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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Tuesday, 31 January 2012 09:21

Basel taps Bombardier for 60 FLEXITY trams

Bombardier Transportation said Tuesday it will deliver up to 60 FLEXITY trams to Basel, Switzerland’s Transport Authority (BVB). Bombardier notes it is the largest order placed by BVB in the agency’s 116-year history. The contract is worth roughly $241 million.

The Federal Transit Administration Monday gave the city of Milwaukee environmental approval for an initial streetcar line. City Engineer Jeff Polenske said FTA had issued a “finding of no significant impact” (FONSI) for the proposed route.

Monday, 30 January 2012 13:38

Class I’s to boost investment, hiring

The Association of American Railroads says the nation’s major freight railroads are projected to invest a record $13 billion in capital expenditures in 2012 to expand, upgrade, and enhance the nation’s freight rail network.

Monday, 30 January 2012 13:33

Calif. governor: Cap-and-trade to fund HSR

California Gov. Jerry Brown said Sunday the state’s 700-mile high speed rail project will cost far less than the state's current estimate of nearly $100 billion, and also said that environmental fees paid by carbon producers will be a source of funding.

Friday, 27 January 2012 13:02

RSI urges action on big-truck threat

The Railway Supply Institute said Friday that the “House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is set to vote on SAFETEA-LU reauthorization legislation as early as next Thursday, February 2, and that vote could sanction “an increase in truck size and weights at state option as well as allow longer combination vehicles nationwide.”

Thursday, 26 January 2012 13:37

4Q freight car orders soar 51.4%, RSI says

Railroad freight car orders increased 51.4% in the fourth quarter to 16,434, compared with 10,853 car orders for the same quarter last year, according to the Railway Supply Institute. Orders in the quarter fell relative to the third quarter, which totaled 20,165 orders.

Thursday, 26 January 2012 12:47

MTA revamps East Side Access timetable

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority Capital Construction says it plans to reorganize its construction plan of the $7.4 billion East Side Access project, designed to give the Long Island Rail Road access to Grand Central Terminal and Manhattan’s East Side.

Thursday, 26 January 2012 12:04

U.S. rail traffic rises again, AAR says

U.S. freight carload traffic in early 2012 rose again, up 1.6% for the week ending Jan. 21, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday. U.S. intermodal volume moved up even more, advancing 3.0% for the week measured against the comparable week in 2011.

 

Wednesday, 28 December 2011 09:39

Bombardier wins $296 million U.K. add-on order

Bombardier Transportation announced Dec. 28 it has secured an add-on order, worth $296 million, for 130  ELECTROSTAR electric multiple-unit (EMU) cars for the U.K.’s Southern rail operation.
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 09:07

Bombardier partnership eyes “green train"

New generation trains running on existing track can easily combine higher speeds, lower energy consumption, reduced noise, and lower costs, according to findings by Swedish researchers released Wednesday in Stockholm. The four-year project was supported by three major partners, including Bombardier Transportation, Bombardier said.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012 15:27

CN quarterly earnings beat Street

Canadian National Tuesday reported net earnings of C$592 million, or C$1.32 per share, up 18% from C$503 million or C$1.08 per share in the same quarter a year ago. Adjusted earnings of C$1.30 handily surpassed Wall Street consensus estimates of C$1.24. Revenue rose 12% C$2.38 billion, a record, that also surpassed Street estimates of C$2.30 billion.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012 15:06

Improvements spur PATH to ridership record

The bistate, trans-Hudson PATH rail system rolled to a record ridership 76.6 million trips in 2011, an achievement that the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey notes followed the investment of more than $1 billion in PATH during the past four years for new cars, station upgrades, and a new signal system.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012 13:32

CSX 4Q, full year set records; Street shrugs

CSX Corp. said late Monday fourth-quarter earnings of 43 cents per share, up 13% from 38 cents per share in the fourth quarter of 2010, as it recorded revenue of about $3.0 billion and operating income of $841 million. CSX also notched an operating ratio of 71.5%.

New York MTA’s two regional railroads, Metro-North Railroad and the Long Island Rail Road, on Monday presented a formal “Pledge to Customers” during the MTA Railroad Committee meeting, with both entities promising, in writing, to provide safe and reliable service.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012 09:38

CSX names Munoz COO, Eliasson CFO

CSX Corp. Monday said it had appointed Oscar Munoz as executive vice president and chief operating officer and appointed Fredrik J. Eliasson as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective immediately.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012 09:36

KCS notches records for 4Q, full year

Kansas City Southern late Monday said it had notched record fourth-quarter revenue of $530 million, up 11% from the comparable quarter in 2010, while generating operating income of $150 million, up 11% from $135 million a year ago.

Railway Age is now accepting entries for its annual Short Line/Regional Railroad of the Year competition. Short lines and regionals—and there are more than 500 of them—are invited to submit entries describing outstanding achievement in one or a combination of areas.
 

Monday, 23 January 2012 15:13

CN, CP reach accord for potash shipments

Canadian National and Canadian Pacific reached separate 10-year agreements with Canpotex Ltd. to transport potash volumes that Canpotex ships to export markets. Under CP's agreement, CP will be Canpotex's principal Canadian railway, transporting a large majority of potash shipments to Canpotex's main terminal in Vancouver, British Columbia. In addition, in conjunction with Union Pacific, CP will transport significant Canpotex potash shipments to Portland, Ore.

Monday, 23 January 2012 10:43

Thales lands Hong Kong airport APM contract

Neuilly-sur-Seine, France-based Thales Group said Monday it has been awarded a contract by IHI Corp. to resignal and upgrade the automated people mover (APM) located within Hong Kong international airport.

Monday, 23 January 2012 08:11

Railway Age launches new website

Railway Age Publisher Jonathan Chalon on Friday announced the “official launch of the new Railway Age website.”

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