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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Wednesday, 02 July 2014 09:06

LRT conversion for LA Orange Line?

Pending a signature from California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on a legislative bill, Los Angeles will be cleared to convert its Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line to a light rail transit (LRT) operation in the future, reversing a longstanding prohibition and, perhaps, signaling to other U.S. locations that BRT's benefits are, at best, limited when measured against comparable LRT operation.

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 13:04

Harsco lands another big Swiss contract

Harsco Corp. said Tuesday, July 1, 2014 it has secured second major railway track and infrastructure maintenance equipment award from Swiss Federal Railways (SBB).

Progress Rail Services Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., said Tuesday, July 1, 2014 it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Pacific Rail Engineering's (PRE) track business.

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 10:34

Herzog, Lilee in PTC partnership

Herzog Technologies, Inc. (HTI) said Tuesday, July 1, 2014 it has partnered with Lilee Systems  “to provide innovative Positive Train Control Solutions.  HTI chose Lilee’s suite of products to support HTI’s Commercial ITCM Federation Hosting solution.”

A webinar July 9, 2014 entitled Achieving Optimized Capital Planning and Asset Reliability is being offered by Railway Age and sister publication Railway Track & Structures, along with Bentley Systems, Inc.

Keolis Commuter Services officially began operating the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's 14 regional passengers rail lines as midnight arrived Tuesday morning, July 1, 2014.

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 09:18

CBR obstacles vary, but multiply

Pushback against crude-by-rail (CBR) oil shipments continues to develop in a variety of ways, from local protests to looming action from the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

Trinity Industries, Inc. has announced its intent to acquire Meyer Steel Structures, a provider of tubular steel structure for electricity transmission and generation, for about $600 million.

Monday, 30 June 2014 09:48

Illinois, UP mark projects new and old

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durban (D) joined Union Pacific President and COO Lance Fritz Friday, June 27, 2014, to announce a joint $90 million addition of a third track to Metra's West Line.

Monday, 30 June 2014 09:23

Indiana taps vendor for Hoosier State

Indiana's Department of Transportation has selected Corridor Capital, LLC as its "preferred vendor" to manage and operate Amtrak's Hoosier State between Indianapolis and Chicago.

July 28, 2014, is the date now set for groundbreaking ceremonies initiating work on Detroit's M1 steetcar project, M1 officials said Friday, June 27.

In a 24-page submission to the Surface Transportation Board dated Thursday, June 26, 2014, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) responded to STB's request "seeking input on the Board's rate reasonableness complaint procedures related to the transportation of grain by rail."

Thursday, 26 June 2014 13:45

El Paso streetcar plan gets state funding

The Texas Transportation Commission dispensed $2.2 billion in funding Thursday, June 26, 2014, to numerous municipalities in the Lone Start State, including cities such as Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio. But about $97 million will go to El Paso, Tex., for use in establishing a heritage streetcar operation.

U.S. freight traffic scored another advance during the week ending June 21, 2014, aided by intermodal volume the Association of American Railroads described Thursday, June 26, as "the highest week in history ... topping the previous record set last week."

Wednesday, 25 June 2014 12:05

Detroit City Council OKs streetcar line

Permits approved Tuesday, June 24, 2014 by the Detroit City Council have cleared the way for groundbreaking to occur sometime this summer on the city's public-private partnership M1 streetcar project.

Chicagoland's Metra on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, joined local elected officials and to mark the completion of a $4.5 million renovati0on of Metra's Cicero Station on the BNSF Line.

San Antonio City Attorney Robbie Greenblum has issued a memo noting VIA Metropolitan Transit is not required to obtain permission from the city to advance streetcar development along city rights-of-way.

An anti-rail citizens coalition has abandoned its legal challenge against Ion light rail transit development in Ontario's Region of Waterloo, which includes the municipalities of Waterloo, Kitchener, and Cambridge.

Friday, 20 June 2014 09:47

IANA, AAR offer intermodal counsel

The Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) and the Association of American Railroads (AAR) will jointly offer educational sessions highlighting intermodal's significant and growing role in railroads' transportation mix, beginning with this year's Intermodal EXPO 2014.

The League of Railway Industry Women (LRIW) says it is now accepting nominations for its 2014 Outstanding Woman of the Year Award.

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