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. Read more.
Attract Young Talent
New Hampshire’s demographics are shifting at alarming rate. According to research from the NH Center for Public Policy Studies, the working age population (age 20 to 64) will decrease 7.3% in the next 20 years and the percentage of population age 65 and older is set to double in every county in that amount of time.
These demographic trends will impact all aspects of our economy, from healthcare to housing and education. Already, this lack of in-migration and aging workforce is having a negative impact on employers who are unable to attract young, talented professionals.
Despite these trends, New Hampshire has an opportunity to help secure its social and economic future by expanding passenger rail service from Boston to Concord. Read more.
Access to Jobs
According to a report from NH Employment Security, more than 80,000 Granite Staters commute to Massachusetts for work. Home to the world’s leading colleges and universities, not to mention an equally impressive array of businesses, including Fortune 500, biotech and high-tech companies, Boston is the region’s leading employment center.
Boston has long been, and will continue to be a major draw for New Hampshire workers. But with more than 70 miles of congested highways between Concord and Boston along the New Hampshire Capitol Corridor, workers might be hesitant to try to commute from New Hampshire to Boston, even if they are intrigued by New Hampshire’s low cost of living, public safety and beautiful outdoor spaces. But an expanded rail system makes that option all the more viable. Read more.
Passenger rail breeds development—it is that simple. Wherever rail stations are located, development soon follows. Train stations have long been hubs of activity, and there is no reason to think that pattern would not continue in New Hampshire once stations are finalized. Rail-related development could lead to a renewed emphasis on residential and mixed-use developments. Along with creating construction jobs, passenger rail provides the opportunity to promote smart development to mitigate sprawl and to help accommodate residents seeking additional lifestyle choices. Read more.