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.
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.