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, 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.

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority Thursday said it would add or extend regional rail, subway, and bus services, most of which had been curtailed or discontinued due to earlier budget crises.

The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) Friday said it had reached a major milestone "by securing the 51st Senate co-sponsor of legislation to extend the short line rehabilitation tax credit (45G). The legislation has now been sponsored by a majority of both Houses of Congress."

Erie, Pa.-based GE Transportation Friday announced the rollout of the 5,000th Evolution Series Locomotive, in production since since 2005.

Friday, 20 July 2012 09:06

OmniTRAX's Mike Ogborn to retire

Transportation management company OmniTRAX, Inc. said late Thursday that Managing Director and Executive Vice President Mike Ogborn will retire. No specific date was given.

GATX Corp. reported second-quarter net income of $23.5 million, or 49 cents per share, down 11% from $26.4 million, or 56 cents per share, it notched in the second quarter of 2011. Adjusted earnings results of 80 cents per share, however, still beat Wall Street consensus analyst expectations of 61 cents per share.

Freight carload traffic volume and intermodal movements notched a North American trifecta in the week ending July 14, 2012, measured against the comparable week of 2011, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday.

Union Pacific Thursday reported second-quarter earnings of $1 billion, or $2.01 per share, up 28% from $785 million in the second quarter of 2011. Earnings, along with revenue of $5.22 billion in the quarter, outstripped Wall Street consensus analyst estimates of $1.97 earnings per share on revenue of $5.23 billion. Both categories were all-time highs for the company.

Thursday, 19 July 2012 07:49

FTA to Tucson: Buy another streetcar

Tucson's order of seven streetcars from United Streetcar, LLC isn't adequate to serve the city's four-mile line, now under construction, the Federal Transit Administration says. FTA recommends an eighth car be purchased.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012 11:48

InnoTrans: Discount registration available

The North American representative office of InnoTrans said Wednesday that discount registration is being offered to all prospective North American attendees of the show.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012 10:31

USPS ponders boosting mail by rail

Hit-or-miss efforts (mostly miss) by the U.S. Postal Service to move mail by railroad have characterized the mode's declining mail modal share for decades, but the USPS is once more eyeing freight railroads as a way to lower costs and improve efficiency.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012 08:26

CP, frac sand company announce pact

Canadian Pacific and Smart Sand, Inc., Wednesday announced a strategic long-term partnership "under which the two companies will supply and ship premium, Northern White frac sand to the unconventional oil and gas industry in key North America producing regions (including the Bakken and Eagle Ford formations, and the Utica and Marcellus Shales)."

Tuesday, 17 July 2012 09:38

Alstom chosen for Denmark ERTMS

Alstom says it has signed a contract with Danish railway infrastructure owner Banedanmark to deliver on-board equipment to railway operators in Denmark, and to equip 503 train cars with Atlas ERTMS1 signaling capabilities.

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