Traffic congestion, increased transportation demand, concerns about mobility, economic development and the state’s famous quality of life lead 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.
The NHRTA is administratively attached to the NHDOT. The Authority Board has broad based membership from 11 cities and towns, 7 regional planning commissions, two state senators and two state representatives, the NHDOT, the Manchester-Boston Regional airport, and four appointees by the governor. Although authorized by statute, the Authority has had no budget or staff since its creation.