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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U.S. coal use for electricity generation may be declining, and U.S. freight railroads may be delivering less coal as a result. But rail still is by far the modal choice for remaining demand, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's June 11, 2014 "Today in Energy" brief.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 10:56

SEPTA braces for regional rail strike

SEPTA management appears willing to endure a strike to its regional rail system, possibly beginning this Saturday, June 14, 2014, rather than delay such action until winter, when weather is more severe and system ridership is higher.

Operation Lifesaver, Inc. said Tuesday, June 10, 2014, that the application period is now open for a total of $150,000 in grant funds for transit agencies and other local governmental entities for rail transit safety education and public awareness initiatives.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 08:22

Chesapeake, Va., eyes The Tide LRT

Chesapeake, Va., is poised to submit a formal request for aid from Hampton Roads Transit to extend The Tide light rail transit to the municipality.

Monday, 09 June 2014 09:54

Amtrak pursues NEC WiFi upgrade

Amtrak seeks to improve and upgrade its WiFI coverage along the Northeast Corridor, and has issued a Request for Proposals to implement such action.

Monday, 09 June 2014 08:20

Funds flow to KC anti-streetcar forces

A political action committee opposed to continued streetcar development in Kansas City, Mo., SmartKC, has received $20,000 from Missourians for Responsible Government to continue their fight.

U.S. rail intermodal volume likely is benefitting from a surge in import volume through U.S. West Coast ports as a labor contract nears expiration, according to a report released Friday, June 6, 2014, by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates.

U.S. freight traffic gained ground for both the week ending May 31, 2014, and indeed for the entire month of May, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday, June 5.

Conference registration and hotel reservations have begun for RSI/CMA 2014, the Railway Supply Institute's (RSI) annual trade show and conference, to be held in conjunction with the Railway Association of Canada's (RAC) Canadian Rail Summit. The events take place Sept. 21-23, 2014, at the Palais des congrès de Montréal (Montréal Convention Center) in Montréal.

Thursday, 05 June 2014 09:02

TEX Rail issues DMU RFPs

Fort Worth Transportation Authority ("The T") has issued a request for propoals, RFP 14-T008, for an unspecified number of diesel multiple-unit (DMU) trains to cover proposed TEX Rail regional passenger rail service, linking downtown Fort Worth, Tex., with Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Wednesday, 04 June 2014 10:02

RSI "concerned" over EPA carbon proposal

Railway Supply Institute Vice President of Government Affairs Nicole Brewin expressed concerns Wednesday, June 4, 2014, of potential negative impacts resulting from the U.S. Environmental Protectation Agency (EPA) proposal on carbon emissions.

Wednesday, 04 June 2014 08:44

SEPTA tests all-night weekend service

Two rapid transit lines in Philadelphia will commence round-the-clock weekend service beginning June 15, 2014, as part of a pilot program initiated by Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA).

Operation Lifesaver Inc. President Joyce Rose said Tuesday, June 3, 2014 that she and Operation Lifesaver USA are "proud to observe the sixth annual International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD), bringing worldwide attention to the important issue of safety at crossings."

The South Shore App made its debut Monday, June 2, 2014, onboard Northern Indian Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) South Shore interurban rail service linking South Bend, Ind., and Chicago.

Tuesday, 03 June 2014 10:14

Sacramento adjusts LRT security measures

Responding to rider complaints over safety and to future service expectations, Sacramento Regional Transit District (RTD) is adjusting its security measures on board light rail transit operations.

Marlton, N.J.-based Hill International said Monday, June 2, 2014 it has received an amendment from Los Angeles' Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority for program management services on Phases 2A and 2B of the $1.9 billion Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension light rail transit project.

Norfolk Southern and Operation Lifesaver Inc. are hosting "The Peach State Whistle-Stop Safety Train" this week as a 327-mile tour stretches from Valdosta, in southeast Georgia, north to Dalton, Ga., the carpet capital of the world.

Monday, 02 June 2014 09:31

Newest GWI short line debuts

Genesee & Wyoming Inc.'s newest rail subsidiary, Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad, Inc. (RCP&E), began operations Sunday, June 1, 2014, as Canadian Pacific completed the sale of the line, the western stretch of the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern.

Despite continued sniping from anti-rail partisans, Arlington and Fairfax counties in Virginia have awarded a contract to Parsons Transportation Group to manage the municipality's proposed Columbia Pike streetcar program.

Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph C. Szabo on Friday, May 30, 2014 toured a Siemens rail automation plant in Louisville, Ky., which is producing components for new Positive Train Control (PTC) systems.

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