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, 28 March 2013 12:43

New streak? U.S. carload freight up again

U.S. freight carload traffic logged a second straight week of gains, albeit modest ones, measured against the comparable period in 2012, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday.

Thursday, 28 March 2013 08:47

Amtrak emphasizes capital in FY14 request

Amtrak is seeking $2.1 billion in capital funding for fiscal year 2014, which begins Oct. 1, to obtain more passenger rail cars and continue its momentum in improving infrastructure.

Lake Oswego, Ore.-based The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. late Wednesday said it received new orders in January, February, and March for 5,400 railcar units valued at approximately $575 million.

TTX Co. AVP-Marketing Frank Adcock will outline the challenges of "Managing the national equipment pool" at The New Intermodal Age Conference and Expo, to be held next week, April 2-3, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore on the Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Md.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 10:41

To public, railroads still toil in obscurity

To state the obvious: Other things besides railroads preoccupy the average American’s daily life. But when one deals with, works on, or writes about the railroad industry on a daily basis, a reminder of the obvious doesn’t hurt.

Transit Center, Inc., Tuesday named David Bragdon executive director. Transit Center, Inc. was founded in the mid-1980s by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey as an incubator and provider of pre-tax commuter benefits.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 08:06

NCTD alerts customers on PTC installation

Southern California's North County Transit District, which oversees operations of Coaster regional rail service serving San Diego County, says it has begun installing Positive Train Control on right-of-way in and around Carlsbad and Del Mar, Calif.

Figures released Tuesday by the Surface Transportation Board show Class I railroads employed 162,228 people in mid-February, up 0.90% from February 2012, and up a modest 0.11% from last January.

Monday, 25 March 2013 15:26

Illinois lands more HrSR funding

Illinois has led the pack among Midwest states eager to improve intercity passenger rail service, particularly higher-speed rail (HrSR), both in terms of verbal support and fiscal commitment. The federal government has continued to reward the state, and has now redirected $808 million originally destined for neighboring Wisconsin.

San Francisco's historic and popular F Line streetcar service may reach a short but critical 0.85 miles west of its current terminus at Fisherman's Wharf, if a recommendation spearheaded by the National Park Service comes to fruition.

Saturday, 23 March 2013 14:47

FY13 budget bill leaves Amtrak intact

Approval by the House of Representatives Thursday of Senate spending levels for the remainder of fiscal year 2013, approved a day earlier, results in Amtrak's funding remaining relatively intact.

Railway Age magazine has named Gardendale Railroad, Inc. the 2013 Short Line Railroad of the Year, and Montana Rail Link its 2013 Regional Railroad of the Year. The awards will be presented at the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association's annual meeting in Atlanta, Ga., Tuesday, April 30, 2013.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said Thursday a deal had been reached with Amtrak to continue operation of the Pennsylvanian between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, the state capital. The Pennsylvanian also serves Philadelphia and New York.

Friday, 22 March 2013 07:10

AAR spurns Senate antitrust bill

The Association of American Railroads late Thursday voiced strong objetction to introduction of the Railroad Antitrust Enforcement Act, earlier in the day, by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Sen. David Vitter (R-La.).

Thursday, 21 March 2013 11:07

VIA Rail touts streaming live video service

Spokespersons for VIA Rail Canada said Thursday the railroad this spring will offer the capability for passengers to stream live videos on their laptops, smart phone, or tablet.

Thursday, 21 March 2013 10:38

U.S. freight traffic rises as winter ends

U.S. freight carload traffic gained ground during the week ending March 16, 2013, up 0.5% measured against the comparable week in 2012, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday.

Thursday, 21 March 2013 08:57

MBTA set for Green Line LRT extension

After years of delays and political maneuvering among elected officials, community activists, and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, MBTA will finally begin work this month on right-of-way to extend its Green Line light rail transit (T) service.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:13

NS annual report sports upbeat tone

Norfolk Southern said Wednesday it was moving ahead in 2013 after coming off its second-best year ever for revenue, operating income, net income, and earnings per share.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013 13:15

AAR pans STB review of coal rail rates

The Association of American Railroads Wednesday took issue with a decision by the Surface Transportation Board, issued Tuesday, "not to factor into their review of coal rail rates product and geographic competition information affecting wholesale power markets."

Wednesday, 20 March 2013 12:14

STV appoints Amodei to Northeast Region post

STV, Inc., said Wednedsay Richard M. Amodei, senior vice president, has been named the head of the firm's Transportation & Infrastructure Division's Northeast region, which includes offices in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Canada.

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