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 April 2012 12:19

R.J. Corman partners with Toyota

R.J. Corman Railroad Group says that R.J. Corman Switching Co. has formed a partnership with Toyota to provide railcar switching, vehicle shuttling, vehicle loading, and track maintenance at the new Blue Springs, Miss., Toyota Corolla plant.

Toyota Logistics Services recognized Union Pacific Railroad as the top rail transportation provider with its 2011 President's Award. UP received the award for its high level of overall logistics excellence among rail carriers, the Class I carrier noted Monday.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012 07:51

Georgia DOT seeks abandonment exemption

The George Department of Transportation has filed with the Surface Transportation Board for an Abandonment Exemption, in order "to abandon a 3.12-mile line of railroad between milepost 469.15 and milepost 472.27, which comprises a portion of a line known as the L&N Belt, in Fulton County, Ga. (West End Property)."

Tuesday, 10 April 2012 07:45

MARTA OKs LRT plan, tax approval pending

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority's Board of Directors on Monday voted to advance its $3.5 billion rail expansion plan, still subject to approval by voter referendum this July.

TRANSCAER® (Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response) has honored several Class I railroads, and one short line, with the organization's 2011 National Awards.

Monday, 09 April 2012 10:50

Two Arizona streetcar projects advance

Groundbreaking ceremonies for streetcar construction in Tucson, Ariz., are set for this Thursday, 11:00 a.m. local time, while in Tempe, Ariz., initial utilities work on that city's planned streetcar route has commenced.

New Orleans Monday adjusted its road closures as it continues advancing its 1.5-mile, $45 million streetcar extension along Loyola Avenue.

The Greenbrier Cos. Monday reported net earnings of $17.7 million, or 57 cents per diluted share, in its fiscal second quarter ending Feb. 29, 2012, compared with a net loss of $550,000, or two cents per diluted share, in the comparable 2011 quarter.

Monday, 09 April 2012 09:15

United Streetcar chosen in D.C. do-over

Washington, D.C.’s District Department of Transportation has chosen United Streetcar, LLC—again—to supply two streetcars for use on DDOT’s H Street/Benning Road Line in the city’s Northeast.

Monday, 09 April 2012 08:59

DART readies Orange Line test train

Dallas Area Rapid Transit Monday is running its first light rail transit test train on the five-mile extension of the Orange Line into Irving, Tex. The train will travel from Bachman Station to the Irving Convention Center.

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority has formally approved plans for a $126.7 million Providence streetcar system, including a financing mechanism for the project, and authorized a preliminary 2.5-mile route still subject to adjustment.

Monday, 09 April 2012 06:55

U.S. freight traffic remains mixed: AAR

U.S. freight traffic continued its split personality impersonation spanning most of 2012 for the week ending March 31, 2012.

Thursday, 05 April 2012 08:54

MARTA eyes LRT for Emory University

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is weighing light rail transit service to serve Emory University and neighborhood points, tying in with the agency's existing subway system.

Thursday, 05 April 2012 07:46

Streetcars belong. Even on the street

Much like any group, passenger rail advocates split into subsections or specialties of interest or belief, such as high speed rail, Amtrak, regional/commuter, rapid transit, LRT—and streetcars.

Camp Hill, Pa.-based Harsco Corp. late Wednesday announced it had secured international orders for its railway track maintenance rail grinders totaling more than $20 million, including the company's first rail equipment order from South Korea. Harsco also has landed its first larger-capacity 30-stone rail grinder sale into China's burgeoning urban metro transit market.

Quincy, Wash.-based Rail Logistics-Cold Train and Interstate Distributor Co. have announced a partnership in which Cold Train will utilize a dedicated fleet of trucks from Interstate Distributor Co. for short-haul drayage service to and from the Port of Quincy, Wash., Intermodal Terminal.

Wednesday, 04 April 2012 08:04

Bombardier train wins Red Dot Design Award

Bombardier Transportation said Wednesday its Regina X55 intercity train, which entered service with Sweden's SJ in February, has been awarded the prestigious Red Dot Design Award by Germany's renowned Design Zentrum Nordrhein-Westfalen.

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.

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