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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A statement released Friday by the Association of American Railroads commented unfavorably on a proposal by the National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) for mandatory switching, which AAR asserted "would harm all rail network users."

Amtrak has reached tentative agreement with private developers in Manhattan to construct an 800-foot-long box tunnel on site at the 26-acre Hudson Yards development site on Manhattan’s West Side. The tunnel would act as a placeholder for eventual expansion of Northeast Corridor capacity under the Hudson River, Amtrak’s Gateway Tunnel project.

Monterey County, Calif., is considering a proposal to extend rail service roughly 60 miles south of San Jose, in Santa Clara County, to Salinas, Calif.—in essence adding to the heavily used Capitol Corridor intercity rail service area.

The Greenbrier Cos. Thursday said it has reached agreement with The Timken Co. to sell "substantially all the equipment utilized in Greenbrier's reconditioned wheelset roller bearing operations in Elizabethtown, Kentucky."

Thursday, 28 February 2013 13:42

OSHA: NS must redress whistleblower violations

Norfolk Southern Railway Co. has been ordered to pay $1.1 million to three workers following an investigation by the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which found that the company violated the whistleblower provisions of the Federal Railroad Safety Act, OSHA said Thursday.

Thursday, 28 February 2013 11:06

Same mix for U.S. freight traffic, AAR reports

U.S. freight traffic for the week ending Feb. 23, 2013 remained mixed, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday. U.S. freight carload traffic slipped 1.2% measured against the comparable week in 2012, counterbalanced by a 4.1% gain in U.S. intermodal volume during the week compared to last year.

Thursday, 28 February 2013 08:49

Last leg of Denver I-225 LRT to get under way

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Friday for the the last segment of the 10.5-mile I-225 light rail transit line extending through Aurora, Colo.

Thursday, 28 February 2013 08:29

PATH readies full weekend service restoration

Weekend PATH service between the World Trade Center and Exchange Place in Jersey City is scheduled to resume Friday evening, completing the final phase of service restoration to the system following disruption due to Hurricane Sandy Oct. 29, 2012.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013 11:58

Eastern Region Rail Crossing Conference set

The New England Railroad Club and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation will hold the 2013 Eastern Region Highway-Rail Crossing Safety Conference and Expo at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass., April 16-18.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013 11:22

Harsco Rail notes new orders

Camp Hill, Pa.-based Harsco Corp. said Tuesday it has secured several new orders in its Harsco Rail track maintenance group, including four new equipment orders from China. Terms of the orders were not disclosed.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013 10:27

Sequestration: Shared pain may do some good

Here's one observer not sweating sequestration or its effects overmuch, at least not from the transportation point of view.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013 09:36

Florida county affirms 2014 referendum

Pinellas County, Fla., commissioners Tuesday approved putting a transit sales tax referendum on the Nov. 4, 2014 ballot. The vote was 5-to-1.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 10:35

OLI, FTA set transit Safety Education Grants

Operation Lifesaver, Inc., in partnership with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), announced Monday that grant funds are available to transit agencies and other governmental entities for rail transit safety education and public awareness initiatives.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 10:14

St. Louis ponders downtown streetcar system

Citizen advocates in St. Louis are advancing a streetcar plan to connect the city's downtown with the Central West End as part of an economic development plan.

Monday, 25 February 2013 12:37

NS to discontinue some Roanoke operations

Norfolk Southern said Monday it will cease regional railcar classification operations at its Roanoke Terminal hump yard in Roanoke, Va., effective immediately. The move will eliminate 140 positions, NS said.

Monday, 25 February 2013 11:48

State funds for Fort Lauderdale streetcar?

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has championed cost-cutting during his administration, and rejected federal efforts to advance high speed rail in the Sunshine State. But Scott has allowed SunRail regional rail service to advance in the Orlando metropolitan area, and now seems willing to assist Fort Lauderdale's efforts to establish streetcar service.

Friday, 22 February 2013 15:00

January employment up year-over-year

Figures released Friday by the Surface Transportation Board show Class I railroads employed 162,043 people in mid-January 2013, up 1.2% from December 2012, though down 0.37%, or 609 employees, from December 2012.

Friday, 22 February 2013 11:02

ABB wins order to supply TTC

ABB said Friday it has received a contract from Toronto-based electrical contractor Ozz Electric, Inc. to supply and commission rail traction power equipment for the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC).

Carloads of crude oil on U.S. Class I railroads set a record in 2012, up 256% from crude carloads in 2011, modestly helping to offset declines in other freight carload categories last year, according to results released by the Association of American Railroads Thursday. Crude oil in 2012 represented 0.8% of all U.S. Class I rail carloads, up from 0.2% in 2011. AAR reports crude-only carloading data on a quarterly basis.

Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:39

NOPB Railroad taps GE Transportation

Erie, Pa.-based GE Transportation said Thursday New Orleans Public Belt Railroad has signed an agreement to use GE's software applications for railroad transportation management and railcar repair and maintenance.

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