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, 30 October 2014 07:36

FTA OKs MARTA plan for LRT line

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) have approved plans by Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) for preliminary planning of a "Clifton Corridor" light rail transit line, which would be Atlanta's first LRT line.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 13:28

NTSB, others savage Metro-North, FRA on safety

The National Transporation Safety Board (NTSB) on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, publicly identified several recurring safety issues plaguing Metro-North Railroad in past years, including inadequate and ineffective track inspection and maintenance, extensive deferred maintenance issues, inadequate safety oversight, and deficiencies in passenger car crashworthiness, roadway worker protection procedures, and organizational safety culture.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 09:07

Ontario election results bode well for LRT

North American rail suppliers and industry observers (and advocates) paid close attention to election results Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, in Toronto, where city voters elected John Tory to succeed Mayor Rob Ford, the latter a severe critic of city passenger rail expansion plans. But results in other Ontario urban areas also bode well for urban rail transit, particularly light rail transit (LRT).

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 08:40

L.B. Foster to acquire Balfour Beatty unit

L.B. Foster Co. announced on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, an agreement to acquire the railroad tuning unit, FWO, of Balfour Beatty Rail GmbH. The German business provides track lubrication and switch roller equipment for international railway applications.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 07:41

Cape Canaveral short line eyes extension

Florida's Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) has petitioned the Surface Transportation Board for permission to "construct and operate approximately 11 miles of new rail line to Port Canaveral (Port) in Brevard County, Florida."

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 15:20

Trinity Industries 3Q earnings rise

Trinity Industries, Inc. announced third-quarter earnings of $149.4 million, or 90 cents per diluted share, up 43% from $99.6 billion, or 63 cents per share, in the third quarter of 2013. Trinity reported the news late Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, after the close of trading on Wall Street.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 11:13

Toronto mayor-elect deemed transit-friendly

Toronto residents on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 elected John Tory as the 65th mayor of Canada's largest city, generating cautious optimism among rail industry observers. Tory, a former business executive, will assume office on Dec. 1, garnering 40% of the vote in a three-way race.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 09:30

MTA: Fulton St. Center to open Nov. 10

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 that its new Fulton Street Transit Center, serving 11 subway lines and related facilities in lower Manhattan, will open to the public on Nov. 10 at 5:00 a.m.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 08:52

Wabtec marks successful third quarter

Wabtec Corp. on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 announced "record results" for its third quarter, led by record earnings per diluted share of 93 cents, up 22% from the comparable quarter in 2013. That handily beat Wall Street's consensus analyst estimate of 89 cents per share.

Monday, 27 October 2014 13:31

STB reacts to coal-shipper beef with BNSF

The Western Coal Traffic League (WCTL) has petitioned the Surface Transportation Board to "require BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) to submit to the Board a coal-specific service recovery plan, and for the Board to review, approve or revise, and enforce the recovery plan," according to the STB. WCTL said that BNSF "intends to remove approximately 60 coal train sets from service," despite ongoing service problems.

Unveiling a new logo for regional rail service 12 days before Election Day, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the state Department of Transportation announced capital adjustments to the newly named "Hartford Line," linking the state capital with Springfield, Mass. to the north, and New Haven, Conn., to the south.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), joined by Staten Island Borough President James Oddo, is urging the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PA) to fund a proposed West Shore Light Rail project.

Monday, 27 October 2014 09:33

"SEPTA Key" smart card to debut next year

Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) says its $130 million smart-card payment system, now dubbed "SEPTA Key," will be implemented on Philadelphia-area buses and subways beginning early next year, with implementation on light rail transit operations to follow.

Thursday, 23 October 2014 14:31

RSI stats show 3Q14 car orders break record

The Railway Supply Institute on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 released its railcar industry order, delivery, and backlog statistics for the third quarter, noting the quarter was the largest ever for car orders, notching 42,900 cars.

Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:27

U.S. rail traffic keeps on keeping on

Freight rail traffic continued to increase for North America's three largest economies in the week ending Oct. 18, 2014, led by strong U.S. rail gains, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported Thursday, Oct. 23.

Thursday, 23 October 2014 11:03

UP 3Q profit rises

Union Pacific said Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 its third-quarter earnings rose 19% measured against the comparable quarter in 2013, to $1.37 billion, or $1.53 per share, from $1.15 billion, or $1.24 per share, a year ago.

Thursday, 23 October 2014 08:25

MBTA Fairmount Line to get DMUs

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and other elected officials announced plans for Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's Fairmount Line, linking Boston's South Station with Boston's Readville neighborhood, to become a more efficient "commuter rail" line byemploying diesel multiple-unit (DMU) equipment.

Thursday, 23 October 2014 08:04

Class I employment up in September

Figures released by the Surface Transportation Board on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, show total Class I railroad employment as of mid-September 2014 rose 3.35% to 168,703, from mid-September 2013, and also added 715 positions from mid-August 2014, a rise of 0.43%.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 10:05

FTA, MARTA launch LRT study

The Federal Transit Administration and Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) are advancing a study that could establish Atlanta's first light rail transit (LRT) line along what's called the Clifton Corridor, along a rail line owned by CSX Corp.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 09:48

Fort Lauderdale mulls next streetcar phase

With plans in place for a 1.4-mile initial streetcar operation to begin in 2016, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.'s Downtown Development Authority is weighing plans to add a second phase in a loop pattern.

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