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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Friday, 18 January 2013 10:54

Feds (again) fund Detroil M-1 rail project

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Friday announced Detroit's M-1 Rail project will receive $25 million from the federal government. The planned streetcar line, at present set to run 3.3 miles, has a projected cost of $137 million.
Friday, 18 January 2013 08:39

ARI in tank car pact with ACF Industries

American Railcar Industries, Inc. late Thursday said it has entered into a purchasing and engineering services agreement with ACF Industries, LLC. ACF will build rail tank cars at its Milton, Pa., plant, under the agreement.
Thursday, 17 January 2013 12:05

U.S. freight traffic resumes familiar mix(ed)

For the second week of 2013 (and the first week fully within the calendar year), U.S. freight traffic mirrored its most common measure through most of 2012: U.S. carload freight fell; U.S. intermodal volume advanced.

Thursday, 17 January 2013 11:03

LIRR eyes two tracks to Ronkonoma

MTA Long Island Rail Road Wednesday said its oft-delayed plans to increase track capacity on its Ronkonkoma Line is back in play. LIRR hopes to double-track 18 miles of the route between Ronkonkoma and Farmingdale, N.Y.

Thursday, 17 January 2013 09:51

Next champion for No. 7 subway to New Jersey

The Real Estate Board of New York (Rebny) marks its 117th annual banquet Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, with its usual figurative issues on its Manhattan-shaped plate. But this year, add a surprise side dish: Extending the No. 7 subway to New Jersey.

Thursday, 17 January 2013 08:44

New technology planned for Alstom Citadis LRVs

Alstom and Williams Hybrid Power Thursday announced they have signed an agreement to apply Williams Hybrid Power's energy storage technology to Alstom's Citadis light rail transit (LRT) vehicles by 2014.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013 15:04

Twin Cities LRT helps system ridership increase

Driven by increases on its Hiawatha Line light rail transit option, Metro Transit ridership on both bus and LRT increased 0.2% in 2012, to more than 81 million riders, compared with a year earlier, the Twin Cities agency says.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013 13:30

Invensys lauded for PATH restoration efforts

In testimony before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PA) Executive Director Patrick J. Foye praised the work performed by Invensys Rail Corp. to restore PATH bistate rapid transit service, hard hit by Hurricane Sandy.
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 11:16

CN, Indiana Rail Road plan intermodal venture

CN and the Indiana Rail Road Co. on Wednesday announced plans to construct an intermodal terminal in Indianapolis, designed to offer Indiana importers and exporters an all-rail option for containerized products moving to and from Asia.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013 09:53

House OKs hurricane funds; rail needs included

The House of Representatives late Tuesday approved at least $50 billion in relief aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy, including $5.4 billion for "Department of Transportation-Federal Transit Authority Emergency Relief."

Wednesday, 16 January 2013 08:30

Valero sets tank car buy for crude processing

Valero Energy Corp., billed as the world's largest independent refiner, plans to purchase 2,000 tank cars to increase shipment of crude oil to inland U.S. locations.

Grand Central Terminal is 100 years old this year, in case you've somehow missed the cacophony of ongoing reminders from even the general media, not just railroad print and digital voices (including Railway Age, of course). Few centenarians have ever looked better.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013 11:51

OSHA: BNSF signs employee practices accord

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Tuesday said it has signed an accord with BNSF Railway Co., noting "BNSF's voluntary revision of several personnel policies that OSHA alleged violated the whistleblower provisions of the Federal Railroad Safety Act [FRSA] and dissuaded workers from reporting on-the-job injuries."

Tuesday, 15 January 2013 10:27

Manhattan ESA link seen boosting home values

A report released Monday says home values in parts of Long Island—a region which has suffered, sometimes dramatically, since the Great Recession—will be greatly aided by MTA Long Island Rail Road's East Side Access (ESA) project, projected now to open in 2019.

Officials from Ontario's Waterloo-Kitchener-Cambridge metropolitan area, southwest of Toronto, say at least five station stops of the planned light rail transit system will be placed in the center of roadways and not along roadsides, similar to the approach taken in nearby Toronto.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013 08:12

MBCR pilot program aids MBTA conductors

Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Co. (MBCR) on Monday announced the launch of the "Conductor Companion" pilot program, using mobile device technology to allow conductors on Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) regional rail trains to receive real-time information about service.

Monday, 14 January 2013 14:12

CP touts new Saskatchewan intermodal hub

Canadian Pacific on Monday announced the opening of its Intermodal Facility at Saskatchewan's Global Transportation Hub (GTH) in Regina, the provincial capital.
Monday, 14 January 2013 11:23

RailComm system aids Minnesota short line

Fairport, N.Y.-based RailComm says it has been chosen to provide its state-of-the-art Domain Operations Controller (DOC®) train control system for Northshore Mining Co. The DOC system will have functionality for Centralized Traffic Control (CTC) through the company's web-enabled software-as-a-service (SaaS) delivery method.
Monday, 14 January 2013 09:27

Amtrak, CHSRA plan joint HSR gear order

Two U.S. high speed rail players, Amtrak and the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA), will combine efforts to advance a joint order of up to 62 high speed rail trainsets, with a Request for Information (RFI) possibly issued as early as this Thursday.

Monday, 14 January 2013 08:46

LIRR taps Axion for more ties

Axion International Holdings, Inc. producer of recycled plastic and plastic composite technologies, said it has received a purchase order from the Long Island Rail Road for additional Ecotrax rail ties, to be used "in various locations throughout Long Island." The size of the order was not specified.

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