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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Monday, 12 November 2012 10:32

Fiscal swap eyed for San Antonio streetcar

A swap of fiscal contributions may aid a proposed streetcar plan in San Antonio, Tex., overseen by VIA Metropolitan Transit.

Mindful of the surge in riders during (and leading up to) Inauguration Day 2009, Washington, D.C.-area rail operators are preparing for comparable events of Jan. 21, 2013—but in very different ways.

Friday, 09 November 2012 09:03

RailComm picked for Port of Los Angeles work

RailComm has been selected by Herzog Technologies, which has offices in Oceanside, Calif., to provide a wireless remote control yard system for the Port of Los Angeles.

Data released Nov. 8 by the Association of American Railroads (AAR) showed Hurricane Sandy disrupted U.S. intermodal volume's winning streak during the week ending Nov. 3, 2012. The hurricane also solidified U.S. freight carload traffic's continuing slide during the latest week.

Thursday, 08 November 2012 11:54

DDOT pleased by streetcar RFI responses

Washington, D.C.'s District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Thursday said response to its Request for Qualifications/Request for Proposal (RFQ/RFI) was sufficient for the agency to pursue a 22-mile streetcar network serving the nation's capital.

Thursday, 08 November 2012 11:09

LRT defeat jeopardizes bistate bridge project

Voters in Clark County, Wash., on Tuesday rejected a proposed 0.1% sales tax to extend light rail transit across the Columbia River from Oregon—and that rejection could jeopardize a multimodal bridge designed to address bistate transportation.

Wednesday, 07 November 2012 13:14

Iowa Interstate opens locomotive maintenance shop

Iowa Interstate Railroad Ltd. (IAIS) Wednesday said it has opened a new locomotive maintenance shop and crew change center near South Amana, Iowa.

Wednesday, 07 November 2012 11:26

Houston LRT backers decry OK to divert funds

Light rail transit advocates in Houston Wednesday morning mourned passage by voters of a referendum allowing Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Metro) to divert 25% of its transit sales tax collection to roads, bridges, sidewalks, and other non-rail infrastructure. Metro itself supported the measure.

Wednesday, 07 November 2012 10:54

Eastern U.S. rail initiatives gain ground

Arlington, Va., voters Tuesday approved a $31.9 million transportation bond by a healthy four-to-one margin, making $14.6 million available for improvements to the WMATA Metrorail. Upgrades in WMATA's Virginia stations would include larger station platforms to accommodate 8-car trains, and funds to help purchase additional 7000-series cars.

Wednesday, 07 November 2012 10:17

Twin California defeats loom for rail

Los Angeles County voters Tuesday who supported Measure J, extending a half-cent tax for public transportation, accounted for 65% of those voting on the measure, thus falling short of a supermajority needed to pass the measure.

Tuesday, 06 November 2012 12:54

In LA, Measure J seeks more transit funds

At least 19 measures involving rail and public transit are on the ballot Tuesday across the U.S., with Los Angeles County potentially the biggest player involved. Voters in America's second-largest city and surrounding munciipalities will decide whether to extend a half-cent sales tax (the existing Measure R, approved in 2008) by 30 years.

Tuesday, 06 November 2012 08:06

Talgo, Inc. sues Wisconsin

Attorneys for Seattle-based Talgo, Inc. on Monday announced they had filed a lawsuit on behalf of the rail equipment manufacturer against the state of Wisconsin, based on the state's decision "to terminate its contract with the State of Wisconsin to build passenger trains to be used by the State for Amtrak's Hiawatha line between Milwaukee and Chicago."

Monday, 05 November 2012 12:43

IANA: Domestic container growth continues

Domestic container volume recorded double digit growth for the fourth quarter in a row, according to the Intermodal Association of North America's (IANA) Intermodal Market Trends & Statistics report, released Monday.

Monday, 05 November 2012 12:35

For NJT, equipment damage looms large

New York-area residents attempted some resumption of "normal" travel-to-work routine Monday, with varying degrees of success. But New Jersey residents may be deprived of adequate rail transit alternatives for far longer than their counterparts in New York State and Connecticut may expect, in large part due to damaged rolling stock and locomotives.

New York Air Brake and its Train Dynamic Systems Division announced that the company's facility in Irving, Tex., has passed an intensive audit and has been recommended for accreditation for the ISO 9001:2008 standard.

Monday, 05 November 2012 10:57

For Greenbrier Cos., a record fiscal year

Fiscal year 2012 was a record one for The Greenbrier Cos., both in terms of earnings and revenue, the Lake Oswego, Ore.-based company said. The company's fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2012.

Friday, 26 October 2012 11:05

BART taps Cubic for fare collection system

Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), expanding its system from its namesake territory into California's Silicon Valley, has awarded a $10 million contract to Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc., to install a regionally interoperable Clipper® Card payment system to its new customers.

Friday, 26 October 2012 09:15

Santa Ana next in line for LRT?

Expanding light rail transit reach in the Los Angeles basin could next include a 20-mile LRT line from LA's Union Station to downtown Santa Ana, in Orange County, Calif.

Friday, 26 October 2012 08:27

Iowa Pacific eyes Adirondack tourist train

Iowa Pacific Holdings, LLC and the Adirondack Rail Preservation Society (ARPS) have reached a Memorandum of Understanding to establish tourist passenger service on the Adirondack Railroad, linking its namesake state park in upstate New York to New York City with Pullman sleeping car service.

Thursday, 25 October 2012 10:51

U.S. freight slump hits more commodity groups

For the week ending Oct. 20, 2012, a key difference in the continuing slump in U.S. freight carload traffic is the number of commodity groups affected, according to data released Thursday by the Association of American Railroads.

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