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, 15 January 2014 10:10

Court upholds MTA payroll mobility tax

New York State's Court of Appeals on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, upheld the payroll mobility tax used to help fund the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), denying a repeal of the tax sought mostly by Long Island political officials.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 09:43

APTA: Transit ridership up in 3Q, year-to-date

The American Public Transportation Association says Americans continue to turn to public transit in increasing numbers, totaling 2.7 billion trips in the third quarter, up 1.5% from the comparable period in 2012.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 09:22

FY14 appropriations good for TIGER, Amtrak

Congressional conference committee members cobbling together an actual fiscal year 2014 federal budget have reportedly agreed on budgetary numbers fairly favorable to Amtrak and Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) programs. Federal high speed rail funding, however, is omitted entirely.

The Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS) on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, announced "support for the California High-Speed Rail Authority [CHSRA] and California Governor Jerry Brown's budget proposal that would authorize funding for the state's high-speed rail program, utilizing $300 million of cap and trade revenue."

Two U.S. Senators are urging the Federal Railroad Administration to mandate cameras on board passenger locomotives and operating cab cars in order to provide detailed information on potential derailments.

Monday, 13 January 2014 10:14

New AAR Silver Associate Member

Saguenay, Quebec-based Entretien Ferroviaire Boivin, Inc. has joined the Association of American Railroads as a Silver Associate Member.

Friday, 10 January 2014 13:01

North Dakota U.S. Senators seek CBR safety

North Dakota's two U.S. Senators met in Washington, D.C. Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, with federal officials to advance improved freight rail safety measures in tank car construction and operation.

Milwaukee, facing stiff anti-rail opposition from its namesake county and the state of Wisconsin, continues pursuing an initial $65 million starter streetcar line, focusing on limiting costs of utility relocation, which opponents have seized on as one way to kill the plan.

Friday, 10 January 2014 09:42

Wabtec lands MARC PTC contract

The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved a $13 million contract with Wabtec Corp. subsidiary Wabtec Railway Electronics to install Positive Train Control (PTC) equipment on MARC regional passenger railcars.

Thursday, 09 January 2014 15:16

Giulietti named new Metro-North president

Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast announced Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, the appointment of Joseph J. Giulietti as Metro-North Railroad president, succeeding Howard Permut, who will retire Jan. 31.

Thursday, 09 January 2014 13:42

New Year starts right for U.S. freight traffic

For the first week of 2014 ending Jan. 4, 2014, both U.S. freight carload traffic and U.S. intermodal volume gained ground over the comparable week in 2013, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday, Jan. 9.

Thursday, 09 January 2014 11:39

Cuomo backs Metro-North line to Penn Station

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, considered by many to be lukewarm at best in his support for rail transit improvements in the Empire State, emphasized his support Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, behind Metro-North New Haven Line access to New York Penn Station.

Thursday, 09 January 2014 09:50

Four teams still vie to build Purple Line

Maryland state officials have culled down prospective private consortia willing to build the 16-mile, $2.2 billion Purple Line light rail transit project from six to four.

Thursday, 09 January 2014 08:54

Keolis lands MBTA regional rail contract

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has awarded Keolis Commuter Services an eight-year, $2.68 billion contract to operate MBTA regional rail passenger service for the Bay State. Two extension options of two years each could ratchet the total value to $4.3 billion.

Wednesday, 08 January 2014 08:47

Greenbrier Cos. fiscal 1Q14 results released

The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 reported net earnings of $16 million, or 51 cents per share, for its fiscal first-quarter 2014 ending Nov. 30, 2013, missing Wall Street consensus estimates of 53 cents per share.

Tuesday, 07 January 2014 10:40

Virginia/N.C. reps meet to advance HSR

Virginia and North Carolina officials pursuing high speed rail development were scheduled to meet in Washington, D.C. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, to advance HSR between the nation's capital and Charlotte, N.C.

Bombardier Transportation said Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 it will supply Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) with an additional 365 rail cars, part of BART's "Fleet of the Future," through a contract worth roughly $639 million.

Tuesday, 07 January 2014 09:10

Metro-North president to step down

Howard R. Permut, president of MTA Metro-North Railroad and an original team member of the railroad since its creation in 1983, reportedly will step down from his post by month's end.

Monday, 06 January 2014 14:52

Luke Reardon Joins Pandrol USA

Bridgeport, N.J.-based Pandrol USA says Luke Reardon has joined the company as a sales and customer service representative, based at company headquarters.

Monday, 06 January 2014 13:37

Amtrak stop eyed for Dakota oil boom town

Culbertson, Mont., may be added to Amtrak's national network due in part to ongoing shale oil activity in the Bakken formation, primarily occurring in North Dakota, according to the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP).

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