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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Thursday, 29 March 2012 11:24

U.S. carload traffic slump continues

U.S. freight carload traffic for the week ending March 24, 2012 fell significantly, down 7.2%, measured against the comparable week in 2011, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) said Thursday, continuing a decline that now has run for some time.

The Surface Transportation Board has initiated proposals to encourage more mediation and arbitration for the resolution of issues coming before the Board.

Thursday, 29 March 2012 08:08

Rio de Janeiro EMUs go into service

Electric multiple-unit (EMU) trains manufactured by China's CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co., Ltd. went into operation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 20. An inaugural ceremony was held on that date.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:57

Standard & Poor's upgrades KCS credit rating

Standard & Poor's on Tuesday upgraded Kansas City Southern's credit rating to B+ with a positive outlook, one level below an investment grade rating, which would further cut borrowing costs. The upgrade is based on stronger earnings along with lower debt and interest expenses.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:00

Reactivation of Arkansas short line sought

North Louisiana & Arkansas Railroad, Inc. (NLA) has petitioned the Surface Transportation Board for authority to lease and operate a 21.8-mile line of railroad extending from a point near Lake Village in Chicot County, Ark., to a location near Louisiana Arkansas border. The line is owned by the Southeastern Arkansas Economic Development District.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 09:09

GE TV ad features Transportation employees

Fairfield, Conn.-based General Electric Co. Wednesday advanced its latest television commercial highlighting various aspects of the company, this one featuring employees from GE Transportation's Erie, Pa., plant.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 08:11

CN sells two rail segments to Metrolinx

CN said Tuesday it would sell two rail segments in the Greater Toronto Area to Metrolinx for C$310.5 million.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 07:45

MBTA railcar deliveries behind schedule

Deliveries of bilevel passenger railcars to Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority are up to 18 months behind schedule, with delays appearing to result at least in part due to previous problems endured by Hyundai Rotem USA.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012 13:53

MTA eyes Bombardier for subway order

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors is expected Wednesday to award a contract to Bombardier Transportation for 300 R179 subway cars.

The Fort Worth Transportation Authority (the "T") said its TEX Rail commuter rail project has been approved by the Federal Transit Administration "to advance to Preliminary Engineering." The authority made the announcement Monday at its Board of Directors meeting.

Shrugging off budget pressures and continued verbal attacks from New Mexico anti-rail partisans, New Mexico Rail Runner Express service will bolster its weekend schedule beginning Saturday, April 7.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012 07:16

Obituary: Frederick A. Winkler, 83

Frederick A. Winkler, general agent  of the Winchester & Western Railroad and a powerful voice within New Jersey railroading, died peacefully at his home in Clarksboro, N.J., on March 24, at age 83.

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo reportedly has brokered a deal with Republican state legislative leaders to fully fund the last three years of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's five-year capital plan.

Monday, 26 March 2012 11:08

For sale: Ontario Northland Railroad

Ontario's provincial government intends to end fiscal support of Ontario Northland Transportation Commission, which oversees the Ontario Northland Railroad, which receives C$103 million a year in provincial fiscal support.

Pittburgh's light rail transit system officially added 1.2 route miles Sunday for revenue service, as the North Shore Connector began operations linking its namesake neighborhood with the city's downtown.

FreightCar America, Inc. on Monday said it has named three individuals to manage its newly restructured commercial organization "to more directly present the full range of FreightCar America and FreightCar Rail Services products to its customers."

Bombardier Transportation said Monday it has opened its second state-of-the-art development and test laboratory, the MITRAC Powerlab, in Västerås, Sweden, which will serve as Bombardier's central competence center for medium power propulsion technology.

Exhibit space is now available for the RSI/CMA 2012, set for Sept. 23-25 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers in Chicago. Railway Supply Institute exhibits will be held in conjunction with the Coordinated Mechanical Association's technical sessions.

New South Wales government officials in Australia have announced that the state has acquired Metro Transport Sydney (MTS), the company that owns monorail and light rail operations, in an A$19.8 million (US$20.6 million) deal. The acquisition is part of a plan to redevelop the Darling Harbour Convention Centre and precinct in Sydney, Australia's largest city with a population of roughly 4.6 million.

Friday, 23 March 2012 09:40

CN to acquire 161 locomotives

CN Thursday said it plans to acquire 65 new high-horsepower locomotives, augmenting that purchase with one of 96 second-hand high-horsepower locomotives that will be upgraded, or 161 locomotives in all.

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