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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Wednesday, 23 November 2011 04:48

NFTA to lay off 20% of police force

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, which oversees Buffalo, N.Y.'s light rail transit line, plans to lay off almost 20% of its transit police, or about 20 officers, to cope with a $15 million deficit.

Friday, 02 December 2011 06:59

Alaska Railroad joins AAR

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) Thursday said that Alaska Railroad Corp. (ARRC) has become its newest member.

Tuesday, 06 December 2011 09:53

Poll: Californians reconsider HSR support

A poll published Tuesday by the Sacramento Bee indicates declining support for California’s high speed rail proposal among the state’s citizenry, which voted to approve the attempt three years ago.

Wednesday, 07 December 2011 07:00

House coalition backs transport package

A bipartisan group of 111 House members announced Tuesday it is urging President Obama to support a six-year transportation authorization. A letter to the President states that “short-term extensions fail to recognize that meaningful, large-scale transportation projects take years to plan, approve and implement.” States and contractors need a long-term bill in order to execute large projects and repair the nation's crumbling infrastructure, the group says.

Thursday, 08 December 2011 07:44

U.S. freight traffic up again in latest week

U.S. freight carload traffic rose 2.8% for the week ending Dec. 3, 2011, measured against the comparable week in 2010, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday. U.S. intermodal volume also did well, up 3.5% for the week compared with the same week one year ago.

Thursday, 21 July 2011 04:13

DART submits streetcar plan to feds

Dallas Area Rapid Transit says it as submitted plans to the federal government updating Dallas’ proposed Oak Cliff streetcar line, linking downtown to the namesake neighborhood that, driven by citizen advocacy, has spearheaded the project.
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 08:39

Milwaukee OKs downtown streetcar plan

The city of Milwaukee’s Common Council, in a 10-5 vote Tuesday, approved a long-sought plan to establish a streetcar circulator for the city’s downtown.

San Antonio’s VIA Metropolitan Transit has adopted a master plan that includes adding both light rail transit and streetcar operations to its existing bus network. VIA Metro Transit’s Board unanimously approved the plan Tuesday, July 26, 2011.

Seattle Transit Blog reports ridership on the 1.3-mile Seattle South Lake Union Streetcar (SLUS) continues to grow, despite criticism that the initial segment is too short and was doomed to struggle. The blog says ridership so far this month (July 1 through 9) has topped 3,000 per weekday.

Despite continuous opposition to rail transit of any kind from Milwaukee County and many state officials, the Milwaukee City Council's steering committee July 14 approved a proposed $64.6 million streetcar route to serve the city’s downtown.

Officials from Greater Toronto’s Metrolinx Thursday provided an update of the planned Eglinton Avenue light rail line—now primarily to be placed in a subway tunnel—which includes renaming the route the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown.

The University of Maryland at College Park has ended its dispute with the Maryland Transit Administration over the proposed alignment for MTA’s Purple Line light rail route along Campus Drive.

Thursday, 19 May 2011 08:38

Atlanta orders four Siemens streetcars

Siemens Industry, Inc. announced Thursday that it will supply Atlanta with four new streetcars under a $17.2 million contract from the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority on behalf of the City of Atlanta and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District. The first car is to be delivered in September 2012 with revenue service beginning in early 2013—the first streetcars to roll in Atlanta since 1949. The order marks Siemens' entry inthe U. S. streetcar market.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority Thursday agreed to reconsider an HSR route between Los Angeles and San Francisco roughly paralleling Interstate 5, closer to the Pacific coast than the Central Valley option, still viable, through the state’s interior.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on May 9 announced the Obama Administration’s redistribution of roughly $2.02 billion in high speed rail funds, derived from funds originally targeted for Florida’s $2.4 billion HSR project, prior to Gov. Rick Scott’s rejection of the federal package.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012 14:20

NS taps two for clean renewable diesel supply

Norfolk Southern said Tuesday that two fuel suppliers, Dynamic Fuels, LLC and Mansfield Oil Co., have signed an agreement to supply renewable diesel to the Class I railroad.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012 14:09

CN selects Wi-Tronix for locomotive fleet

Wi-Tronix, LLC said Tuesday it has secured a contract with Canadian National wherein CN will install Wi-Tronix systems on its locomotive fleet, including new locomotive purchases and retrofitting of its existing fleet with Wi-PU's.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012 08:10

APTA applauds President's transport proposal

The American Public Transportation Association late Monday released a statement from APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy, praising the six-year transportation plan announced by President Obama in his budget proposal.

Monday, 13 February 2012 10:15

RailComm aids Indiana Railroad facility

Fairport, N.Y.-based RailComm said Monday it has been selected to provide a wireless remote control derail system for Indiana Railroad Co.'s facility in Jasonville, Ind.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood toured the Siemens Mobility plan in South Sacrmento, Calif., on Wednesday, extolling it as an example of how U.S. workers can provide quality manufactured goods.

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