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 released the draft environmental impact report for the planned electrification of the 82km line between San Francisco and San Jose.
THE governor of Florida Mr Rick Scott announced on February 17 that the state government will provide up to $US 215m towards the construction of a new station at Orlando International Airport.
THE railway involved in the derailment and explosion of an oil train at Lac Megantic, Quebec, last July, has been acquired by Railroad Acquisisition Holdings LLC, an affiliate of New York-based Fortress Investment Group following an auction on January 21.
AUSTIN Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (CapMetro) has revealed plans for a $US27m capacity upgrade on the 51km Capital Metro Red Line between central Austin and Leander, Texas, less than four years after the line opened.
THE Maryland Board of Public Works has approved a $US 13 million contract with Wabtec subsidiary Wabtec Railway Electronics for the installation of Positive Train Control (PTC) onboard equipment on the Maryland Regional Commuter (Marc) fleet.
THE BOARD of Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has voted to award Keolis Commuter Services an eight-year $US 2.68bn contract to operate the 610km commuter rail network around Boston.
CANADIAN Pacific Railway (CP) has agreed to sell the western section of the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railway (DM&E), which it acquired in 2008, to Genesee & Wyoming (GWI).
THE Metropolitan Transportation Authority of Harris County, Texas, is concluding final test runs on the Houston MetroRail Red Line northern extension, which is due to open early next year.
SIEMENS Rail Systems and Cummins jointly announced on December 3 that they are launching a passenger locomotive partnership with the aim of bringing "one of the most modern and efficient diesel-electric passenger locomotives in the world to the US marketplace."
MINNEAPOLIS City Council's Transportation and Public Works Committee approved the further development of two tram projects at a meeting on November 19, 2013.