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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
Local advocates of bringing commuter rail to Nashua had a mixed week, with a big victory in keeping the New Hampshire Rail Authority a going concern, but losing out on $4 million in funding to complete the rail feasibility study. Read More
Bill submitted to abolish NHRTA Read More
Top on his agenda is getting a commuter rail line to service Nashua and Manchester. Read More

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

Attract Young Talent
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Access to Jobs
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Economic Development
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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