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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Camp Hill, Pa.-based Harsco Corp. late Monday announced new U.S. and international orders in its Harsco Rail track maintenance services, equipment, and parts business totaling more than $25 million.

Madison, N.J.-based Maersk Line announced on Monday its new "Flagship import service direct from Asia to five key markets in North America—Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Memphis, and northwest Ohio"—in conjunction with Class I railroad BNSF Railway.

MTA New York City Transit says annual ridership on New York's subway system continued advancing in 2011, up 2.3% from 2010. That translates into about 1.640 billion riders for the year; the exact annual figure was not released immediately by MTA. Annual ridership in 2010 was 1.604 billion, itself the second-highest amount since 1950.

Railroad Day on Capitol Hill is Thursday, March 8, and the Railway Supply Institute is urging RSI members, and indeed all pro-rail interests, to "help educate policymakers on the positive impact our job-producing industry has on the U.S. economy."

Friday, 02 March 2012 08:22

Speed a factor in VIA Rail accident

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is continuing its investigation of the VIA Rail accident in Burlington, Ontario Feb. 26 that killed three crewmembers and injured at least 35 passengers. But TSB said it already has determined that excessive speed on a crossover was a contributing factor to the incident.

U.S. carload freight traffic for the week ending Feb. 25, 2012 fell 5%, measured against the comparable week in 2011, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday. U.S. intermodal volume also fell, though less sharply, down 2.8% compared with the same week a year ago.

Thursday, 01 March 2012 10:53

Iowa Pacific Holdings joins AAR

The Association of American Railroads announced Thursday that Iowa Pacific Holdings (IPH) has become its newest full member.

Norfolk Southern said Thursday it is honoring its predecessor railroads during 2012, its 30th anniversary year, by painting 18 new locomotives in commemorative schemes that reflect the heritage of those predecessors.

Thursday, 01 March 2012 08:28

Sacramento joins neighbor's streetcar push

Sacramento, Calif.'s City Council unanimously has approved involving the city in a starter streetcar route primarily traversing suburban neighbor West Sacramento.

Wednesday, 29 February 2012 12:24

Railway Age website redesign lauded

"Good web design is making a comeback," says Rob O'Regan, editor of eMedia Vitals website, citing five recently revamped websites, including Railway Age magazine's recently redesigned website. 

Wednesday, 29 February 2012 12:03

Deadline nears for AREMA scholarship

The AREMA Educational Foundation is offering scholarships to engineering students who are specializing in the railway industry and supports other educational and training endeavors that help to ensure the future of the profession. The deadline of March 9 is fast approaching.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012 09:01

Positive redundancy worthy, and worthwhile

Veteran rail advocate and friend Dan Lovegren called me from California on Feb. 26, 1993, asking me: How would I get home? New York's World Trade Center had been disrupted somehow, and PATH had been shut down.

Monday, 27 February 2012 11:13

New oil-gas rail terminal on tap for Texas

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. and Martin Midstream Partners L.P. have formed a joint venture, Pecos Valley Producer Services LLC, to develop a rail terminal in Pecos, Tex., to serve the growing oil and natural gas industries in the Permian Basin.

Monday, 27 February 2012 09:25

SMART project breaks ground

Groundbreaking ceremonies took place Friday in Petaluma, Calif., marking the start of construction of Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) passenger rail work for the two counties, north of San Francisco.

Friday, 24 February 2012 14:01

L.B. Foster reports 4Q earnings

L.B. Foster Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $6.1 million, or 60 cents per diluted share, compared to $6.2 million or 60 cents per diluted share, in the same quarter of 2010.

Friday, 24 February 2012 12:35

Ansaldo STS lands SEPTA PTC contract

Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority has awarded a contract to Ansaldo STS USA, worth roughly $100 million, for installation of Positive Train Control on SEPTA's regional rail system, serving five counties.

Friday, 24 February 2012 10:41

ARI notches good 4Q, full-year results

American Railcar Industries, Inc. expressed satisfaction with its fourth-quarter and full year revenue and earnings, and also voice cautious optimism on the year ahead.

Class I railroads employed 159, 333 people in mid-January, up 3.93% from January 2011, but down 0.24% overall from last December, according to figures provided by the Surface Transportation Board.

Thursday, 23 February 2012 13:07

AAR: U.S. freight traffic slumps in latest week

U.S. freight carload traffic for the week ending Feb. 18, 2012 declined 5.2% measured against the comparable week in 2012, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday. U.S. intermodal volume for the week also retreated, down 5.6%, compared with the same week last year.

Thursday, 23 February 2012 07:59

NS nixes Charlotte commuter line plan

Norfolk Southern says it cannot support a current plan for commuter rail service linking Charlotte and Mt. Mourne, N.C., calling the idea "fatally flawed."

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