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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Monday, 27 August 2012 07:50

U.S. weekly traffic still mixed, AAR says

U.S. freight carload traffic for the week ending Aug. 18 declined 2.1% compared with the same week in 2011, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday. U.S. intermodal volume for the week, by contrast, rose 3.6% compared with the same week a year ago.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Aug. 22 endorsed the idea of a streetcar for Boise, Idaho, while touring Boise-based MotivePower's locomotive manufacturing facility with local officials.

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Aug. 23 it would appeal the decision by a state Supreme Court judge that a state tax on suburban businesses to help finance regional railroad service was unconstitutional.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012 11:52

D.C. to OIW sub: Another streetcar, please

Washington, D.C.'s District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has ordered a third streetcar from United Streetcar, LLC, a subsidiary of Clackamas, Ore.-based Oregon Iron Works, at a cost of $2.9 million.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012 09:34

Detroit streetcar supporters press on

Backed by the private sector, streetcar supporters in Detroit continue to advance a plan for a line along Woodward Avenue, hoping to begin construction next year.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012 09:18

AMPS developing “gen-set” locomotive

Alexandria, Ohio-based Alternative Motive Power Systems (AMPS) said Tuesday it has selected 16 Corvus Energy industrial use lithium-ion AT6500-48V batteries for a prototype hybrid switching locomotive being developed by the company, with the help of a New Technology Research and Development (NTRD) grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012 13:28

Full exhibition hall set for RSI/CMA 2012

Those registering for the upcoming RSI/CMA 2012 event at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, in Chicago Sept. 22-25, can expect to spend considerable time in the show's Exhibition Hall, according to RSI President Tom Simpson, who says the show's Exhibition Hall is "sold out."

Parsons Brinckerhoff Tuesday said Paul Skoutelas, a seven-year PB veteran, has been appointed director of the firm's Transit & Rail Technical Excellence Center (TEC).

L.B. Foster Co. Tuesday announced the appointment of John Kasel to senior vice president, Rail Business. In this new role, Kasel will be responsible for the performance and success of the company's rail related businesses, which will be combined under his leadership.

Bombardier Transportation Monday said Italian rail operator Trenitalia has unveiled a full scale mock-up of the of the Frecciarossa 1000 high speed train currently being built by Bombardier and consortium partner AnsaldoBreda.

Saturday, 18 August 2012 12:26

Reininger named All Aboard Florida Exec VP

Florida East Coast Industries late Friday said Michael Reininger had been named executive vice president of All aboard Florida, the proposed intercity passenger service planned to span the Sunshine State.

U.S. Class I railroads employed 162,006 workers in mid-July, up 1.94% from July 2011, but down 0.71%, or 1,153 workers, from mid-June, according to data released by the Surface Transportation Board.

Ottawa is seeking a consultant to help evaluate proposals submitted by three consortia for Ottawa Light Rail Transit (OLRT) Project, in part to make sure they meet provincial Canadian Content quotas.

MTA Metro-North Railroad continues to add real-time train information access to its "outlying" stations, this week adding Poughkeepsie, N.Y., to the list.

U.S. freight carload traffic for the week ending Aug. 11, 2012 fell 1.2% compared with the same week in 2011, while U.S. intermodal volume rose 3.2% compared with a year ago, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday, as U.S. rail movement for the week resumed a yearlong standard trend.

Thursday, 16 August 2012 09:30

TSI opens new railcar repair shop

Transportation Services, Inc. (TSI) says it has opened its new railcar repair shop in Chadron, Neb., situated on the Nebraska Northwestern Railroad's lines, and with interchange access to both BNSF and Canadian Pacific.

Thursday, 16 August 2012 08:54

Caltrain grade separation work continues

Caltrain on Wednesday said the San Bruno Grade Separation Project, designed to improve safety at three rail crossings in downtown San Bruno, Calif., is nearing the halfway mark, with supports and bridges for the $147 million project now visible.

Thursday, 16 August 2012 08:25

Strato CEO gets Ernst & Young award

Ernst & Young LLP has honored Michael Foxx, CEO of Piscataway, N.J.-based railroad supplier Strato, Inc., with its Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 Award in the Industrial Products category in New Jersey.

Thursday, 16 August 2012 07:08

NEC: Beacon for better beyond the Northeast

It's official: Amtrak's Northeast Corridor rules. The New York Times says so.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012 09:29

FRA says PTC deadline won’t be met

The Federal Railroad Administration says substantial progress has been made in establishing Positive Train Control (PTC) in the U.S., but acknowledges that the congressionally mandated deadline to do so, Dec. 15, 2015, will not be met.

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