CITIZEN VOICES® Strong majority oppose further commuter rail study - 180 participants

Mar 22, 2016

On Thursday, March 10 the New Hampshire House voted against spending $4 million in federal dollars to continue commuter rail studies in southern New Hampshire. Read more about this issue. On March 22, the LFDA decided to put this issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH accept $4 million in federal funds to study implementing a commuter rail?”

Should NH accept federal funds for a commuter rail study?

Commuter Rail Study NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 180 participants gave 382 responses.

A total of 87% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 13% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, the LFDA received 382 responses from 180 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said

No: The majority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 82%, opposed accepting federal funds for a commuter rail study.

  • “There are always strings with government money.”
  • “It's not ‘federal funds’. It's money taken from taxpayers. If it were economically feasible, private companies would be lining up to run it.”
  • “Four million dollars, if allowed, would be better spent fixing potholes and water drainage on I-93.”

Yes: The minority, at 18% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, supported accepting funding for a commuter rail study.

  • "NH would be foolish to pass up federal funds to complete the study.”
  • “Many of us with businesses enjoy the economic development and increased transportation that rail allows.”
  • “As a NH native having to work in Mass for the jobs, I love this idea.”

Other: As noted above, 13% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Debating the viability of commuter rail: “I seriously doubt commuter rail would find many riders in NH.”
  • Questioning the cost of the study: “We can't do our own study for less than that?”
  • Discussing alternate uses for the rail lines: “Take back the paved rail trail/ bicycle trail that should of been multi use to begin with.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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