Additional Transit Options
A hub for business and travel, southern New Hampshire continues to grow. But the region’s transit options are limited. Aside from Amtrak’s successful Downeaster train service, which has two stops in Durham and Exeter in New Hampshire, and a single stop along Vermont’s Knowledge Corridor route in Claremont, New Hampshire does not have passenger rail as an option. New Hampshire residents and visitors to the state need more options. Passenger rail provides a significant alternative in the state’s capitol corridor—the stretch of roadway from Boston to Concord—which is the busiest corridor in the state. Rail expansion means fewer cars on the road, resulting in less pollution and less congestion.
Passenger rail could be an integral piece in enhancing access to the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. The airport, which is expected to be home to a stop on the expanded passenger rail route, experienced a boon in the early 2000s as it offered convenience and lower flight costs. Boston’s Logan International Airport has caught up in terms of flight costs and has made improvements in terms of accessibility. Passenger rail would provide an efficient and affordable transit option for those looking to fly out of Manchester, giving the Manchester airport another leg up in terms of convenience and accessibility.