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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Friday, 06 February 2015 10:39

State completes buy of Housatonic Railroad

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has completed its purchase of 37-miles of Housatonic Railroad right-of-way, stretching from Pittsfield, Mass., to Canaan, Conn., the railroad's headquarters city sitting just across the Massachusetts-Connecticut border.

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 that GCT Constructors, JV, a joint venture consisting of Schiavone Construction Co. and John P. Picone Inc., has been awarded a contract to build the future Long Island Rail Road concourse at Grand Central Terminal.

Friday, 06 February 2015 09:36

Fed funds to aid NJT storm warning system

New Jersey Transit will receive $843,750 in federal funds to develop a validated forecast and warning system, in partnership with Stevens Institute of Technology located in Hoboken, N.J., one of the cities severely affected by the impact of storm surge due to Superstorm Sandy in late October 2012.

Thursday, 05 February 2015 10:46

United Rail, HaslerRail form partnership

Jacksonville, Fla.-based United Rail, Inc. announced a partnership with Swiss rail supply manufacturer HaslerRail AG on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, designed to allow United Rail "to represent their systems and products to the American freight and passenger rail transportation markets."

Thursday, 05 February 2015 09:30

OLI president laments Metro-North incident

Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) President Joyce Rose commented Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, on the Feb. 3 collision in Valhalla, N.Y., involving an SUV and a Metro-North Railroad consist.

Thursday, 05 February 2015 09:08

Wabtec acquires Railroad Controls L.P.

Wilmerding, Pa.-based Wabtec Corp. has acquired Railroad Controls L.P., a provider of railway signal construction services with annual revenue of about $75 million in 2014.

Wednesday, 04 February 2015 13:26

U.S. freight traffic: Good week, good January

U.S. freight traffic wrapped up the week ending Jan. 31, 2015 with solid gains, capping an equally solid month of advances, the Association of American Railroads reported Wednesday, Feb. 4.

Registration and hotel reservations have begun for Railway Interchange 2015, show host organizations announced Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015.

Wednesday, 04 February 2015 09:58

Denver RTD IDs four for LRT extension work

Denver's Regional Transportation District (RTD) staff on Tuesday evening, Feb. 3, 2015, presented a final list to RTD's Board of Directors of four supplier teams interested to bid on building out the Southeast Rail Extension.

Tuesday, 03 February 2015 14:22

Made (mostly under) Manhattan

Amid myriad ongoing rail project work in New York's five boroughs, four subway programs in Manhattan signify the ups and downs of adjusting and growing a century-old system for the second 100 years.

Tuesday, 03 February 2015 13:25

AAR to Congress: Don't hurt private investment

Testifying on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 in Washington before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, Association of American Railroads President and CEO Edward R. Hamberger cautioned lawmakers not to tamper with a successful formula for U.S. freight railroads.

Tuesday, 03 February 2015 09:50

FTA funds ID'd for (West) Sacramento streetcar

Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funding could cover half the $150 million projected cost of the proposed 3.3-mile West Sacramento streetcar, contingent, per standard, on matching funding from state, local, and/or other sources, and President Obama's proposed fiscal year 2016 budget includes funding that would enable just that.

“The U.S. economy continues to grow, and strong demand for rail service demonstrates that the freight rail industry is integral to this growth,” the Association of American Railroads (AAR) declared Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, in releasing its 15-page 2015 Freight Rail Industry Outlook outlining the industry's prospects.

New York-based Titan has been awarded a five-year contract, with two additional one-year options, for all advertising rights on Metro Transit trains, light rail transit, and buses serving Minnesota's Twin Cities.

Friday, 30 January 2015 12:32

MTS adds S70 LRVs to San Diego Blue Line

San Diego's Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 said Siemens S70 low-floor light rail vehicles now have been added to the Blue Line, the system's initial route linking downtown San Diego and San Ysidro, Calif., just short of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Friday, 30 January 2015 10:00

Detroit M-1 Rail: We'll open in 2016

A spokesman for Detroit's public-private partnership M-1 Rail project, now under construction, told a community group Thursday evening, Jan. 29, 2015, the project would be open for passenger service sometime next year.

Thursday, 29 January 2015 11:33

U.S. freight traffic shows good growth

Total U.S. weekly rail traffic for the week ending Jan. 24, 2015 rose 4.1%, measured against the comparable week in 2014, according to the Association of American Railroads in its latest weekly report.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 11:46

Obituary: "Ned" Snead, GREX founder, 85

Georgetown Rail Equipment Co. (GREX®) Founder and Chairman Emeritus Edwin de Steiguer "Ned" Snead passed away Jan. 22, 2015, in Georgetown, Tex. He was 85.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 11:10

Record volume drives CN 4Q, full year

Canadian National late Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 reported fourth-quarter net income of C$844 million (US$678 million), or C$1.03 (about 83 U.S. cents) in diluted earnings per share, compared with C$635 million (US$510 million), or 76 Canadian cents (61 U.S. cents) per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015 14:46

Rail service resuming after blizzard

Most of the Northeast’s passenger rail systems intentionally shut down late on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in anticipation of what was expected to be a severe winter storm. But by the following afternoon, service was being gradually restored as the storm subsided and its effects proved not as severe as was feared.
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