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Plaistow Commuter Rail Extension

Plaistow Commuter Rail Extension

NHDOT is sponsoring a study to evaluate extending the existing passenger rail service from Boston to Haverhill, Mass. to Plaistow. Currently, the MBTA line makes 10 daily round trips from Boston to Haverhill. Advocates have long sought to provide an alternative from the congested NH 125 corridor for commuters, students, and other travelers to and from Boston.

NHDOT, in cooperation with the towns of Plaistow and Atkinson, as well as the Rockingham Planning Commission, is currently examining alternatives for a new station and a layover facility. As part of the study, which started in August 2013, NHDOT will evaluate environmental impacts, potential ridership, and costs and benefits. NHDOT anticipates completion of the environmental review in 2015. A potential Plaistow rail station would be approximately five miles north of the Haverhill station.

Both the MBTA and the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA), which manages the Downeaster, are participating in the Plaistow study. Pan Am Railways, the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission, and the city of Haverhill are also overseeing the study in advisory roles.

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