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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Marquette, Mich.-based Lake Superior and Ishpeming Railroad (LS&I) has been using RailComm's state-of-the-art Domain Operations Controller (DOC®) train control system to dispatch its railroad since 2007, but the DOC® System at LS&I will soon be able to be accessed through web-enabled software-as-a-service (SaaS) delivery.

Tuesday, 03 April 2012 10:51

Anthony Perl joins Railway Age bloggers

Noted transportation academician Anthony Perl added his considerable expertise in rail transportation to the pool of Railway Age bloggers this week.

Tuesday, 03 April 2012 10:47

Weekly RT&S Rail Brief debuts

Railway Age sister publication Railway Track & Structures (RT&S) this week introduced RT&S Rail Brief, a weekly compendium of issues and breaking news affecting those involved in railroad infrastructure.

Bombardier Transportation said Tuesday its FLEXITY 2 trams (streetcars) have entered revenue passenger service in Blackpool, England.

The second of two tunneling machines working on Sound Transit's underground light rail transit route linking the University of Washington and Capitol Hill completed roughly two miles of underground passageway Monday afternoon.

Monday, 02 April 2012 09:13

New cost estimate for California HSR

The California High-Speed Rail Authority Monday is expected to offer an updated estimate for construction and financing of a statewide high speed rail network. Cost estimates, which began at about $44 billion for 700 miles of right-of-way, had escalated to nearly $100 billion.

Granite Construction Inc. announced late Thursday that it and RailWorks Track Systems have been awarded a a $56 million contract by Tucson, Ariz., to build the city's 3.9-mile streetcar project. The two companies have formed a joint venture, Old Pueblo Trackworks, to perform the work.

Friday, 30 March 2012 08:24

LIRR East End DMU plan now funded

MTA Long Island Rail Road long has had plans to provide diesel multiple-unit (DMU) service to its riders on both the North Fork and South Fork of the railroad's namesake territory. Those plans now have capital funding identified.

Bombardier Transportation said Friday it will deliver 16 TWINDEXX Vario multiple units to Deutsche Bahn AG (DB AG) for operation on the Kiel-Hamburg and Flensburg-Hamburg railway lines.

Unable to craft its own long-term surface transportation bill, and equally unable to agree to a Senate version already passed by the upper house, the House of Representatives Thursday managed to approve yet another extension of SAFETEA-LU, this one for 90 days.

Friday, 30 March 2012 07:15

RT&S magazine redesign debuts

Railway Age sister publication Railway Track & Structures launched a redesign with its March 2012 issue. The new look is designed to better reflect the progression and energy of the rail industry. RT&S has been redesigned to be more contemporary and easier to read.

Thursday, 29 March 2012 11:24

U.S. carload traffic slump continues

U.S. freight carload traffic for the week ending March 24, 2012 fell significantly, down 7.2%, measured against the comparable week in 2011, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) said Thursday, continuing a decline that now has run for some time.

The Surface Transportation Board has initiated proposals to encourage more mediation and arbitration for the resolution of issues coming before the Board.

Thursday, 29 March 2012 08:08

Rio de Janeiro EMUs go into service

Electric multiple-unit (EMU) trains manufactured by China's CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co., Ltd. went into operation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 20. An inaugural ceremony was held on that date.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:57

Standard & Poor's upgrades KCS credit rating

Standard & Poor's on Tuesday upgraded Kansas City Southern's credit rating to B+ with a positive outlook, one level below an investment grade rating, which would further cut borrowing costs. The upgrade is based on stronger earnings along with lower debt and interest expenses.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:00

Reactivation of Arkansas short line sought

North Louisiana & Arkansas Railroad, Inc. (NLA) has petitioned the Surface Transportation Board for authority to lease and operate a 21.8-mile line of railroad extending from a point near Lake Village in Chicot County, Ark., to a location near Louisiana Arkansas border. The line is owned by the Southeastern Arkansas Economic Development District.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 09:09

GE TV ad features Transportation employees

Fairfield, Conn.-based General Electric Co. Wednesday advanced its latest television commercial highlighting various aspects of the company, this one featuring employees from GE Transportation's Erie, Pa., plant.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 08:11

CN sells two rail segments to Metrolinx

CN said Tuesday it would sell two rail segments in the Greater Toronto Area to Metrolinx for C$310.5 million.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 07:45

MBTA railcar deliveries behind schedule

Deliveries of bilevel passenger railcars to Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority are up to 18 months behind schedule, with delays appearing to result at least in part due to previous problems endured by Hyundai Rotem USA.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012 13:53

MTA eyes Bombardier for subway order

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors is expected Wednesday to award a contract to Bombardier Transportation for 300 R179 subway cars.

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