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, 11 October 2013 09:53

New York court upholds MTA payroll tax

The New York State Court of Appeals turned down an appeal Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 to overturn a payroll tax that helps fund the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Friday, 11 October 2013 08:15

BART operations continue through weekend

BART trains will continue to operate through most of the weekend of Oct. 12-13, 2013, as union representatativs and management agreed to extend contract talks late Thursday, Oct. 10, in an effort to reach contract agreement.

Friday, 11 October 2013 07:57

New GM for Santa Clara VTA

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority Board of Directors has appointed Nuria I. Fernandez general manager, following what it says was a nationwide search and 10-month recruitment process. She will assume her new role Dec. 1, 2013.

Thursday, 10 October 2013 12:43

Intermodal powers U.S. freight traffic gains

U.S. intermodal volume continued its winning ways in the week ending Oct. 5, 2013, while U.S. freight carload volume, improving in recent weeks, slipped, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday, Oct. 10.

Thursday, 10 October 2013 10:30

CTA adjusts fare payment options

The Chicago Transit Authority moved Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, to restore and retain, for now, use of magnetic strip cards in CTA vending machines, after two days of only offering its new Ventra fare payment system.

Thursday, 10 October 2013 08:04

BNSF offers reward for gun attack on consist

The lead locomotive of a BNSF freight consist was struck at least 15 times by gunfire from an automobile pacing the train last month in central Washington state, roughly midway between Seattle and Spokane.

Thursday, 10 October 2013 07:52

Metrolinx: Other Toronto LRT projects still go

Metrolinx on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, affirmed its intent to advance two light rail transit extension projects in Toronto, notwithstanding the decision earlier this week to advance subway construction for the Scarborough Line.

Erie, Pa.-based GE Transportation on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, unveiled its RailConnect 360 Monitoring and Diagnostics (M&D) and ShipperConnect software at the second annual Minds + Machines Conference in Chicago.

Wednesday, 09 October 2013 10:27

Bay Area buildup

Big cities can tout big projects. San Francisco keeps expanding its rail reach and effectiveness in big-city fashion out of proportion to its actual size.

Wednesday, 09 October 2013 08:58

Scarborough Line now voted a subway line

Toronto's City Council Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, voted 24-to-20 to endorse revamping the Scarborough Line as an extension of the city's subway system, giving Toronto Mayor Rob Ford a political victory.

Wednesday, 09 October 2013 08:26

Caltrain touts real-time website info

Caltrain said late Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, it had activated its real-time departure system, available in three locations on its website.

Wednesday, 09 October 2013 07:54

Amtrak solicits proposals for 30th St. Station

Amtrak, seeking redevelopment plans for 30th Street Station, Philadelphia, has asked for proposals submitted no later than Nov. 18, 2013.

Tuesday, 08 October 2013 12:02

APTA seeks input for MAP-21 plans

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) noted Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have jointly published proposed policy guidance and a request for comments concerning the role of metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) in future transportation planning. APTA seeks to give active input into that process.

Tuesday, 08 October 2013 11:36

Metrolinx taps Wabtec for Tier 4 locomotives

Wilmerding, Pa.-based Wabtec Corp. said Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 its MotivePower subsidiary has signed a US$63 million contract with Canada's Metrolinx to build 10 new, low-emission locomotives.

Tuesday, 08 October 2013 11:14

Amtrak revamps Great American Stations site

Amtrak announced Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, that its Amtrak GreatAmericanStations.com website is now upgraded "with new tools, resources, and information to help local communities discover and develop the economic power of America's train stations."

Tuesday, 08 October 2013 10:50

Kenosha delays streetcar decision

Kenosha, Wis.'s City Council voted to delay a decision to expand its existing streetcar operations, with different council members offering differing reasons on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, for a two-week deferment.

Monday, 07 October 2013 10:51

CN’s Mongeau: Grain crop looks good

CN President and CEO Claude Mongeau said Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, current forecasts call for western Canada crop production to be one of the largest harvests in history, and he stressed that supply chain collaboration and information sharing will be essential to moving the crop efficiently.

Monday, 07 October 2013 09:54

CAF USA wins KC streetcar contract

Kansas City has awarded CAF USA, Inc. a $22 million contract for five streetcars to cover service on its initial 2.2-mile streetcar line downtown.

Monday, 07 October 2013 08:50

LIRR seeks to lease diesel consists

MTA Long Island Rail Road has issued a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for diesel locomotives and trailer passenger cars, in an effort to bolster service on one branch in Nassau County and a second mostly in Suffolk County, N.Y., "via a lease agreement."

Monday, 07 October 2013 08:19

Illinois study: Midwest HSR system feasible

A study funded by the state of Illinois says true high speed rail operations in the Midwest, while costly to implement, is feasible and might even cover operating costs once implemented.

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