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, 20 March 2013 10:35

Wording to change on TriMet LRT referendum

A Clackamas County (Ore.) Circuit Court has agreed with a lawyer challenging the wording of a county measure up for vote May 21, involving extending light rail transit 7.3 miles from Portland to Milwaukie, Ore., southeast of Portland.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013 13:53

Report on U.S. HSR offers options

A report on U.S. high speed rail released Tuesday recaps why the nation has been slow to adopt HSR as a transportation option, classifies four waves of global HSR development, and offers options for U.S. pursuit of HSR in the 21st century.

The Association of American Railroads Tuesday praised a report by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) citing private freight rail infrastructure investments as a key factor for highlighting rail as the “most improved” sector of our nation's critical infrastructure systems.

Monday, 18 March 2013 11:52

Coscia named Amtrak Board chairman

Anthony Coscia, former chair of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, has been elected chair of the board of directors of Amtrak, succeeding Thomas C. Carper, Amtrak said Monday.

Invensys Rail says it will serve as a subcontractor to Five Star Electric Corp. in a project to replace two rail interlockings for MTA New York City Transit.

Monday, 18 March 2013 08:32

DART taps Axion for more ECOTRAX ties

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) plans to utilize Axion International's ECOTRAX railway ties for three miles of its planned Blue Line light rail transit extension into South Dallas, Tex.

Monday, 18 March 2013 08:21

St. Paul ponders streetcar options

As the Central Corridor light rail transit line readies for a midyear 2014 opening, St. Paul, Minn., is looking ahead to returning streetcar service to the state capital, in essence extending the Central Corridor's ridership reach.

Ramsey, Minn., has contributed rail riders in excess of initial projections of 100 per day to overall Northstar commuter numbers, according to Metro Transit.

Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) seeks to coordinate with the state's Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation to partner with labor unions, development agencies, contractors, and community groups to find, and train, candidates for two proposed rail projects.

Friday, 15 March 2013 10:07

NJ Transit gets disaster relief funds

New Jersey's two U.S. Senators late Thursday announced $144.4 million in federal disaster relief for New Jersey Transit, which will be used by the corporation mostly to repair rail facilities and equipment damaged last October by Hurricane Sandy.

Canadian federal officials and the City of Edmonton Thursday announced a public-private partnership effort to expedite Edmonton's light rail transit expansion. The private component of the P3 will be chosen through a competitive bidding process.

Dakota Plains Holdings, Inc. and a joint-venture partner, Petroleum Transport Solutions, LLC, said Friday construction is under way for the Pioneer Project, designed to expand crude oil transload capacity in New Town, N.D. Canadian Pacific will serve the facility.

The split results resumed for U.S. freight traffic during the week ending March 9, 2013, according to results released Thursday by the Association of American Railroads.

Thursday, 14 March 2013 09:50

Industry marks Railroad Day on Capitol Hill

Rail industry representatives spanning freight and passenger railroads, along with industry suppliers, labor groups, supportive state and local political officials, and rail activists were out in force on and around Capitol Hill Thursday.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 12:21

Fort Lauderdale streetcar gets county OK

Broward County, Fla., gave its approval Tuesday for a streetcar loop, dubbed "The Wave," to serve Fort Lauderdale.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 11:02

Bombardier Transportation names Bertling COO

Bombardier Transportation said Wednesday Lutz Bertling has been named the company's president and chief operating officer, effective June 3. He succeeds current president Andre Navarri, who will remain with the company as a strategic adviser to Bertling for one year, retiring on June 1, 2014.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 09:16

St. Louis suburb affirms Loop Trolley plans

University City, Mo.’s City Council has unanimously approved a permit for the Loop Trolley, allowing for construction and operation of the streetcar between University City and the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis, west of downtown St. Louis.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 08:00

NS selects Avtec VoIP consoles

Gilbert, S.C.-based Avtec, Inc. says Norfolk Southern has chosen the company’s Frontier-enabled Scout™ Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) consoles to replace aging equipment.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013 14:54

NJT: Power restored for Hoboken services

New Jersey Transit Tuesday said its electric-powered rail service to and from Hoboken Terminal would resume Sunday, March 24, complemented by changes in schedules to reflect the resumption. Restoration of a key power substation, affected by Hurricane Sandy last October 29, has been completed.

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority has taken the figurative plunge to reopen its old station at South Ferry, in lower Manhattan, in early April, after Hurricane Sandy submerged both the old station and its nearby replacement.

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