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, 26 September 2014 10:28

Met Council awards LRT engineering contract

In Minnesota, Metropolitan Council has awarded Cary, N.C.-based Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc. an engineering contract to advance the 13-mile Bottineau Light Rail Transit line (Blue Line extension).

Friday, 26 September 2014 08:24

WMATA's Sarles to step down

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) General Manager and CEO Richard Ssrles says he will step down from his post in mid-January 2015, completing four years at the position.

Thursday, 25 September 2014 13:47

Record intermodal paces U.S. freight gains

U.S. freight rail traffic for the week ending Sept. 20, 2014 kept rising from levels of a year ago, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday, Sept. 25. As per the previous week, this most recent week's intermodal volume set a record high for U.S. railroads, breaking the previous record of the week before, AAR said.

Thursday, 25 September 2014 08:45

H Street streetcar targets November startup

Washington, D.C.'s H Street/Benning Road streetcar line, beset by delays, now is expected to begin revenue service in November, according to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT).

Thursday, 25 September 2014 08:28

HDR lands Columbia Pike streetcar contract

Arlington County, Va., has selected HDR Inc. for preliminary design and engineering work for its 7.4-mile Columbia Pike Streetcar Line, serving both Arlington and Fairfax counties.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 13:16

San Francisco taps Brookville for PCC rebuilds

Brookville Equipment Corp. said Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 it and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) have agreed to terms "for the rebuild of 16 Presidents' Conference Committee (PCC) streetcars, adding a minimum of 20 years of service life to the historic vehicles in a contract valued at nearly $34.5 million."

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 10:30

Transbay transit hub plan imperiled

Aggressive plans for San Francisco's Transbay Transit Center, which include accommodations for improved Caltrain service and a terminus for California high speed rail, are in jeopardy as developers and city officials have reached an impasse.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 07:37

In MTA capital plan, M-9s for Metro-North

Prospects for Metro-North appear good for the railroad to acquire M-9 electric multiple-unit (EMU) equipment under parent Metropolitan Transportation Authority's upcoming five-year capital plan.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 07:26

Kenosha OKs new streetcar route

In a 10-to-5 vote, the Kenosha, Wis., City Council approved an expansion of the city's streetcar operations, in essence adding a north-south line layered over its existing east-west route.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 10:21

Metra revamps bicycle policy

Chicagoland's Metra announced Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 that it is revising its "Bikes on Trains" policy to replace bans during exceptionally busy periods with "warning dates," in which bicycles will be allowed but owners will be cautioned that crowded conditions could prevent Metra from accommodating an initial or return trip.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 08:55

STB awards contract for rate regulation options

The Surface Transportation Board said it has awarded a contract to InterVISTAS Consulting LLC (InterVISTAS) "to conduct an independent analysis that evaluates potential alternative rate regulation approaches, with the goal of reducing the time, cost and complexity of rate reasonableness complaints brought before the Board."

Monday, 22 September 2014 10:55

Seeing Machines, EMD sign pact

Seeing Machines Ltd. said Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 it "has signed a strategic agreement with Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. (EMD), a subsidiary of Progress Rail Services Corporation, a Caterpillar Co., related to in-cab operator fatigue and distraction monitoring systems for use in locomotives."

Monday, 22 September 2014 09:11

STB backs short line on propane terminal

The Surface Transportation Board on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, ruled in favor of a short line railroad seeking to build a propane storage facility in North Grafton, Mass., against the objections of local residents.

Friday, 19 September 2014 09:44

CN hails 11 firms as sustainability leaders

Canadian National on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 recognized 11 of its intermodal customers "for their sustainability practices that are aligned with the objectives of the CN EcoConnexions program."

Friday, 19 September 2014 09:15

Kenosha nears OK for new streetcar route

Though distracted and delayed by months of negotiation, objection, and caution, the Kenosha, Wis., City Council reportedly is close to approving a preferred route to extend the city's existing heritage streetcar route, and may make its decision as early as Monday, Sept. 22, 2014.

Thursday, 18 September 2014 12:08

Record intermodal powers U.S. freight gains

U.S. freight traffic categories continued to grain ground in the week ending September 13, 2014, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday, Sept. 18, boosted by record-breaking intermodal activity.

Thursday, 18 September 2014 09:42

Class I employment grows during August

Figures released by the Surface Transportation Board show total Class I railroad employment as of mid-August 2014 rose 2.8% to 167, 988, from mid-August 2013, and also added 850 positions from mid-July 2014, a rise of 0.51%.

Thursday, 18 September 2014 08:54

Fed Sandy funds to aid NJT recovery plans

New Jersey Transit will receive $1.27 billion from the Federal Transit Administration for five projects designed to help NJT recover from damage caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, in part by being more prepared for future events.

Thursday, 18 September 2014 07:45

OLI names 11 for safety campaign grants

Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2014 announced the names of 11 transit agencies sharing $162,500 in grant funding for public awareness and safety education projects across the U.S.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 10:28

Seattle First Hill streetcar launch inches closer

Beset by delays throughout 2014, the launch of revenue service on Seattle's First Hill streetcar line is now tentatively set for this November.

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