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.
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.
ALL Aboard Florida, the inter-city passenger subsidiary of Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) has announced details of its first services, which will link Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach from late 2016.
AMTRAK has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for 28 high-speed trains, which will replace the Acela Express fleet on the Washington DC – New York – Boston Northeast Corridor (NEC).
INDIANA Department of Transportation (IDOT) has selected Chicago-based Corridor Capital LLC as its "preferred vendor" to manage and operate the daily Hoosier State inter-city service between Indianapolis and Chicago, which is currently operated by Amtrak.
THE City of Chesapeake, Virginia, is to submit a formal request for funding to Hampton Roads Transit for the extension of The Tide light rail line from the neighbouring city of Norfolk.