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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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.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 07:48

New York subways mark days of 6 million riders

As New York City’s subway ridership has improved, journalistic shorthand has routinely noted the system, easily the largest rapid transit system in the U.S., carries 5 million riders per weekday. MTA New York City Transit now is suggesting that assumed number may soon need revision.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 07:28

NS notches numerous 3Q records

Norfolk Southern early Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, reported net income of $559 million in the third quarter, up 16% from $482 million in the third quarter of 2013 and a quarterly record.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 09:46

N.J. mayors push for Bergen County LRT

A coalition of mayors, including mayors from Hudson County communities already served by light rail transit, are publicly urging New Jersey officials to extend Hudson-Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) into neighboring Bergen County, the most populous county in the Garden State.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 09:06

LRT aids Houston's 21st century hopes

Jettison the biases and stereotypes before you head to Houston, my brother-in-law cautioned me last month as I prepared for APTA Expo 2014. "It's really grown up; it's a real city now," he offered.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 08:46

Record 3Q for CP

Canadian Pacific Railway on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, announced record third-quarter net income of C$400 million (US$356.4 million), or C$2.31 (US$2.06) per diluted share, up from C$324 million or C$1.84 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2013, an increase of 26% year-over-year.

Monday, 20 October 2014 10:25

Ceremony marks latest LA Gold Line advance

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) officials and others on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 marked the completion of trackwork for the Foothill Gold Line extension of light rail transit at the line's future terminal station in Azusa, Calif.

Friday, 17 October 2014 08:34

KCS reports record 3Q revenue

Kansas City Southern on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 reported third-quarter 2014 revenue of $678 million, up 9% from the third quarter of 2013. Carload volumes for the quarter were up 4% from the comparable quarter of a year ago, the company said. Both were at record levels, KCS said.

Piscataway, N.J.-based Strato, Inc., says it has been named New Jersey Manufacturer of the Year 2014 by NJBIZ, a business publication.

Pro-rail forces in Milwaukee have one month to file a lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's decision to force the city to pay for utility relocation needed for right-of-way construction.

U.S. freight rail traffic kept advancing in the latest week ending Oct. 11, 2014, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported Thursday, Oct 16, suggesting continued U.S economic strength may continue despite Wall Street concerns of a global economic slowdown.

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