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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The latest challenge to a proposed streetcar system for San Antonio comes with the filing of a petition which, if passing muster, will mandate a vote on the project this November.

The Indiana Rail Road Co. (INRD) said Tuesday, July 8, 2014 it will increase the speed limit for trains to 30 mph for the portion of its mainline between West Street and Stop 11 Road, beginning July 15.

Minneapolis and the Metropolitan Council jointly announced Tuesday, July 8, 2014, a "tentative agreement" to proceed with the planned development of the Southwest Light Rail Project, linking downtown Minneapolis and Eden Prairie, Minn.

Tuesday, 08 July 2014 08:00

Los Angeles: For rail, and for real

Dramatically debunking the onus of "car-culture" status, Los Angeles is on the move to move more of its area residents with numerous rail options.

J.L. Patterson & Associates, Inc. (JLP) said it has been awarded a $6.5 million contract by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) for finalizing the design of a double track project along Metrolink's Ventura County Line, north of Los Angeles.

Thursday, 03 July 2014 11:38

U.S. freight traffic wraps up good June

U.S. freight traffic scored gains in the final full week of June ending June 28, 2014, capping off a full month of advances, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday, July 3.

Pro-rail forces backing light rail transit in Pinellas County, Fla., are actively generating publicity and reaching out to voters prior to an election this November seeking approval for the first LRT system in the Tampa Bay region.

Thursday, 03 July 2014 07:32

TransWorks, Raven Logistics form alliance

TransWorks and Raven Logistics said Thursday, July 3, 2014 they have formed a strategic alliance "that provides freight customers the benefits of a one-stop shop for managing transportation by either rail or truck."

Wednesday, 02 July 2014 13:05

Amtrak RFP seeks 28 next-gen HSR trainsets

Amtrak said Wednesday, July 2, 2014 it has officially issued its Request for Proposals (RFP) for up to 28 next-generation high speed trainsets to replace its current Acela Express equipment on the Northeast Corridor (NEC).

The Greenbrier Cos. Wednesday, July 2, 2014, reported fiscal third-quarter net earnings of $33.6 million, or $1.03 per diluted share, compared with last year's fiscal third-quarter net earnings, excluding a non-cash goodwill impairment charge, of $15.7 million, or 50 cents per diluted share.

Groundbreaking for the $43 million Loop Trolley project is expected to begin later this summer, according to Joe Edwards, a businessman in St. Louis' Delmar Loop district and chairman of the Loop Trolley Transportation Development District.

The Seattle City Council has delayed deciding whether to link two streetcar lines – one operating, one set to open later this year – into one larger unit as it re-evaluates modal choices, reportedly including trolley buses.

Wednesday, 02 July 2014 09:06

LRT conversion for LA Orange Line?

Pending a signature from California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on a legislative bill, Los Angeles will be cleared to convert its Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line to a light rail transit (LRT) operation in the future, reversing a longstanding prohibition and, perhaps, signaling to other U.S. locations that BRT's benefits are, at best, limited when measured against comparable LRT operation.

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 13:04

Harsco lands another big Swiss contract

Harsco Corp. said Tuesday, July 1, 2014 it has secured second major railway track and infrastructure maintenance equipment award from Swiss Federal Railways (SBB).

Progress Rail Services Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., said Tuesday, July 1, 2014 it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Pacific Rail Engineering's (PRE) track business.

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 10:34

Herzog, Lilee in PTC partnership

Herzog Technologies, Inc. (HTI) said Tuesday, July 1, 2014 it has partnered with Lilee Systems  “to provide innovative Positive Train Control Solutions.  HTI chose Lilee’s suite of products to support HTI’s Commercial ITCM Federation Hosting solution.”

A webinar July 9, 2014 entitled Achieving Optimized Capital Planning and Asset Reliability is being offered by Railway Age and sister publication Railway Track & Structures, along with Bentley Systems, Inc.

Keolis Commuter Services officially began operating the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's 14 regional passengers rail lines as midnight arrived Tuesday morning, July 1, 2014.

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 09:18

CBR obstacles vary, but multiply

Pushback against crude-by-rail (CBR) oil shipments continues to develop in a variety of ways, from local protests to looming action from the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

Trinity Industries, Inc. has announced its intent to acquire Meyer Steel Structures, a provider of tubular steel structure for electricity transmission and generation, for about $600 million.

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