Doug Bowen is managing editor of Railway Age, IRJ's north American sister magazine. 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 Asbury Park Press, a New Jersey daily newspaper. Bowen, a graduate of Rutgers University, served as president of the New Jersey Association of Railroad Passengers (NJ-ARP) from 1987 to 2000 and again from 2004 to 2010, and remains a director on the NJ-ARP board.
DEFYING years of opposition from state and county officials, as well as resistance from some of its own members, Milwaukee Common Council approved the construction of a light rail in the city centre on February 10.
SAN DIEGO Association of Governments Board of Directors (Sandag) has unanimously approved the final environmental impact report for the Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project, which will extend the city's light rail network north from Old Town along the Interstate 5 corridor to La Jolla and University City.
THE newly-elected mayor of Surrey, the second-largest city in the Canadian province of British Columbia, has pledged to construct the city's first light rail line within four years.
THE governor of Massachusetts Mr Deval Patrick announced on October 22 that Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) will procure a fleet of up to 30 DMUs for commuter rail services on the 14.8km Fairmount Line from Boston South to Readville.
CALIFORNIAN commuter rail operator Caltrain has launched a public consultation on its future electric train fleet as part of plans to electrify the 82km San Francisco – San Jose line.
THE United States Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has given its approval for the construction of the 21km northern extension of the Minneapolis Blue Line from Target Field to Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.
SAN DIEGO Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) saw light rail ridership surge by 34% to reach 39.7 million passengers in the 2014 financial year, which ended on June 30, according to the operator's newly-published annual results.
THE US state of Illinois announced on August 4 that it has reached a "milestone" agreement with Iowa Interstate Railroad (IAIS) on the development of inter-city passenger services linking Chicago and the Quad-Cities of Moline and East Moline, Illinois, and Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa.
TEST operation began on August 4 on the first modern tram line in Washington DC, which runs along H Street and Benning Road in the northeast of the city.
SEATTLE City Council voted on July 21 to approve the alignment of a new tram line in the city centre that will link the existing South Lake Union line and the First Hill line, which is due to open later this year.