring for its East Side Access project has been completed, clearing the way for infrastructure work, including laying track, for eventual Long Island Rail Road service to Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012 12:24

Denver RTD approves LRT extension to Aurora

Denver's Regional Transportation District on Tuesday unanimously approved a design-build contract with Kiewit Infrastructure Co. to extend RTD's light rail system to Aurora, Colo.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012 10:03

L.B. Foster gets Honolulu rail contract

L.B. Foster Co. said Wednesday it has been awarded the company's largest rail products contract, valued at approximately $60 million, by contractor Kiewit/Kobayashi, a joint venture for the construction of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) passenger transit system in Hawaii.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012 08:59

Wabtec sets record 2Q earnings and sales

Wabtec Corp. Tuesday said it notched record earnings and sales in its second quarter, as the company increased its earnings guidance for the full year.

Rail Logistics Tuesday said that due to "continued growth," the company's Cold Train service is expanding its Washington State-based refrigerated container fleet to 300 state-of-the-art 53-foot containers (built by Hyundai), and will also be expanding its service territory this year.

Bombardier Transportation said Tuesday that it and consortium partner Vossloh Kiepe has signed an option to supply 20 additional Flexity Swift light rail vehicles (LRVs) to Transport for Greater Manchester's (TfGM's) Metrolink system.

Orders and deliveries of railcars showed strength in the second quarter, according to the Railway Supply Institute's American Railway Car Institute (ARCI) Committee.

Monday, 23 July 2012 09:40

GWI set to acquire RailAmerica, Inc.

Greenwich, Conn.-based Genesee & Wyoming Inc. said Monday it has entered into an agreement to acquire Jacksonville, Fla.-based RailAmerica, Inc. The all-cash acquisition, at $27.50 per share, would amount to roughly $1.4 billion.

The Arlington County Board in Virginia voted Saturday to spend $2.4 billion during the next decade for numerous infrastructure projects, including investment in its two streetcar lines, each extending from Metrorail's Pentagon City Station.

GE Transportation reported $1.6 billion in second-quarter 2012 revenue, up 27% year-over-year, and a segment profit for the quarter of $282 million, up 58% from $178 million in the second quarter of 2011.

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