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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With a public relations flourish, but no money yet identified to commit to the deed, New Jersey Transit on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 announced "preliminary design plans" for an upgraded and restored station in Elizabeth, N.J., located on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor (NEC).

Monday, 12 January 2015 11:23

BNSF pauses on tank car purchase

BNSF Railway is taking a second look at an earlier plan to purchase up to 5,000 tank cars for hauling oil products, following feedback from some of its customers, according to BNSF Chairman Matt Rose.

Monday, 12 January 2015 08:58

Sarah Feinberg picked to head FRA

Sarah Feinberg, chief of staff for Secretary of Transportation Andrew Foxx, has been chosen to become Acting Federal Railroad Administrator, according to a Reuters report of an email sent by Foxx on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015.

Friday, 09 January 2015 10:16

LEJAK & Associates buys Alpha Products

Bedford Park, Ill.-based Alpha Products, Inc., a metal fabrication and stamping company, says it has completed its sale to a new ownership group led by John Marks of LEJAK & Associates. Terms of the sale, finalized this week, were not disclosed.

Friday, 09 January 2015 09:54

Appalachian Railcar Services makes buy

Eleanor, W. Va.-based Appalachian Railcar Services (ARS) on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, said it has acquired BRC Rail Car Services of Lynchburg Va.

In a pattern uncommon during most of 2014, U.S. freight carload traffic gained ground as 2015 began while U.S. intermodal volume slipped, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015.

Thursday, 08 January 2015 11:03

Providence pursues streetcar development

A new City Council began governing Rhode Island's capital city, Providence, on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, with a pledge from the new City Council President vowing to continue vying for an initial streetcar line.

Thursday, 08 January 2015 10:26

Report: Private sector eyes LA streetcar

Amidst ongoing construction updates of light rail transit, Metrolink upgrades, and long-range preparation for high speed rail, the plentiful rail news streaming out of the Los Angeles basin often overshadows streetcar development. But one such project for Los Angeles proper continues to advance in slow increments.

Monday, 05 January 2015 13:08

D.C. streetcar target date again reset

As the New Year began, Washington, D.C. city officials announced that the oft-delayed H Street streetcar line is expected to commence passenger service on Jan. 19, 2015.

Monday, 05 January 2015 11:11

Vancouver transit plebiscite set for spring

Voters in the Vancouver, B.C., metropolitan area will vote by mail between March 16 and May 29 on a half-per-cent sales tax proposal, which would be used to fund several transit projects agreed to by regional mayors.

Monday, 05 January 2015 10:06

NJT readies Raritan Valley Line upgrade

Rail riders on New Jersey Transit's Raritan Valley Line will gain direct access to and from New York's Penn Station, a much coveted "one-seat ride," beginning Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, NJ Transit has announced.

Monday, 05 January 2015 09:48

Hill Int'l gets Sound Transit LRT contract

Marlton, N.J.-based Hill International said Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, it has landed a contract from Seattle's Sound Transit (Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority) "to provide design-build project management services in connection with the E360 Segment of the East Link Light Rail project."

Wednesday, 31 December 2014 12:37

U.S. freight traffic ends 2014 with gains

The final full week of 2014 was another winning one for U.S. freight rail traffic, and indeed for rail traffic throughout the three NAFTA nations, the Association of American Railroads reported Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014.

Wednesday, 31 December 2014 10:50

CHSRA readies HSR groundbreaking

Fresno, Calif., will host groundbreaking ceremonies Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, marking the start of construction for California's ambitious intrastate high speed rail system.

Wednesday, 31 December 2014 10:11

New Orleans readies streetcar expansion work

In New Orleans, Regional Transit Authority (RTA) officials say construction work will commence early in 2015 to extend streetcar service east from Canal Street through the famed French Quarter to St. Claude Avenue.

Wednesday, 31 December 2014 09:54

D.C. streetcar fails to debut before New Year

Washington, D.C.'s efforts to mimic Tucson, Ariz., and Atlanta by opening a new streetcar line during 2014 fell short as New Year's Day approached.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014 14:31

Atlanta Streetcar debuts before year's end

Just beating a deadline vowed last April by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, the 2.7-mile Atlanta Streetcar began passenger operations Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, fulfilling a pledge to begin service before the end of the year.

Monday, 29 December 2014 16:18

Trial balloon on PATH cutbacks draws fire

New Jersey interests, ranging from the mayors of Jersey City and Hoboken to the statewide rail passenger advocacy group, slammed a proposal slipped under the holiday weekend news radar by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PA) to consider several options downgrading PATH rapid transit service, which links New York and New Jersey urban points.

Monday, 29 December 2014 11:01

Mudslide nixes Sound Transit service

Seattle's Sound Transit pre-emptively annulled train service Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, anticipating disruptions due to forecast heavy rain. Its action proved wise, as mudslides affected BNSF right-of-way, over which Sound Transit service runs.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014 10:56

STB: Massachusetts can buy short line assets

The Surface Transportation Board on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 gave preliminary approval to Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) to acquire "certain physical railroad assets" from Canaan, Conn.-based short line Housatonic Railroad Co., Inc.

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