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, 14 April 2014 10:50

STV guides NS Ohio yard expansion

STV Group, Inc. said Monday, April 14, 2014 it has helped guide a major expansion at Norfolk Southern's Bellevue Yard in Ohio, which when completed "will make the facility one of the largest rail car classification and switching yards of its kind in North America."

MTA Long Island Rail Road has launched a $120 million construction program designed to protect the railroad's Long Beach Branch from the kind of devastating damage caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

Monday, 14 April 2014 09:30

Tucson streetcar line nears readiness

Six of eight streetcars ordered by Tucson, Ariz., for its Sun Link service have arrived in the city as Tucson prepares to launch passenger service, tentatively on July 25, 2014.

Friday, 11 April 2014 10:53

San Diego, Tijuana seek cross-border LRT

Light rail transit operations operating across national borders is an established procedure in Europe, even as U.S. LRT operations across state boundaries remain rare. But San Diego, Calif., and neighboring Tijuana, Baja Norte, have revived plans for LRT service spanning the U.S.-Mexico border.

Amid a flurry of announced rail funding programs, Illinois has identified $60 million for re-establishing Amtrak service linking Chicago and Rockford, Ill., as early as late next year. Amtrak's Black Hawk last connected the two cities in 1981.

Wednesday, 09 April 2014 10:05

Study questions truck size, weight increases

At a morning news conference April 9, 2014 in Washington, D.C., findings from a recent report, An Analysis of Truck Size and Weight Issues, Phase I – Safety, were officially released, detailing the risks and detrimental impacts of increased truck sizes and weights on the nation's roadways and the American motoring public.

Wednesday, 09 April 2014 08:55

Amtrak awards Empire Corridor contract work

Amtrak has awarded engineering company Michael Baker Jr., Inc. a $4.2 million contract for construction management and inspection services involving several projects on its Empire Corridor in New York State.

The Vermont House of Representatives passed a resolution Tuesday, April 8, 2014, supporting a "Western Corridor" extension of passenger rail service from Rutland, Vt., to Burlington, the state's largest city.

Connecticut's Department of Transportation (CDOT) will solicit proposals for an operator for Amtrak's New Haven-Hartford-Springfield route beginning in 2016, according to Gov. Dannel Malloy. The RFP will be issued within the next year.

Alsip, Ill.-based Railhead Corp. said Monday, April 7, 2014 Fred Cozzi has been hired as Vice President Sales & Marketing.

Washington, D.C.-based radio station WTOP FM says the Silver Line could open for revenue service this July 4, according to sources contacted by the radio station.

The station noted the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority continues to run tests on the tracks. The Silver Line, formally called the Dulles Corridor Metrorail project, will link Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Metrorail service with Dulles International Airport, among other new stations.

"Multiple sources tell WTOP that it's more likely that the Silver Line will be completed and certified before the end of the month than it being delayed into May. Once MWAA certifies the project as complete, it would turn over the project to Metro," the station said in a statement posted on its website Friday, April 4, 2014.

The Silver Line was scheduled to open last year, but has faced numerous delays. Last February Phase 1 construction and testing was completed, according to documents submitted by contractors.

lThe Silver Line rail extension, formally named the Dulles Corridor Metrorail project, is a two-phase construction effort intended to link Metrorail with Dulles International Airport. Phase 1 measures 11.6 miles. Phase 2 of the project, adding 11.5 miles, is expected to be completed in 2018.

Friday, 04 April 2014 13:31

GE nixes possible Ansaldo STS purchase

Fairfield, Conn.-based General Electric Co. said Friday, April 4, 2014 it sees no route for purchasing Ansaldo STS from parent Finmeccanica S.p.A.

Friday, 04 April 2014 11:06

Beverly Hills rail lawsuit dismissed

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) may proceed with construction of the Westside Subway Extension, routing the LA Purple Line subway underneath Beverly Hills High School, a county Superior Court Judge has ruled.

Valley Metro will install a solar plant at its light rail transit operations and maintenance facility in Phoenix, Ariz, awarding a $2.8 million contract to Natural Power and Energy LLC.

For the fifth time in six weeks, U.S. freight rail traffic gained ground against the comparable week in 2013 and, not surprisingly, that contributed to increased traffic totals for the month of March, according to data released Thursday, April 3, 2014 by the Association of American Railroads.

Thursday, 03 April 2014 10:13

STB seeks input on rail revenue adequacy

The Surface Transportation Board announced Wednesday, April 2, 2014 that it is seeking written comments from the public in advance of a future public hearing "to explore both the Board's methodology for determining railroad revenue adequacy and the revenue adequacy component used by the Board in judging the reasonableness of rail freight rates."

Thursday, 03 April 2014 09:39

Twin Cities SW LRT route still debated

Though friction continues from various quarters, a compromise plan for Southwest Light Rail Transit, linking Minneapolis with Eden Prairie, Minn., is gaining support from several parties—but not all.

Lake Oswego, Ore.-based The Greenbrier Cos., Inc. reported second-quarter earnings Thursday, April 3, 2014, with gains in revenue and earnings measured against the comparable quarter in 2013. But Wall Street chose to focus on the performance of both categories relative to its higher expectations.

Thursday, 03 April 2014 07:52

Providence presses on with streetcar plan

Rhode Island's capital city continues to seek federal assistance for a proposed streetcar line despite previous funding setbacks and grant rejections.

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 11:52

STB to review railroad service issues

The Surface Transportation Board announced Tuesday, April 1, 2014 that it will hold a public hearing on April 10 "to provide interested persons the opportunity to report on recent railroad service issues, review proposed solutions to existing service problems, and discuss additional options to improve service."

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