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, 19 April 2012 09:30

Denver RTD: Kiewit LRT bid “worthy”

Initially caught off-guard from an unsolicited bid March 8 by Kiewit Infrastructure Group to build a FasTracks light rail transit line, Denver's Regional Tranportation District Wednesday said it has evaluated the bid, "and has found it worthy of moving forward to a competitive procurement process."

Thursday, 19 April 2012 09:03

BART declares "Buy America" intention

Faced with the need to replace what one official calls the oldest rapid transit cars "currently running in the country," BART is readying a $3.2 billion order for 775 new cars which it hopes will be built and assembled in the U.S.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012 11:02

Oklahoma short line gets trackage rights

The Surface Transportation Board Wednesday announced approval of a trackage rights exemption sought be WFEC Railroad Co. "to grant limited nonexclusive overhead trackage rights to Kiamichi Railroad LLC (KRR), over its entire line" of roughly 15 miles.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012 08:52

CSX 1Q beats Street

Leading off Class I first-quarter 2012 earnings reports, CSX Corp. late Tuesday cited first-quarter net income of $449 million, or 43 cents per share. That handily beat Wall Street's consensus analyst estimates of $395 million, or 35 cents per share.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012 08:39

LIRR to double-track Ronkonkoma line

Seeking to improve capacity and reduce scheduling conflicts, MTA Long Island Rail Road Tuesday said it plans to begin double-tracking 12.6 miles of LIRR's Ronkonkoma Branch route between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma, N.Y., two years ahead of the previous schedule.

INIT said Tuesday that GO Transit, a division of Metrolinx, has chosen the company to deploy a new fleet management system for 47 GO Transit railcars, as well as 424 GO buses and 50 non-revenue vehicles.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012 11:43

Talgo ponders suing Wisconsin

Seattle-based Talgo, Inc. is considering legal action against the state of Wisconsin following the latter's long-expected cancelation of a $166 million maintenance contract.

With the addition of the United States and Hungary, InnoTrans 2012 will have a record 32 countries mounting combined national and regional displays of their transport technology at the ninth InnoTrans in Berlin Sept. 18-23.

Monday, 16 April 2012 12:16

Saskatchewan announces short line grants

Saskatchewan's provincial government Monday announced C$700,000 in grants distributed among 11 short line railroads through its Shortline Railway Sustainability Program.

BNSF President and Chief Operating Officer Carl Ice will deliver the keynote speech Sept. 24 to the Opening General Session of the Railway Supply Institute's RSI/CMA 2012 Conference and Trade Show in Chicago.

Friday, 13 April 2012 12:53

CP earns key analyst upgrade

In his proxy fight for control of Canadian Pacific, Pershing Square Capital Management hedge fund chief Bill Ackerman contends that the railroad's management has failed to seize opportunities to improve its performance.

MTA Metro-North Railroad said Friday its systemwide on-time performance was 98.8% during the first quarter of 2012, claiming it was "the best quarter in Metro-North's history."

Friday, 13 April 2012 11:28

STB: Michigan files to acquire NS line

The Surface Transportation Board says Michigan's Department of Transportation has filed an Acquisition Exemption, requesting permission for MichDOT to acquire two sections of NS rights-of-way totaling about 135 miles.

Michigan's Department of Transportation, Norfolk Southern Corp., and Amtrak reportedly have reached agreement on work designed to remove or reduce slow orders NS imposed last month on right-of-way between Kalamazoo, and Dearborn, Mich., the latter city just west of Detroit.

Friday, 13 April 2012 10:24

GWI traffic declines in March, 1Q

Greenwich, Conn.-based Genesee & Wyoming, Inc. said Friday its March 2012 traffic volume fell 13.6% compared with the same month a year ago. As well, GWI's first-quarter traffic volume declined, though less dramatically, by 9.2% measured against the comparable quarter in 2011.

Friday, 13 April 2012 09:51

Seattle streetcar lawsuit dismissed

A King County, Wash., judge has dismissed a suit filed by six bicyclists who said the city of Seattle was negligent in the way it installed tracks for the South Lake Union Streetcar (SLUS), the city's first modern streetcar line.

Friday, 13 April 2012 09:26

Bombardier opens Brazil monorail plant

Bombardier Transportation Friday inaugurated a new monorail vehicle manufacturing facility in Hortolândia-São Paulo, Brazil.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012 11:03

Cubic unveils Nextaccount AFC platform

Cubic Transportation Systems has introduced Nextaccount, which it describes as "the first of several new products in Cubic's solution systems portfolio for the next generation of fully integrated Automated Fare Collection (AFC) systems."

Amtrak Wednesday said it was on pace to "set another new annual ridership record, as passenger counts across its national network for the first six months of fiscal year 2012 (October 2011-March 2012) are up 3.7% over the same period last year, when the current record was established."

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.

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