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, 16 May 2013 14:56

NCTD: SPRINTER to resume May 18

The North County Transit District (NCTD) announced Thursday, May 16, its SPRINTER diesel light rail transit (DLRT) service would resume operations at 4:33 a.m. Pacific Time Saturday, May 18, restoring rail service to northern San Diego County, Calif., that has been suspended for two months.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 10:51

AAR notes U.S. freight traffic gains

U.S. freight carload traffic rose 0.6% in the week ending May 11, 2013, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday, May 16, as U.S. intermodal volume continued its winning ways, up 3.9%, combining for a winning week overall, with total U.S. traffic up 2.1%.

Additional Long Island Rail Road service on the Port Washington branch, including access to Grand Central Terminal in 2019, would include the branch's namesake terminus in North Hempstead, N.Y., but the municipality is fretting over the loss of train station parking space instead.

Thursday, 16 May 2013 08:57

Charlotte revisits streetcar extension

Charlotte, N.C.'s City Council is weighing revival of a stalled 2.5-mile streetcar plan, shelved earlier this year after pressure from state-level officials combined with acrimony between the council and Mayor Anthony Foxx.

Milwaukee is one of at least three U.S. cities pursuing streetcar development despite questioning, and sometimes outright opposition, from those cities' state governments, and Wisconsin's largest urban municipality is adjusting its plans accordingly.

Thursday, 16 May 2013 07:48

AMT, CN in talks on Deux-Montagnes line

CN is holding discussions with Montreal's Agence metropolitaine de transport (AMT) on the possible sale of CN's Deux-Montagnes line, including the Mount Royal tunnel, used by AMT regional trains.

Bombardier Transportation said Wednesday, May 15, it is a "lead participant" in the first International Symposium on Rolling Stock, to commence Thursday in Bangkok, Thailand.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013 08:42

Knorr-Bremse opens Maryland plant

Knorr-Bremse has opened its new Rail Vehicle Systems plant in Westminster, Md., in order to cope with "ongoing growth of the U.S. mass transit market and of three current major orders for HVAC systems."

MARTA’s Board of Directors authorized a revised contract Monday, May, 13, with URS Energy and Construction, Inc. to design and build the Atlanta Streetcar, with the total price now set at $59 million, up from $52.2 million.

The Surface Transportation Board announced Monday, May 13, that it has adopted final mediation and arbitration rules that establish a new arbitration program under which shippers and railroads may agree in advance to voluntarily arbitrate certain types of disputes with clearly defined liability limits in matters coming before the agency.

Operation Lifesaver, Inc. programs and partners across the U.S. will celebrate International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD) on Tuesday, May 7, with a variety of events to illustrate the importance of safe behavior at grade crossings and around train tracks.

Caltrain said Thursday its staff offered a preliminary report to the Joint Powers Board indicating the rail service's Fiscal Year 2014 budget will be balanced, but warning that FY15 could produce a budget shortfall that might trigger fare increases and service cuts.

Friday, 03 May 2013 07:57

NY&A nets ASLRRA honors

Among those recognized with various awards April 30 (including Railway Age's own Short Line Railroad of the Year and Regional Railroad of the Year honors) during the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association annual meeting in Atlanta, the New York & Atlantic Railway notched both marketing and safety awards from ASLRRA.

The recipe for 2013 seldom changes; U.S. freight rail traffic for the week ending April 27, 2013 retained the same mix of “mixed,” the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday.

FreightCar America, Inc. Wednesday reported a net loss of $2.6 million, or 22 cents per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2013, on revenue of $87.6 million. That compared with first-quarter 2012 earnings of $9.7 million, or 81 cents per diluted share, on revenue of $219.million. Wall Street analysts had anticipated a net profit of six cents per diluted share in the quarter.

Thursday, 02 May 2013 09:13

GWI marks 1Q earnings, new headquarters

Genesee & Wyoming, Inc. Wednesday reported first-quarter net income of $82.7 million, compared with net income of $22.2 million in the first quarter of 2012. Excluding the impact of certain significant items discussed below, G&W's adjusted net income in the first quarter of 2013 was $48.9 million, compared with adjusted net income of $25.0 million in the first quarter of 2012, the company said.

Thursday, 02 May 2013 07:42

GATX classroom railcar rolls into action

GATX Corp. on Wednesday announced a new classroom railcar will be put into service along with its TankTrainer, a tank car developed to provide hands-on training in maintenance and operation.

Friday, 26 April 2013 11:20

RailComm tapped for Alliance Yard

Fairport, N.Y.-based RailComm said Friday it has provided a yard control system, as well as remote control blue flag protection, to a yard in Alliance, Neb.

MTA New York City Transit Thursday officially established 30 subway stations on Manhattan's West Side as accessible to Wi-Fi needs. MTA officials were joined by executives from four companies in making the announcement at the Times Square subway stop: AT&T, Boingo Wireless, Transit Wireless, and T-Mobile USA.

Restating Oregon's official position even as the state commits to brinksmanship, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber's office continues to insist the proposed $3.4 billion bistate Columbia River Crossing will die if Washington state tries to remove the light rail transit portion from the bridge project, as several Washington state elected officials have attempted.

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