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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Thursday, 16 August 2012 08:54

Caltrain grade separation work continues

Caltrain on Wednesday said the San Bruno Grade Separation Project, designed to improve safety at three rail crossings in downtown San Bruno, Calif., is nearing the halfway mark, with supports and bridges for the $147 million project now visible.

Thursday, 16 August 2012 08:25

Strato CEO gets Ernst & Young award

Ernst & Young LLP has honored Michael Foxx, CEO of Piscataway, N.J.-based railroad supplier Strato, Inc., with its Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 Award in the Industrial Products category in New Jersey.

Thursday, 16 August 2012 07:08

NEC: Beacon for better beyond the Northeast

It's official: Amtrak's Northeast Corridor rules. The New York Times says so.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012 09:29

FRA says PTC deadline won’t be met

The Federal Railroad Administration says substantial progress has been made in establishing Positive Train Control (PTC) in the U.S., but acknowledges that the congressionally mandated deadline to do so, Dec. 15, 2015, will not be met.

L.B. Foster Co. on Tuesday announced it has been awarded a contract by RailWorks Track Systems, Inc. to supply 11,000 of its CXT® Concrete Ties for the construction of an unloading facility at the Tesoro oil products refinery in Anacortes, Wash.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012 10:43

San Diego revamping trolley routes

San Diego's Metropolitan Transit System next month will alter its operations pattern for the San Diego Trolley, aiming to eliminate some transfers and improve travel times.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012 10:06

Wabtec to repower Metrolinx locomotives

Wabtec Corp. Tuesday said its MotivePower subsidiary has signed a $45 million contract with regional transportation authority Metrolinx to repower 11 locomotives with new engines and propulsion systems that meet significantly higher environmental standards. Deliveries are expected to begin in 2014, Wabtec said.

Norfolk Southern Monday said it has launched "a new television commercial that showcases the railroad's role as a creator of economic possibilities – a powerful force for growth among the industries and communities served by the line."

Monday, 13 August 2012 08:58

CN, Superior Silica Sands set pact

CN said Monday the Class I railroad and Superior Silica Sands have reached a multi-year agreement to move frac sand from a new processing plant now under construction in northern Wisconsin.

California's North County Transit District (San Diego County) Monday began construction of its pilot program "to install wayside horns in the city of Del Mar" with working taking place at the Coast Boulevard highway/rail grade crossing.

House Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) joined the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC), NRC member STX Railroad Construction, CSX, and Kia Motor Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) Aug. 9 for a briefing and tour of the KMMG plant and rail yard in West Point, Ga. , NRC says.

Friday, 10 August 2012 10:30

Regional Rail acquires Diamondback Signal

Kennett Square, Pa.-based Regional Rail, LLC said Friday it has acquired a majority ownership interest in Diamondback Signal, LLC. The latter specializes in the design, construction, and maintenance of signal installations for railroad/highway crossings, and was formed in January of this year.

The Pittsburgh-based Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAT) and its biggest union have reached a tentative contract agreement that could avert severe rail and bus transit service cutbacks scheduled for Sept. 2, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced Thursday.

Friday, 10 August 2012 09:27

More fed funds released for Houston LRT

Houston's expanding MetroRail light rail transit network has received $188 million in funding from the Federal Transit Administration, as part of a Full Funding Grant Agreement bolstering construction of two LRT lines.

Friday, 10 August 2012 09:01

FRA sets scoping meetings for NEC FUTURE

The Department of Transportation Friday released its schedule for public scoping meetings, to be overseen by the Federal Railroad Administration, that form part of the environmental review process for NEC FUTURE, involving upgrades to Amtrak's Northeast Corridor (NEC) between Washington, D.C. and Boston.

Friday, 10 August 2012 07:08

RSI/CMA 2012 Early Registration extended

Early registration has been extended through Friday, Aug. 17, for the upcoming RSI/CMA 2012 event at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, in Chicago Sept. 22-25. Those registering by Aug. 17 will receive a $50 discount.

Freight carload traffic and intermodal volume rose for the U.S., Canada, and Mexico during the week ending Aug. 4, 2012, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday.

Thursday, 09 August 2012 06:44

Rail Link gets Wyoming safety/health award

Genesee & Wyoming Inc. said Wednesday subsidiary Rail Link, Inc. has received the Wyoming Governor's Award for Safety and Health in the Large Mine-Site Contractor category for the second consecutive year.

L.B. Foster Co. on Wednesday said its second-quarter 2012 earnings and sales declined relative to the comparable quarter in 2011, but noted a solid backlog for rail product orders and also expressed confidence that an ongoing warranty issue with Union Pacific would be resolved.

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.

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