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January 23, 2017
Bill submitted to abolish NHRTA
October 19, 2016
Top on his agenda is getting a commuter rail line to service Nashua and Manchester.
August 12, 2016
Letter to the Editor: I strongly believe that extending commuter rail to Nashua and also to the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport would bring rapid economic growth and attract new employers to our cities.
May 21, 2016
One week after the Senate voted against restoring funding for the New Hampshire Capitol Corridor rail expansion project, supporters say they are planning the next phase of their efforts.
May 13, 2016
The state’s two largest Chambers of Commerce, economic development and rail advocates expressed their unwavering support for passenger rail expansion from Boston to Nashua and Manchester, despite a narrow New Hampshire Senate vote today against restoring funding for the New Hampshire Capitol Corridor rail expansion project.
May 10, 2016
We need your help now! This is our last chance this year to reinstate the $4 million in funding for the Project Development Phase of the NH Capitol Corridor rail expansion project.
May 9, 2016
If you were a business owner considering making a critical investment in your business that could deliver tremendous returns, would you do your due diligence or pass up the opportunity?
May 2, 2016
If you were a business owner considering making a critical investment in your business that could deliver tremendous returns, would you do your due diligence or pass up the opportunity?
April 27, 2016
Proponents seek reinstatement of $4m in federal funds for project planning
April 27, 2016
Nashua leaders made an appeal Tuesday to reinstate $4 million in federal funds to develop the next phase of passenger rail into New Hampshire after the House pulled the money last month.
April 26, 2016
Supporters of commuter rail are pushing for the Senate Transportation Committee to tap $4 million in federal funding to help fund the next phase of commuter rail after the full House rejected the spending.
April 25, 2016
April 25, 2016
State’s Largest Chambers of Commerce, High-Tech Community and Businesses Urge Senate to Fund NH Capitol Corridor Rail Project in Ten Year Transportation Improvement Plan
April 11, 2016
The New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority (NHRTA) is announcing the membership of its Governance Board and Advisory Board. Legislation passed last year streamlined the NHRTA board, while also creating an advisory board, helping the organization operate more efficiently and improving its standing in the eyes of federal agencies which would contribute up to 50% of project costs.
April 7, 2016
The NH House torpedoed $4 million in federal funds from the state's transportation plan in March. Those funds would have allowed the state to gather more information about what it would take to make passenger rail service a reality.
April 4, 2016
Recently, the New Hampshire House of Representatives made a mistake in eliminating project development of the New Hampshire Capitol Corridor rail expansion project from the 10-Year Transportation Improvement Plan.
March 28, 2016
New Hampshire has the highest public college costs in the nation. One possible and not commonly mentioned solution to this pressing issue is commuter rail. Along with creating 5,600 new jobs in the state, commuter rail could also decrease the price of higher education for students choosing to commute by rail.
March 22, 2016
About 130 advocates of the Capital Corridor Rail Project convened at the Nashua Library Monday night. Their goal: figure out how to get lawmakers to include rail in a 10-year transportation bill.
March 21, 2016
Mayor Jim Donchess will host a community meeting on March 21 to discuss the benefits of passenger rail expansion to Nashua and Manchester with the Greater Nashua residents.
March 16, 2016
Next stop is Senate after move to cut funding from highway plan
March 16, 2016
Following last week’s decision by state legislators to cut $4 million designated for rail from the state’s 10-year highway improvement plan, Mayor Jim Donchess has planned a “Fight For Rail” gathering next week.
March 10, 2016
Rail supporters remain optimistic for the prospects of passenger rail expansion from Boston to Manchester, despite the narrow passage of an amendment that removed funding for the NH Capitol Corridor project from New Hampshire’s Ten-Year Transportation Improvement Plan.
March 3, 2016
Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess and a slew of other state and local officials, along with passenger rail advocates, took their message to the Statehouse on Monday, lining up one after the other to encourage, plead and cajole state legislators on the House Public Works and Highways Committee to include the federal handout in the state's Transportation Improvement Plan.
March 2, 2016
Manchester-to-Boston line seen as an economic development boost
March 1, 2016
NH could proceed with the Capitol Corridor rail expansion project with zero out-of-pocket costs
March 1, 2016
Advocates for passenger rail expansion into southern New Hampshire called on lawmakers Monday to include key funding for a new commuter line in the state's 10-year transportation plan, saying new federal dollars have eliminated out-of-pocket costs for taxpayers here.
February 29, 2016
A group of politicians and business leaders pushing to extend passenger rail into New Hampshire are asking lawmakers to spend $4 million on a study as part of their 10-year highway plan.
February 29, 2016
The New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority (NHRTA) along with business and economic development officials from across the state, came together Feb. 29 with a $4 million proposal to move commuter rail forward in New Hampshire, in advance of a March 1 meeting of The House Public Works & Highways Committee on the issue.
February 29, 2016
Commuter rail advocates on Monday pushed legislators to back spending $4 million to pay for more detailed plans on bringing passenger rail service to Nashua and Manchester.
February 18, 2016
Residential properties close to proposed rail stations in Nashua and Manchester that would connect commuters to the Boston area would likely see values jump if the stations are built, experts say.
January 5, 2016
Plans are underway to design and build a park-and-ride facility on Crown Street and have the federally-funded facility open by spring 2017.
January 3, 2016
BOSTON SAND AND Gravel, now in its 102d year of operation, is one of the city’s most curious landmarks. With its giant cisterns towering 120 feet in the air and its long double-barrel conveyor belts angling earthward, the concrete mixing plant looks more like it belongs as the backdrop for a scene in a Batman movie. Indeed, it’s been used by Hollywood for “The Departed,” “The Town,” and “The Equalizer.”
December 15, 2015
New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan and other government and business supporters are continuing to press their case to use public-private partnerships to develop intermodal transportation projects such as a proposed commuter rail expansion from Massachusetts to serve Nashua and Manchester.
December 11, 2015
Supporters see partnership as a solution for funding
November 20, 2015
A new poll released this week says three-quarters of New Hampshire residents support a commuter rail network from Boston into the Granite State.
November 19, 2015
WMUR highlighted the fact that 74% of NH voters support expanding rail from Boston to Manchester during broadcasts on November 19 at 5 AM and 6 AM.
November 19, 2015
A recent poll by Public Policy Polling found 74 percent of New Hampshire residents support extending commuter rail from Boston to Manchester — a substantial jump from a February 2014 poll conducted for the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce by the UNH Survey Center that found 68 percent of residents in support of expanding rail from Boston to Manchester.
November 19, 2015
NH1 highlighted the rise in support for commuter rail in its “603 in Sixty” segment during its 11/19 10 PM broadcast
November 17, 2015
Public Policy Polling study show small increase in public support for rail expansion during the past 18 months.
November 17, 2015
Public Policy Polling study demonstrates a major jump in public support for rail expansion from 68% to 74% over the past year and a half
November 15, 2015
It's possible to bring passenger rail from Boston into New Hampshire for less than $5 million a year in state money, two Democratic executive councilors said.
November 15, 2015
Proposal would cost state $5 million per year
November 14, 2015
Three New Hampshire Democrats have released draft plans outlining a way to bring passenger rail to Nashua and Manchester.
November 13, 2015
Two members of the Executive Council unveiled a plan Friday to bring commuter rail to Nashua and Manchester by 2020 using a combination of private, federal and state financing.
November 13, 2015
Kuster, Pappas, Van Ostern say financing for commuter rail through Nashua, up to Manchester will cost state $5M annually.
November 12, 2015
The anticipated expansion of passenger rail across the Massachusetts border to Nashua is expected to do more than take cars off heavily traveled local roads. It is projected to create hundreds of new jobs and kick-start economic development, city and state officials have said.
October 20, 2015
New England state and federal rail advocates gathered at Nashua City Hall Monday to discuss ongoing and future rail projects, and emphasized the need for officials to collaborate across state lines to encourage passenger rail throughout the region.
October 20, 2015
The chairman of the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority said Monday that his agency is no longer studying the feasibility of bringing rail to New Hampshire, but is now working to make it a reality.
October 5, 2015
— A rail summit will be held later this month in Nashua to research various ways to make rail a viable project for New Hampshire.
September 30, 2015
WMUR's Fred Kocher explores the benefits of NH commuter rail with guests Mike Izbicki, chair of the NH Rail Transit Authority, and Mike Skelton, president of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
September 2, 2015
Michael Izbicki, chairman of the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority, said Thursday there is a huge economic opportunity to extend freight along with commuter rail because freight trips would become more profitable when traveling on a modern track at higher speeds.
August 31, 2015
The proposed expansion of passenger rail into New Hampshire could also lead to a boost in freight routes across the state.
August 28, 2015
Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau said she loses sleep over infrastructure problems like the 14-foot wide sinkhole that closed portions of Interstate 93 in Concord last week. Alternative modes of transportation like an expanded, modern passenger rail system, she said, would help her and other city leaders sleep a little more soundly.
August 28, 2015
Governor Maggie Hassan ceremoniously signed two bills this morning in Nashua pushing the state closer to extending passenger rail to Manchester along the New Hampshire Capitol Corridor.
August 20, 2015
The Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission (SNHPC) was recently awarded a $30,000 challenge grant from the “You Have Our Trust Fund” of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to be used for continued public education and advocacy with a goal of advancing commuter rail from Boston, MA to Nashua and Manchester, NH.
July 21, 2015
A commuter rail line from Massachusetts to Manchester, NH is one step closer to reality after Gov. Hassan signed new legislation to make way for funding.
June 2, 2015
Chambers of commerce in Nashua, Manchester and Concord have been bullish on rail. Rail represents an opportunity to build on southern New Hampshire’s opportunity for economic growth, and could help retain and attract young people to stem the state’s rapidly aging population. Dismissing the plan now would amount to a missed opportunity for the state, said Michael Skelton, executive director of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.
June 1, 2015
The conversation over the benefits and pitfalls of bringing commuter rail into New Hampshire will continue Monday at a forum hosted by the Business and Industry Association.
May 29, 2015
Supporters of a plan to bring commuter rail from Boston to New Hampshire said the Senate's decision not to fund the next stage of the process is a bump in the road rather than an end to their efforts.
May 29, 2015
NHRTA Chairman Michael Izbicki issued the following statement in response to today’s Senate vote on HB 25, which did not include funding for the critical project development phase required to continue to process of establishing a passenger rail line from Boston – Manchester:
May 12, 2015
The Nashua-Manchester corridor serves as the economic backbone of our state.
May 10, 2015
After nearly two years of study, the consultants have spoken. Train service between cities along the Interstate 93 spine of New Hampshire would lead to new jobs, higher property values and an increase in the percentage of young people who call the state home.
February 4, 2015
Expanding commuter rail from Lowell, Mass. through Nashua to Manchester would trigger an economic boon for the Granite State, creating thousands of new jobs and new homes and significant real estate investment, a two-year federal study on rail and transit options released Tuesday found.
February 4, 2015
Study sees jobs boost with commuter link to Nashua, Manchester, Concord
February 4, 2015
Extending the commuter rail system from Lowell, Mass., to Nashua and downtown Manchester would give New Hampshire the best bang for its buck, according to the Capitol Corridor Rail Study released yesterday.
February 3, 2015
Commuter rail expansion from Boston to Manchester could generate thousands of new jobs, millions of square feet of commercial space, increase property values and deliver hundreds of millions to New Hampshire’s economy
February 3, 2015
Report says at least half of $246M project could be funded with federal money
February 3, 2015
The Capitol Corridor Rail Study released Tuesday recommends bringing commuter rail from Boston to Manchester, a $245.6 million proposal.According to the study’s analysis, the greatest economic benefit would be to offer rail at two stations in Nashua, one in downtown Manchester and one at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.“
December 14, 2014
Pressure is mounting for state government to climb aboard commuter rail. Call it what you wish but The Capitol Corridor – passenger rail travel between Concord, Manchester, Nashua and the rest of the world – is coming.
November 24, 2014
Expanding Boston-bound commuter rail from Lowell, Mass., to Manchester with other stops at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport and two others in Nashua – would be an economic boom for the region – bringing an estimated 5,600 new permanent jobs and 3,600 housing units by 2030, a two-year rail and transit study showed.
November 24, 2014
More than 225 people packed the public hearing room at the Nashua Public Library, stood in the aisles and spilled out into the hallway to hear the findings of rail and transit study, which has been in the works for two years and will be released by mid-December. They included many Nashua residents and elected officials and residents from as far as Manchester, Hollis, Mont Vernon and Londonderry. They were nearly unanimous in their support for rail expansion and urged elected officials and project authors to push for support among lawmakers.
November 24, 2014
One option would be to extend MBTA commuter rail from Lowell, Mass., to Manchester, with stops in downtown Manchester, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport and two in Nashua. That alternative would cost an estimated $246 million in capital costs – of which the federal government typically bears a significant share – and annual operating costs of $11 million a year. It would cost New Hampshire about $10 a year per New Hampshire rider.
November 21, 2014
Commuter rail expansion from Boston to Manchester could generate thousands of new jobs and residential units; provide boost to New Hampshire’s economy
November 21, 2014
Commuter rail from Manchester to Boston would feature four New Hampshire stops and create 5,600 permanent jobs and 3,600 new residential units along the rail corridor by 2030, according to a study’s preliminary findings out Thursday.
November 21, 2014
Preliminary results of the two-year study on the expansion of passenger rail service along the 73-mile stretch from Boston to Concord known as the NH Capitol Corridor are in – and the benefits to New Hampshire’s economy are significant.
November 21, 2014
According to the latest study of the so-called Capital Rail Corridor released last night by the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority running commuter rail from Manchester to Boston would cost $246 million dollars, and attract at least 650,000 riders per year.
November 9, 2014
When people debate whether they are for or against rail, they often default to economics. In the past, rail was cheaper than driving and so people took trains. Today, through mass manufacturing and extensive investments in infrastructure, it is less expensive to drive. As this is unlikely to change any time soon, many end the conversation there. Yet doing so fails to take into account the most important factor: economic productivity.
November 4, 2014
Much of discussion revolved around the New Hampshire Department of Transportation study evaluating opportunities to improve rail services in the state’s central corridor and the cost to build and maintain it.
October 31, 2014
Website will serve as a tool to educate the public, continue dialogue on whether to expand rail from Concord to Boston
October 28, 2014
Final set of transportation alternatives for addressing the challenges along New Hampshire's Capitol Corridor will be discussed Nov. 20 at Nashua Public Library.
October 22, 2014
Van Ostern said he thinks a commuter rail in southern New Hampshire could lead to great things for businesses located in the Granite State.
October 22, 2014
It’s a type of growth that feeds on itself — the more young workers you have, the more companies are interested in locating their operations in that area and the more young people are going to move there
October 21, 2014
Annie Kuster calls on opponent Marilinda Garcia to pledge to stand with her and fight for rail funding in Washington.
October 11, 2014
Weeks before the anticipated release of a $3.7 million commuter rail study, the N.H. Rail and Trail Authority has rolled out a new online campaign.
October 10, 2014
Additional transit options, economic development, access to jobs and retaining young professionals cited as benefits of NH Capitol Corridor rail expansion project
October 1, 2014
Businesses are among the strongest advocates behind a plan now being studied to expand passenger rail from Boston to Manchester as early as 2020.
September 30, 2014
About one-quarter of the region's workers are employed in Massachusetts - more than in all of New Hampshire outside the region.
September 29, 2014
More than eighty-thousand Granite Staters travel to the Bay State for work, a fact that’s been cited as both an economic boon and drawback for New Hampshire.
August 17, 2014
U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster knows that lots of people in Nashua would like to see passenger rail to Boston, and she heard it again Friday morning.
March 26, 2014
City officials on Tuesday were briefed on the progress of a study examining the feasibility of extending passenger rail from Boston to the Queen City and beyond.
March 24, 2012
An independent poll done for the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce found strong support for restoring commuter rail service in New Hampshire even it requires an annual, $15 million subsidy from state taxpayers.