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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Monday, 07 January 2013 09:56

Short line opposes Twin Cities LRT plan

Glencoe, Minn.-based Twin Cities and Western Railroad has voiced opposition to a proposed light rail operation serving the southwestern suburbs of Minneapolis/St. Paul.
Railroad Development Corp. Chairman Henry Posner for months has objected to a plan stripping 460 feet from New Jersey Transit's "Princeton Dinky" branch line. Posner has written to NJ Transit, offering to manage the line.
Friday, 04 January 2013 10:35

Amtrak fills more senior operations posts

Amtrak late Thursday said it has named Magdy El-Sibaie as the new chief safety officer and Robin McDonough as chief, business operations. Both will report directly to D.J. Stadtler, vice president of operations.
Friday, 04 January 2013 10:16

NS touts role in industrial development

Norfolk Southern said Friday it has "participated in the location of 64 new industries and the expansion of 30 existing industries along its rail lines in 2012."
Thursday, 03 January 2013 14:14

U.S. freight traffic ends 2012 on down note

Both U.S. freight carload traffic and U.S. intermodal volume declined for the week ending Dec. 29, 2012—essentially the end of the year—the Association of American Railroads said Thursday.

Thursday, 03 January 2013 12:08

AECOM lands MBTA Green Line work

AECOM Technology Corp. Thursday said, as part of a joint venture, it has been chosen by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to provide advanced preliminary design services for extending Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's (MBTA) Green Line light rail service. The contract is worth $43.3 million.

Thursday, 03 January 2013 11:11

Transit benefit restored in fiscal deal

Among the changes (and status quo) perpetuated by Congress in its Jan. 2 budgetary decision making, public transit users were offered a plus: the rise in pretax federal transit benefits to $240 per month, up from $125 in 2012.

Thursday, 03 January 2013 10:06

PATH touts weekend service resumption

PATH trains linking Newark, N.J., and the World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan will resume running on the weekends, beginning this weekend, Jan. 5-6, continuing an on-again, off-again pattern in place since the system was crippled by Hurricane Sandy. Operating hours on the weekends will be from 5:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 02 January 2013 13:07

CN merges two U.S. subsidiaries

Canadian National ended 2012 by completing its merger of the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway into its Wisconsin Central Ltd. railroad subsidiary.
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 11:41

Amtrak to FRA: Lightweight HSR trains, please

Amtrak begins the new year by formally planning to request revisions to Federal Railroad Administration safety standards to facilitate lighter-weight high speed rail equipment, a move U.S. rail advocates have sought for at least two decades.

Friday, 28 December 2012 10:56

MTA launches "Subway Time" app

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Friday released its "Subway Time" app for passengers with iPhones and iPod Touch devices, providing up-to-the-minute arrival times for trains on it's "A" Division (numbered) lines, which largely serve a high-volume feeders/distributors in Manhattan.

A U.S. District Judge in Hawaii has ruled that the city and county of Honolulu can proceed with Oahu's $5.2 billion elevated rapid rail project.
Thursday, 27 December 2012 11:44

Near year’s end, U.S. freight traffic gains

U.S. freight carload traffic, falling short of 2011 totals through most of this year, notched a 0.9% rise in the week ending Dec. 22, 2012, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday. More in keeping with overall 2012 trends, U.S. intermodal volume for the week also advanced, up 10.2% when measured against the comparable week in 2011.

Thursday, 27 December 2012 11:16

Berkshire Hathaway completes short line sales

Berkshire Hathaway has divested a second short line, the White City Terminal Union Railway, ahead of a schedule set by the Surface Transportation Board earlier this year, as part of the company's acquisition in 2010 of BNSF Railway. 
Thursday, 27 December 2012 09:52

Indiana Rail Road promotes three

Indiana Rail Road President and CEO Tom Hoback has announced key promotions in senior management, along with expanded duties in the railroad's marketing department.

Thursday, 27 December 2012 08:26

ARDA readies 2013 Executive Forum

The American Railway Development Association (ARDA) late Wednesday announced that registration for the ARDA 2013 Executive Forum is now available. The forum will be held February 12-13, 2013, in BNSF's Network Operations Center (NOC) Viewing Gallery, at 2600 Lou Menk Drive, Fort Worth, Tex., 76131.
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 14:02

Delay seen for AMT service addition

Montreal’s Agence Métropolitaine de Transport (AMT) reportedly will not increase frequency on its Vaudreuil-Hudson regional rail line until 2014. AMT originally had hoped to bolster service early in 2013.

Wednesday, 26 December 2012 11:44

Phoenix Valley Metro avoids LRT strike

Valley Metro light rail transit service will be available on New Year's Eve, following an interim agreement between local labor and the LRT contract operator.
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 10:55

Latest (and longest) China HSR line opens

China Wednesday morning began high speed rail service connecting Beijing, the capital, with Guangzhou, in the nation's southeast, according to The New York Times.

Friday, 21 December 2012 10:37

GO Transit extends Bombardier contracts

Bombardier Transportation said Friday Metrolinx/GO Transit has exercised options for 10 years of fleet operations and maintenance services for its regional rail system serving the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area. The value of the two contracts, which are extended to 2023, is approximately C$927 million CDN (US$937 million), Bombardier said.

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