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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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."

Efforts led by Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley last December to scuttle the city's initial streetcar line generated much discussion on the cost of delay, let alone abandonment. The delay's cost, exacerbated by cold weather, has now been determined: almost $1 million.

Railhead Corp. said it has been selected by SunRail to provide Locomotive Digital Video Recorder (LDVR) systems for the Orlando, Fla., metropolitan area regional rail service, slated to begin service later this year.

Monday, 31 March 2014 07:47

MUNI eyes new E train route

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has approved a plan that will increase MUNI service by 12%, adjust numerous bus routes, and create a new E- Embarcadero streetcar line.

A conceptual plan for streetcar extensions totaling almost eight miles was given the go-ahead Thursday, March 27, 2014, by the Kansas City city council, with a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) element also approved.

U.S. freight rail traffic perpetuated its growth momentum during the week ending March 22, 2014, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday, March 27.

Michigan Economic Development Corporation's Michigan Strategic Fund has approved a 10-year loan, with a 2% interest rate, to assist development of Detroit's streetcar plan, currently still dubbed M1 (or M-1).

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 08:48

Skepticism dogs Santa Ana streetcar plan

Several members of California's Orange County Transportation Authority, an entity strikingly reluctant to warm up to rail transit in past decades, continue to balk at supporting a streetcar line proposed to serve Santa Ana and neighboring Garden Grove.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 11:25

MTA NYCT Fulton Center to open in June

Opening ceremonies for MTA New York City Transit's Fulton Center are scheduled for June 26, 2014, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority noted Monday, March 24.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) officials have suggested for months that a light rail transit link to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, a high priority, might open ahead of schedule. DART now vows to make that happen.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 07:29

Timken Co., United Wagon in joint venture

Canton, Ohio-based The Timken Co. said Tuesday, March 24, 2014 it has entered into an agreement with Moscow-based United Wagon Co. (UWC) to "establish a joint venture to manufacture Timken® AP-2™ rail bearings in Russia."

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