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    Why does a 50 mile commute take 2.5 hours during rush hour?

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    Young professionals are fleeing New Hampshire, while the state is rapidly aging.

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    Passenger rail offers a real alternative.

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NH Rail Transit Authority (NHRTA)

Traffic congestion, increased transportation demand, concerns about mobility, economic development and preservation of the state’s famous quality of life led to the legislation that established the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority (NHRTA) in 2007.

The Authority is tasked with encouraging and overseeing the redevelopment of passenger rail services throughout New Hampshire with an initial emphasis on the NH Capitol Corridor.

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Latest News & Events
Letter to the Editor: I strongly believe that extending commuter rail to Nashua and also to the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport would bring rapid economic growth and attract new employers to our cities. Read More
One week after the Senate voted against restoring funding for the New Hampshire Capitol Corridor rail expansion project, supporters say they are planning the next phase of their efforts. Read More
The state’s two largest Chambers of Commerce, economic development and rail advocates expressed their unwavering support for passenger rail expansion from Boston to Nashua and Manchester, despite a narrow New Hampshire Senate vote today against restoring funding for the New Hampshire Capitol Corridor rail expansion project. Read More

The Benefits of Rail There are numerous benefits of expanding passenger rail in NH.

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Follow Us Through the Process

NHDOT, in consultation with NHRTA, is administering the NH Capitol Corridor Rail and Transit Study to evaluate the role of the restoration of passenger rail service as part of a comprehensive multi-modal transportation system in New Hampshire.

Preliminary work by consultants has included outreach to public and private stakeholders and identifying potential routes, schedules and station options. Initial ridership projections are estimated at 3,100 boardings per weekday* from Manchester to Boston.

Once complete, this study will identify specific routes, stations, schedule options, an economic impact analysis and financing options.

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Proposed Timeline
  • 2014 - NH Capitol Corridor Study Released
  • 2015 - Prelim engineering / funding applications
  • 2017 - Construction begins
  • 2020 - Service begins