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, 18 September 2012 10:50

Bombardier to supply Saudi HSR components

Bombardier Transportation Tuesday said it has signed contracts with Madrid-based Patentes Talgo SA to develop and supply components for 36 very high speed trains for Saudi Arabia.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012 08:25

FRA funds third track for northern Virginia

The Federal Railroad Administration Monday announced its intent to release $74.8 million for 11 miles of a third track for use by Virginia Rail Express (VRE), CSX, and Amtrak in northern Virginia.

Monday, 17 September 2012 10:01

CP touts faster transcontinental service

Canadian Pacific Monday said it has launched new faster intermodal train services connecting Vancouver, British Columbia, to Toronto or Chicago.

Friday, 14 September 2012 13:10

Second Avenue Subway blast work resumes

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) said controlled blasting resumed on the Second Avenue Subway Friday, following an intensive investigation into the cause of an Aug. 21 incident below 72nd Street in Manhattan, and the implementation of additional safety measures.

Friday, 14 September 2012 08:51

Minneapolis SW LRT gets placeholder grant

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton Thursday approved $2 million in grant funding for the proposed Southwest Light Rail project, which would link downtown Minneapolis with Eden Prairie, Minn.

Thursday, 13 September 2012 12:02

Joint venture lands Bay State LRT contract

Massachusetts' Department of Transportation Wednesday awarded a $44.8 million contract to a joint venture charged with designing a Green Line light rail transit extension to Medford, Mass., with a spur to Somerville, Mass.

Thursday, 13 September 2012 11:22

AAR: U.S. “mixed traffic” trend rolls on

U.S. freight carload traffic fell 2.3% during the week ending Sept. 8, 2012, measured against the comparable week in 2011, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) said Thursday. U.S. intermodal volume for the week remained strong, as it has throughout 2012, up 3.1% compared with the same week last year.

Thursday, 13 September 2012 08:56

Sounder Lakewood extension looms

Seattle Sound Transit says it will add Lakewood, Wash., to its regional passenger rail service offerings Monday, Oct. 8, which includes new service at South Tacoma Station. A dedication ceremony is slated for Oct. 6 to herald the event.

Thursday, 13 September 2012 08:13

Amtrak Downeaster extension begins Nov. 1

The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA) said Wednesday the extension of Amtrak Downeaster service to Freeport and Brunswick, Maine, will begin Nov. 1. Tickets for the new service go on sale Oct. 1.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012 11:52

Baltimore, CSX eye near-dock intermodal site

Mount Clare train yard in southwestern Baltimore would be the site of a $90 million, near-dock intermodal yard designed to aid traffic flow through the Port of Baltimore. CSX Transportation would operate the facility.

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.

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