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, 13 June 2013 07:33

Metro-North initiates Bronx R-O-W cleanup

MTA Metro-North Railroad said Wednesday, June 12, 2013 it will accelerate track work in the Bronx, encompassing drainage improvements, tie replacements, fencing repairs, and general cleanup of the wayside for nine weeks, stretching from July 1 through Labor Day.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. has turned aside a challenge by chemical makers to a Federal Railroad Administration regulation involving the safety of chemical shipments and by rail, including in relationship to implementing Positive Train Control (PTC).

Both houses of Connecticut's state legislature have unanimously passed a bill calling for electrification of Metro-North Railroad's Waterbury Branch and the Danbury Branch by 2023, bolstering access between Waterbury, Conn., and New York's Grand Central Terminal.

Providence, R.I., officials seek $39 million in federal TIGER funding to help advance a $114.4 million streetcar plan to serve Rhode Island's capital.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013 10:00

Bombardier resumes CTA car delivery

Delivery of Chicago Transit Authority's 5000 Series transit cars resumed last week after being suspended this spring, reportedly due to quality control issues at Bombardier Transportation's facilities in Plattsburgh, N.Y.

Carmel, Ind.-based Ritron, Inc. said Tuesday, June 11, 2013 it has delivered an order for 350 pieces of the Ritron NXDN digital locomotive radios to the Southeast Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA).

A report released Friday, June 7, 2013, by Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority staff recommends LACMTA award a $1.27 billion contract to Walsh-Shea Corridor Constructors, to advance the Crenshaw Line light rail transit project.

This opinion piece should start off updating some of the ongoing debate between champions of rail rights-of-way restoration for rail use, and those wanting those rights-of-way for hiking or biking trails (get rid of those pesky trains). But first, a frontloaded digression: Anyone have a spare historic railcar?

Stung by recent criticism of its rail products from at least two authorities (and possibly from U.S.-based rail observers as well), AnsaldoBreda is defending its product line, particularly its high speed rail equipment, suggesting any problems result from improper use.

The Dow Chemical Company and Union Pacific said Friday, June 7 they have published a new report on the progress of a cooperative agreement that began in 2007 to improve rail safety and security.

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is touting the winners of the first annual Rail Safety & Security Excellence Awards, which acknowledges rail transit agencies in North America for their excellence in safety and security programs and operations.

Clackamas County, Ore. commissioners have unanimously approved a property transfer that will allow TriMet to build the Trolley Trail through Milwaukie and Oak Grove concurrent with Portland-Milwaukie light rail transit construction, extending TriMet's reach into Portland's southeastern suburbs.

Friday, 07 June 2013 07:22

CHSRA finalizes first HSR contract

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) has awarded a $985.1 million contract to a joint venture led by Sylmar, Calif.-based Tutor Perini to oversee construction of the first phase of the state high speed rail network. Work is scheduled to begin this summer.

Property owners in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will pay a special assessments tax to help pay for implementation of phase one of The Wave, the city's initial streetcar line.

Thursday, 06 June 2013 13:13

Louisiana rail yard taps RailComm system

Fairport, N.Y.-based RailComm says it has provided a yard control system to a yard in Geismar, La.

Solid U.S. rail freight traffic growth marked the last week of May—ending June 1, 2013, as measured by the Association of American Railroads—and the entire month, AAR said Thursday, June 6.

Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) will oversee three public workshops this month on the proposed extension of The Tide light rail transit to Naval Station Norfolk.

Wabtec Corp. said Wednesday, June 5, 2013 its MotivePower subsidiary has received an order to build six additional locomotives for CFCLA Rail JV Pty Ltd., a joint venture of CFCL Australia Pty. Ltd. and Marubeni Corp. of Tokyo. In 2012, the company ordered 10 MotivePower locomotives.

Wednesday, 05 June 2013 20:11

VIA Rail Canada strike looms

Union members of Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) have approved tentative plans for strike against VIA Rail Canada, which could begin after midnight June 14, CAW officials said Tuesday, June 4, 2013.
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 20:06

Alaska Railroad begins extension project

Alaska Railroad has begun clearing right-of-way for a 32-mile, $88 million extension between Point MacKenzie and Houston, Alaska.

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