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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Friday, 31 January 2014 10:47

Conductors union spurns CN pact

Canadian National said Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference-Conductors, Trainpersons and Yardpersons has advised the railroad that "the tentative labor agreements negotiated with the union in October 2013 have failed to ratify."

Friday, 31 January 2014 09:28

Tacoma LRT extension options weighed

Tacoma, Wash.'s City Council has informally endorsed a specific route for extending the city's 1.6-mile Link Light Rail (often defined by some as a streetcar) operated by Sound Transit.

Thursday, 30 January 2014 15:56

CN earnings rise in 4Q, slip for year

CN issued its earnings report for the fourth quarter and full-year 2013 after the closing bell on Wall Street Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, gaining in the quarter over the comparable period in 2012 on record revenue, but reporting full-year earnings lower than that of 2012.

Thursday, 30 January 2014 14:37

LIRR is No. 1 again. For now.

Congratulations to the Long Island Rail Road, once again in 2013 the unquestioned largest regional passenger railroad by ridership in the nation. Let's see if it can hold that prize. I'm doubtful.

Thursday, 30 January 2014 13:13

December employment rises from a year ago

Compiled figures released this week by the Surface Transportation Board show Class I railroads employed 162,810 people in mid-December, up a scant 0.10% from December 2012, but down 0.24% from the previous month of November.

Thursday, 30 January 2014 12:13

Another good week for U.S. freight traffic

U.S. freight carload traffic and U.S. intermodal volume advanced for the second week in a row, and third week in four marking 2014's start, during the week ending Jan. 25, 2014, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday, Jan. 30.

Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:22

FEC taps GE Transportation for 24 locomotives

Jacksonville, Fla.-based Florida Florida East Coast Railway, LLC (FEC) announced Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 it will acquire 24 new ES44C4 locomotives from Erie-Pa.-based GE Transportation.

Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:56

San Antonio streetcar plan survives threat

Texas's attorney general will not appeal a judgment affirming the right of San Antonio's VIA Metropolitan Tarnsit to sell bonds for several projects, including two downtown transit depots to serve as hubs for a streetcar system.

Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:42

Gainesville, Fla., weighs streetcar line

Consultants are working with a Streetcar Project Advisory Committee in Gainesville, Fla., to prepare a proposal for a line linking the city's downtown with the University of Florida.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 12:30

Trinity Industries closes railcar sale

Dallas-based Trinity Industries, Inc. on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 said it had closed the sale of the second tranche of leased railcars to Element Financial Corp., under the newly formed strategic railcar alliance announced last month.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 11:54

Charlotte funds streetcar engineering work

Hoping to leverage a local funding commitment to obtain federal funds, Charlotte, N.C. has approved $12 million for engineering work on a 2.5-mile streetcar extension, expected to cost $126 million.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 10:37

Baton Rouge crafts streetcar plan

Louisiana's state capital, Baton Rouge, is considering a plan for streetcar operations as part of a city and parish (county) plan, FuturEBR.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 09:40

CP 4Q, full year set numerous records

Canadian Pacific said it set numerous records for both its fourth quarter and full-year 2013, and offered guidance suggesting continued improvement in 2014.

Monday, 27 January 2014 11:25

DART eyes early access to DFW Airport

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) said it anticipates opening its 4.7-mile Orange Line light rail transit extension to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport ahead of schedule.

Friday, 24 January 2014 10:44

Railcar 4Q production, backlog stay strong

Fourth-quarter railcar orders, deliveries, and backlogs showed robust activity, according to the Railway Supply Institute's American Railway Car Institute Committee (ARCI) data released Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. Tank cars, in particular, continued to show robust activity.

Friday, 24 January 2014 10:09

RailComm upgrades Texas yard system

Fairport, N.Y.-based RailComm said Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2014 it has upgraded the current Domain Operations Controller (DOC®) system in a Fort Worth, Tex., rail yard to include RailComm's Blue Flag Indicator (BFI) System.

Friday, 24 January 2014 09:08

KCS sets 4Q, full-year revenue records

Kansas City Southern reported fourth-quarter net income of $114 million, or $1.03 per diluted share, up 12% from $93 million, or 83 cents per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2012, based on record fourth-quarter revenue of $616 million.

Railway Age is now accepting entries for its annual Short Line/Regional Railroad of the Year competition. Short lines and regionals—and there are more than 500 of them—are invited to submit entries describing outstanding achievement in one or a combination of areas. 

Thursday, 23 January 2014 14:03

Good 4Q13 for Union Pacific

Union Pacific said Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 fourth-quarter 2013 earnings of $1.17 billion, or $2.55 per share, up 13% from $1.04 billion, or $2.19 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Thursday, 23 January 2014 13:46

AAR CEO: Room for both CBR and pipelines

Contrary to some speculation, North American railroads stand ready to do their share in supplying crude-by-rail (CBR) service to complement oil transport by pipeline, Association of American Railroads President and CEO Edward R. Hamberger said Jan. 23, 2014.

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