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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Wednesday, 18 January 2012 19:00

CP opens Toronto “super shop”

Canadian Pacfic on Thursday highlighted completed capital investments made to enhance its Locomotive Reliability Centre (LRC) in Toronto.

Thursday, 19 January 2012 09:02

CP sets contract with Canadian Tire

Canadian Pacific Railway said Thursday it has reached agreement with Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd., which extends to early 2017 and awards the railway with the vast majority of Canadian Tire's domestic container traffic.

CP said the agreement builds on the shared successes the companies have had in efficiently servicing Canadian Tire's dealers and corporate stores. Recent rail network enhancements completed at CP, and the work already underway to further maximize efficiencies through a facility co-location strategy, will allow the companies to continue to develop and improve the supply chain for Canadian Tire's growing retail business.

"We're delighted to renew our longstanding partnership with CP," said Pat Sinnott, executive vice-president, Supply Chain and Technology, Canadian Tire Corp. "We rely on rail extensively to get our goods to market. Rail is the most efficient and sustainable way to move our products and CP is a trusted partner that will enable us to continue to deliver products reliably to over 1,700 Canadian Tire, Mark's, and FGL Sports retail locations across the country."

"Our railway has been serving Canadian Tire, one of our largest intermodal customers, for more than eight decades and we will continue to execute on our solid operating plan to foster growth opportunities for both companies," said CP CMO and EVP Marketing & Sales Jane O'Hagan.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012 13:34

December employment up 3.44% from year ago

U.S. Class I railroads employed 159,717 workers in mid-December 2011, up 3.44% from a year earlier, though off 0.25% from November due to a seasonal drop in track maintenance employees.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012 10:32

CP sets 2012 capital plan

CP sets 2012 capital plan Canadian Pacific Railway Wednesday announced that it will invest between C$1.1 billion and C$1.2 billion for infrastructure renewal, network enhancements, and expansion projects in 2012.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012 09:49

AREMA educational scholarships offered

The AREMA Educational Foundation once again 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.

Thursday, 30 June 2011 19:00

New York looks to airport connections

NYC official: Newark Airport rail access is good for New York and the region!  It's unlikely that New York City Transit will ever operate subway trains to or from Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.

L.B. Foster Co. is delivering rail and trackwork products valued at $3.4 million for the construction of 8.5 miles of track at the new Vallourec & Mannesmann Tubes Star Steel pipe mill in Youngstown, Ohio. The contractor is Wintrow Construction of Barberton, Ohio.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012 12:31

NYMTA: FASTRACK a solid success

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority says its new FASTRACK maintenance strategy has produced " unprecedented productivity gains." Under that strategy, while lines are closed overnight for track maintenance, a first for a 108-year-old subway system that has taken pride in running its trains 24/7.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012 10:57

Faiveley Transport buys into Graham-White

Faiveley Transport says it has signed an agreement to acquire a controlling interest in Graham‐White, a designer and manufacturer of compressed air drying technology and brake components for locomotives and rail transit markets.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012 10:30

Schneider National extends CSX contract

Green Bay, Wis.-based Schneider National, Inc., announced Tuesday it has signed a new, multiyear agreement with CSX Transportation, under which the Class I railroad will serve as one of Schneider’s primary rail providers. The agreement sets the stage for sustained, long-term service within the Eastern U.S. as Schneider’s intermodal freight volumes continue to increase, the company said.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012 09:51

INIT adds new manufacturing facility

Chesapeake, Va.-based INIT Innovations in Transportation, Inc. said Tuesday that, in partnership with Simtech, LLC, a supplier of customized electronic products, it has opened Superior Quality Manufacturing (SQM) to produce a variety of electronic modules and devices featuring components such as computer boards and LED panels.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012 09:29

RailComm upgrades BNSF Chicago yard

Fairport, N.Y.-based RailComm said Monday it has upgraded its existing yard system at BNSF Corwith’s mechanical facility in Chicago.

Representatives of InnoTrans 2012 note the deadline for registering is Feb. 15, “only four weeks,” for the event, set on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds in Germany Sept. 18-21.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012 08:38

Railroad Day on Capitol Hill nears

Registration is now open for this year’s Railroad Day on Capitol Hill, set for Thursday, March 8. Attendance is open to all Class I, II, and III railroad personnel, shippers, state and local government representatives, as well as members from the supplier community with an interest in furthering the political goals of the railroad industry.

What's passenger rail's potential modal split in the U.S.? That's something to ponder as rail transit gathers strength in an auto-dependent nation during the 21st century.

Even ardent pro-rail advocates probably hesitate to suggest rail's percentage of passenger trips could ever challenge the mode's glory days of the late 19th century, or even the heightened levels necessitated by World War II.

Sunday, 15 January 2012 00:55

RSI: Help address truck weight/size threat

On Jan. 3 the Railway Supply Institute noted a lobbying effort by the trucking industry could encourage Congress to increase truck sizes and/or truck weight on the nation's roadways in the next surface transportation bill, now being considered; in both the House and the Senate.RSI calls this effort "the biggest threat we have seen in more than 20 years." 

Friday, 13 January 2012 14:29

Ferromex grows EMD locomotive fleet

Ferrocarril Mexicano, S.A. de C.V. (Ferromex) said Friday it took delivery last month of an additional 38 SD70Ace locomotives from Electro-Motive Diesel. Ferromex noted it had placed 44 other new SD70ACe locomotives into service earlier in 2011. 

Friday, 13 January 2012 14:26

At CHSRA, CEO resigns, chair steps down

California High-Speed Rail Authority Chairman Thomas J. Umberg announced Thursday that CEO Roelof van Ark had resigned from the authority, effective in two months.
Friday, 13 January 2012 14:22

CF Rail Services adds facility

CF Rail Services, said Thursday that as of the New Year, it has assumed the operations of the railcar repair facility located at 205 Douglas Street in Longview, Wash.

Friday, 13 January 2012 14:06

U.S. freight traffic slips as 2012 begins

U.S. freight carload traffic fell 3.7% for the week ending Jan. 7, 2012, while U.S. intermodal volume plummeted 9.3%, both compared with the comparable week in 2011, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday.

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