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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H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, contains billions of investment dollars for rail projects, passenger and freight.

Thursday, 19 February 2009 04:47

Calgary LRT notches one-billion rider mark

Calgary, Alberta’s C-Train light rail service, which opened in 1981, officially recorded its 1 billionth passenger Wednesday, as officials also noted the system now carries 280,000 riders per weekday.

One week is left for nominations to be submitted for Railway Age’s annual Short Line/Regional Railroad of the Year competition.

Balfour Beatty Rail, Inc.’s Transit division says it has successfully negotiated the first two work orders in its systems on-call services contract with the Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD), with a combined value in excess of $16 million. Both work orders have a completion date of Oct. 31, 2010.

Monday, 23 February 2009 05:11

Montana Rail Link taps 10East

10East Corp. says Montana Rail Link, Inc. has chosen to use the RailDOCS™ Preventive Maintenance Management System (PMMS) in support of preventive maintenance and government compliance activities in its signal department.

Monday, 23 February 2009 09:44

Phoenix warms to light rail

Add Phoenix to the growing list of cities with a successful light rail launch. The 20-mile LRT line, which debuted late last December, averaged 30,600 riders per weekday, significantly above the 26,000 boardings per weekday anticipated by Metro.

Tuesday, 24 February 2009 07:26

CN appeals STB mandate on EJ&E overpass costs

Canadian National has filed an appeal in U.S. federal court challenging a mandate issued by the Surface Transportation Board that it pay the majority of costs for two rail crossing upgrades on the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway Co., which it acquired in January for $300 million.

Wednesday, 25 February 2009 08:50

Transit market buoys Wabtec 4Q08 profit

Crediting strength in its transit and transportation markets, Wilmerding, Pa.-based Wabtec Corp. Feb. 25 said it posted fourth-quarter net income of $31.1 million, or 64 cents per share, on sales of $405.2 million. That compares with net income of $28.7 million, or 58 cents per share, on sales of $365.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2007, or a 9% jump in fourth-quarter profit. Per-share results were short of analyst expectations of 65 cents per share on revenue of $391 million.

Southwest Signal Engineering Co. announced Monday that it has changed its corporate name to Xorail Inc. (pronounced "Zo-rail"). The move complements the company’s actions last September, when the provider of signal and communications services to the railroad industry and other sectors formed a separate construction subsidiary, called Xorail Construction Services, which specializes in construction services for railroads.

Miami International Airport began construction Monday of its 1.27-mile, $342 million MIA Mover line. The dual elevated guideway project will include two station stops while connecting the airport with Miami Intermodal Connector, a passenger intermodal hub offering access to Amtrak, Tri-Rail, and Metrorail services, along with bus and taxi options.

Tuesday, 03 March 2009 10:23

Metrolink engineer let railfan access cab

The Metrolink engineer involved in the Sept. 12, 2008 Chatsworth, Calif., train crash had earlier allowed a teenaged railfan access to the locomotive cab, overseeing him as the railfan piloted the train, and planned to do so again the day of the accident, which killed 25 and injured 130, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

Annapolis, Md.-based ARINC Inc. will design and produce a supervisory control system and communications systems for the Long Island Rail Road’s Harold Interlocking Complex in Long Island City, N.Y.  Harold is among the busiest such complexes in the U.S., handling LIRR, New Jersey Transit, and Amtrak train movements as well as some freight activity.

Northern California’s Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) says it’s prepared to target up to $98 million in federal Stimulus Package funding to 10 “shovel-ready” projects, and has the list prepared for federal officials to evaluate March 9, when CCJPA representatives will be in Washington. Total cost of the projects involved is $144 million.

Canadian Pacific subsidiary Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad can proceed with a $6 billion plan to extend rail right-of-way 262 miles west of Wall, S.D., to Wyoming’s Powder River Basin coal fields, the South Dakota Transportation Commission ruled Wednesday.

House Resolution [H.R.} 233, the Railroad Antitrust Enforcement Act of 2009, currently being considered by Congress, would damage the public interest and severely distort the relationship between regulation and antitrust laws, the Association of American Railroads said Tuesday.

New Jersey Transit said July 9 it will debut rail service between Hoboken Terminaland Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., via Secaucus Junction, beginning Sunday, July 26, 2009, when the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final title soccer match is scheduled.

Monday, 10 August 2009 06:58

Deadline looms for Huron Central Railway

Communities lining Ontario’s North Shore are racing to beat an Aug. 15 deadline to preserve freight rail service on the Huron Central Railway, linking Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury. A committee formed to implement a rescue plan says any measure would require infrastructure investment by senior levels of the provincial government.

Madrid-based CAF (Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles, SA) says it is working to address problems involving loose bolts in Pittsburgh’s light rail vehicle fleet, operated by the Port Authority of Allegheny County (Pennsylvania).

Thursday, 05 March 2009 11:11

AAR sounds alarm on Senate

The Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday reported a bill aimed at eliminating the railroads' limited antitrust exemption. The Association of American Railroads said the effort "could alter economic oversight of the railroads."

Scrambling belatedly to secure light rail transit service after rejecting same a decade ago, Virginia Beach, Va., may receive a $20 million state grant to acquire 10.6 miles of Norfolk Southern right-of-way within the municipality. The route, if acquired, would almost certainly become an addition to “The Tide” light rail line now being constructed in neighboring Norfolk, which ends at the Virginia Beach border.

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