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, 02 January 2014 13:48

Strong Christmas week for U.S. freight traffic

U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Dec. 28, 2013 advanced strongly, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. U.S. freight carload traffic gained 8.1% when measured against the comparable week in 2012, while U.S. intermodal volume did even better, up 10.6%.

Thursday, 02 January 2014 09:53

Public transit tax break slashed for 2014

U.S. public transit users headed for work, school, or other tasks as 2014 began once again were receiving unequal fiscal pre-tax transport treatment from the federal government, something that was commonplace through 2008, though less so in recent years.

Friday, 27 December 2013 11:20

Cincinnati streetcar construction resumes

Pro-streetcar supporters served coffee and breakfast snacks to workers resuming construction Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, on Cincinnati's controversial streetcar line, now proceeding once more following a reaffirmation of the project by the City Council.

Thursday, 26 December 2013 12:35

U.S. freight traffic maintains December "mix"

U.S. freight rail traffic continued offering mixed results for December as evidenced by data for the week ending Dec. 21, 2013, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported Thursday.

Thursday, 26 December 2013 09:45

Empire Corridor gets federal fund boost

New York State will receive $18.5 million to relieve rail congestion in and around Syracuse, N.Y., an Amtrak station stop on right-of-way owned by CSX Corp.

Thursday, 26 December 2013 08:44

CP Holiday Train raises record funds

Canadian Pacific on Christmas Day, 2013, said it has "officially wrapped up its journey across Canada and the United States raising record donations for North American food banks."

Tuesday, 24 December 2013 08:55

Fresno group files CHSRA support statement

A "support statement" filed with the Surface Transportation Board by Fresno Works, dated Dec. 20, 2013, urges STB to "expeditiously grant the petition for exemption" for construction of high speed rail between Fresno, Calif., and Bakersfield, roughly 114 miles in length.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013 08:38

MTA touts LIRR, Metro-North apps

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) says customers using  Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road services can now turn to official apps for real-time train information.

Monday, 23 December 2013 12:28

FTA gives nod to St. Louis Loop Trolley

Plans for heritage trolley service in St. Louis' Delmar Loop, dogged by lawsuits and delays throughout 2013, have been given preliminary approval by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

Monday, 23 December 2013 10:46

Bombardier gets TransLink contract

Bombardier Transportation said Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 it has signed a contract to provide train operations for TransLink's West Coast Express regional rail system in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia.

Friday, 20 December 2013 12:02

Cincinnati suppliers: Thank the advocates

Christmas came early to Cincinnati streetcar advocates this year of 2013, on Dec. 19, to be precise.

Friday, 20 December 2013 09:39

LIRR taps Ansaldo STS for signal project

Ansaldo STS said Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 it has been awarded a $20.5 million signaling contract to provide MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) an upgraded 45-mile segment of right-of-way between Speonk and Montauk, N.Y., the easternmost portion of LIRR's Montauk Branch, located in Suffolk County.

Thursday, 19 December 2013 14:26

Cincinnati streetcar survives political turmoil

Construction on Cincinnati's streetcar project will resume following weeks of political posturing and gamesmanship culminating Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, in a decision to let the project continue.

Thursday, 19 December 2013 13:17

U.S. freight traffic stays mixed in December

U.S. freight carload volume declined, while intermodal gained ground, during the week ending Dec. 14, 2013, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday, Dec. 19, making it two weeks in a row with such a split result.

Thursday, 19 December 2013 12:27

SMART gets more funds, adds station to line

Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) said Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) has approved $16.7 million in funds to extend passenger rail service to the site of SMART's Operations & Maintenance Facility (OMF) near the Sonoma County Airport in California.

Thursday, 19 December 2013 11:35

URS hired to aid LA Streetcar project

Los Angeles' Downtown Streetcar project, recently beset by cost concerns and pushback from some anti-rail quarters, has hired URS to restore momentum to the proposed project.

Thursday, 19 December 2013 11:10

NCTD notes work schedule for COASTER route

California's North County Transit District (NCTD) on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 specified track work dates for its Coastal Rail Line, used by its COASTER regional rail service, and part of the LOSSAN rail line linking San Diego and Los Angeles, which includes Amtrak service.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 10:02

MTA seeks Buy America waiver for SAS

The Federal Transit Administration is considering a Buy America waiver submitted by New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) "for the Pad and Rubber Boot of a Concrete Block for a Low Vibration Track System," related to construction of the Second Avenue Subway (SAS) in Manhattan.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 12:58

Three teams vie for Waterloo DBOM contract

Ontario province's Regional Municipality of Waterloo will evaluate three competing bids for a C$536 million (US$505 million) contract to build an initial 11.8-mile light rail transit line. All three bids were submitted by deadline Monday, Dec. 16, 2013.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 12:28

STB backs BNSF on coal dust issue

The Surface Transportation Board Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 said BNSF Railway has performed due diligence in minimizing or mitigating the generation of coal dust during rail movements, turning aside complaints from shippers and environmental groups claiming the railroad has been negligent.

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