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, 29 February 2012 12:03

Deadline nears for AREMA scholarship

The AREMA Educational Foundation is offering scholarships to engineering students who are specializing in the railway industry and supports other educational and training endeavors that help to ensure the future of the profession. The deadline of March 9 is fast approaching.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012 09:01

Positive redundancy worthy, and worthwhile

Veteran rail advocate and friend Dan Lovegren called me from California on Feb. 26, 1993, asking me: How would I get home? New York's World Trade Center had been disrupted somehow, and PATH had been shut down.

Monday, 27 February 2012 11:13

New oil-gas rail terminal on tap for Texas

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. and Martin Midstream Partners L.P. have formed a joint venture, Pecos Valley Producer Services LLC, to develop a rail terminal in Pecos, Tex., to serve the growing oil and natural gas industries in the Permian Basin.

Monday, 27 February 2012 09:25

SMART project breaks ground

Groundbreaking ceremonies took place Friday in Petaluma, Calif., marking the start of construction of Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) passenger rail work for the two counties, north of San Francisco.

Friday, 24 February 2012 14:01

L.B. Foster reports 4Q earnings

L.B. Foster Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $6.1 million, or 60 cents per diluted share, compared to $6.2 million or 60 cents per diluted share, in the same quarter of 2010.

Friday, 24 February 2012 12:35

Ansaldo STS lands SEPTA PTC contract

Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority has awarded a contract to Ansaldo STS USA, worth roughly $100 million, for installation of Positive Train Control on SEPTA's regional rail system, serving five counties.

Friday, 24 February 2012 10:41

ARI notches good 4Q, full-year results

American Railcar Industries, Inc. expressed satisfaction with its fourth-quarter and full year revenue and earnings, and also voice cautious optimism on the year ahead.

Class I railroads employed 159, 333 people in mid-January, up 3.93% from January 2011, but down 0.24% overall from last December, according to figures provided by the Surface Transportation Board.

Thursday, 23 February 2012 13:07

AAR: U.S. freight traffic slumps in latest week

U.S. freight carload traffic for the week ending Feb. 18, 2012 declined 5.2% measured against the comparable week in 2012, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday. U.S. intermodal volume for the week also retreated, down 5.6%, compared with the same week last year.

Thursday, 23 February 2012 07:59

NS nixes Charlotte commuter line plan

Norfolk Southern says it cannot support a current plan for commuter rail service linking Charlotte and Mt. Mourne, N.C., calling the idea "fatally flawed."

Wednesday, 22 February 2012 13:26

RailAmerica, RMI sign software pact

Atlanta-based RMI Wednesday said it has reached a five-year agreement with RailAmerica, Inc. for the implementation of RMI's ExpressYard Car Repair Billing (CRB) and Operations Management Software System.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012 12:50

CSX expands RailComm system

Fairport, N.Y.-based RailComm said Wednesday CSX Transportation has expanded its Domain Operations Controller (DOC®) system located at Boyles Yard in Birmingham, Ala.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012 12:45

WMATA awards contract to Unitrac

Unitrac Railroad Materials, Inc. said Wednesday it has received a three-year contract to supply special trackwork to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), valued at approximately $8 million over the three-year period.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012 12:23

Wabtec sets record sales for 2011

Wabtec Corp. Tuesday reported sales of $1.97 billion and GAAP earnings per diluted share of $3.51, both records, for 2011. Non-GAAP EPS was $3.70, excluding special items disclosed in the second quarter.

Possibly due to any outcry of protest from numerous transport groups—and certainly due in part to defections within Republican House ranks—the House of Representatives has moved to delay consideration of any surface transportation authorization bill until Feb. 27 at the earliest.

The American Public Transportation Association said Thursday, “In delaying consideration of these parts of the bill, the leadership also cancelled the Rules Committee meeting previously scheduled for [Wednesday], where the Rules Committee planned to decide which amendments—including those on dedicated funding for transit and other transit issues—would be considered on the House floor. The House is currently debating the parts of the bill that would raise revenues through expanded oil exploration, and it could also debate parts of the bill related to changing federal pensions to offset transportation spending authorized in the bill.”

Still unresolved is how any bill would fund highway repair and/or expansion alone, even if public transport issues were waved away, per the intent of House bill H.R. 7. Proposals for expanded use of toll roads on portions of the Interstate highway system have caused, at minimum, consternation among self-proclaimed fiscal conservatives.

But the outcry over H.R. 7 and its potential negating of transit funding spans numerous transport groups, including APTA, the National Association of Railroad Passengers, Smart Growth America, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, along with bicycle and pedestrian advocacy groups nationwide.

APTA on Thursday urged its members to “continue to urge their representatives to support a rule that allows consideration of the Nadler-LaTourette-Blumenauer-Gibson-Crowley-Turner-Rangle-Grimm-Lewis-Fitzpatrick-Norton-Hayworth-Lipinski-Dold Amendment on the House Floor and to support the amendment to restore dedicated transit funding when it is offered.”

Norfolk Southern Corp. said Friday it has earned the top ranking among railroads in the S&P 500 Clean Capitalism Ranking, published by Corporate Knights, a media, research, and financial products.

Thursday, 16 February 2012 16:41

For Ore./Wash. LRT, feds offer big money

Federal New Starts money would pay a substantial percentage of any light rail transit development on the proposed I-5 bridge linking Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, Wash., if the U.S. Department of Transportation has its way.

Thursday, 16 February 2012 14:25

AAR: U.S. freight traffic mixed in latest week

U.S. carload freight traffic advanced 1.7% in the week ending Feb. 11, 2012, compared with the same week in 2011, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday. But U.S. intermodal volume failed to keep pace, slipping 0.4% when measured against the comparable week last year.

Thursday, 16 February 2012 13:51

Sumitomo, Nippon Sharyo land VRE car order

Sumitomo Corp. of America, in conjunction with its car builder partner Nippon Sharyo, said Thursday it has landed a contract from Virginia Railway Express (VRE) "for 50 gallery-type bi-level passenger cars."

Friday, 06 February 2009 10:21

Analyst: "Glimmer of hope" for rail traffic

Dahlman Rose & Co. Director Equity Research and Railway Age Contributing Editor Jason Seidl sees “as a glimmer of hope in an otherwise weak rail environment” as some traffic sectors are beginning to show signs of recovery.

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