CITIZEN VOICES® NH divided on repealing Rail Transit Authority - 222 participants

Jan 05, 2017

The Rail Transit Authority was created in 2007 to expand commuter rail opportunities in New Hampshire. The group includes elected officials and members of the public and has so far overseen several studies of expanded commuter rail service. Rep. Neal Kurk is sponsoring a 2017 bill to disband the group. Read more about this issue here. On January 5, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH repeal the Rail Transit Authority?”

Should NH repeal the Rail Transit Authority?

Rail Transit Authority Repeal Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 222 participants gave 699 responses.

A total of 93% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 7% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 222 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 699 responses or reactions to this question. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said

Yes: A slight majority, at 53% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of repealing the Rail Transit Authority.

  • “No matter who is paying for it, it has reached its conclusion that expanded rail in NH is not feasible or profitable.”
  • “Sounds good, but people are not going to be giving up their cars and it will never make enough money to support itself.”
  • “Repeal it. They have been talking about rail service for more than 35 years… and we still have no rail service.”

No:  The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 47%, were opposed to repealing the Rail Transit Authority.

  • “No. The Rail Authority costs tax payers nothing… and provides research on expanding transit. Something this state needs.”
  • “I vote to continue the Rail Transit Authority and to get on with a commuter line up thru NH.”
  • “No. We need more public transportation.”

Other: As noted above, 7% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to broader issues related to rail service in New Hampshire.

  • “They could never build a rail system that ridership doesn't have to be subsidized by taxpayers.”
  • “Why is the railroad allowing rail trails to be constructed by individual towns on the old rail road beds in southern NH?”
  • “Will they still shop here when a sales tax is added to support the rail service?”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

Related Bill

HB 267 (2017)
Bill Status: Signed by Governor
Hearing date: Mar 06, 2018

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