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, 10 July 2012 08:34

GE expands New York battery factory

General Electric Co. Tuesday said it will expand its new, advanced manufacturing battery factory in Schenectady, N.Y., which is part of the company's new Energy Storage business.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012 07:39

NJT RiverLINE resumes regular service

New Jersey Transit Monday said its RiverLINE passenger rail service has resumed regular service, more than 10 months after Hurricane Irene savaged large swaths of the Northeast.

Timing its latest revision of plans for the Northeast Corridor (NEC) to coincide with an international high speed rail conference this week in Philadelphia, Amtrak Monday released an updated vision of NEC HSR, estimating the cost at $151 billion.

Coffee mugs are collectibles, for me in part because I can employ them early and often. Rail-related coffee mugs are well represented in my cabinet, including fallen flags, short lines, and early intermodal alliances.

Members of the Arlington Transportation Commission in Virginia voted 10-0 last Thursday to support the proposed Columbia Pike Streetcar initiative, overshadowed in recent weeks by a second streetcar effort being advanced by Arlington County and neighboring Alexandria, Va.

U.S. intermodal volume continued its torrid 2012 pace for the week ending June 30, but U.S. freight carload traffic resumed falling short of 2011 volume, the Association of American Railroads reported. U.S. freight carload volume fell 2.5% compared with the same week last year; U.S. intermodal volume advanced 7.0%.

California's state Senate Friday afternoon, in a close vote, approved $5.8 billion to initiate the state's high speed rail network, following a less contentious vote by the California state Assembly Thursday to approve (or retain) initial funding for the state's 700-mile high speed rail project.

Pittsburgh-based Railroad Development Corp. Thursday said it "has prevailed in its five‐year international arbitration against the Republic of Guatemala brought under the Dominican Republic‐Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)."

Orange County, Calif., transportation officials are weighing the practicality of expanding Interstate 405 capacity, while also considering a proposed streetcar system for  Santa Ana, the county seat.

Tuesday, 03 July 2012 09:34

Caltrain testing real-time info system

Caltrain said Tuesday it will begin testing a Predictive Arrival/Departure System that will tell riders in real time when their train will arrive at the station and whether the train is on time.

Tuesday, 03 July 2012 08:36

TriMet: New LRT bridge 41% complete

Portland, Ore.'s TriMet says its light rail bridge crossing the Willamette River was 41% complete as construction entered its second year July 2.

Tuesday, 03 July 2012 08:05

Transport bill maps course for two years

MAP-21, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, is the latest "ISTEA" transportation funding measure approved by Congress June 29, laying out $127 billion in federal ground transport funding for the next 27 months.

Local New York-area media report MTA Long Island Rail Road seeks to revamp Penn Station yet again in an effort to upgrade architectural quality and attract more upscale customer retail services. Unlike previous upgrades, however, the LIRR seeks to pursue improvements in conjunction with Penn Station's other major users, Amtrak and New Jersey Transit.

Monday, 02 July 2012 09:55

FRA offers NEC Future website

The Federal Railroad Administration has initiated a separate webpage, entitled NEC Future, addressing high speed rail infrastructure upgrades and political discourse for Amtrak's Northeast Corridor (NEC), along with several connecting lines.

Parsons Brinckerhoff said Monday it has been selected by Odense, Denmark, to assist with project management and provide strategic and economic advice on the Odense's light rail transit project.

Pro-passenger rail and environmental groups Friday lamented the House-Senate compromise on federal transportation funding, citing various examples of punishment or disincentives levied against the mode.

Friday, 29 June 2012 09:28

Wabtec lands Denver component contract

Wabtec Corp. Friday said it has signed contracts worth about $25 million to provide components, including on-board Positive Train Control (PTC) equipment, for 50 new transit cars being built by Hyundai-Rotem for Denver's Regional Transit District (RTD).

Officials from Ontario's Waterloo-Kitchener-Cambridge metropolitan area, southwest of Toronto, say they will place an add-on order with Bombardier Transportation for 14 light rail transit (LRT) vehicles to facilitate the region's plans for LRT.

Canadian Pacific Friday officially made its long-anticipated move of appointing E. Hunter Harrison president and chief executive officer, completing a significant revision of CP leadership through its revamped board of directors.

Freight carload volume gained ground in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. during the week ending June 23, 2012, measured against the comparable week a year ago, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday.

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