House and Senate pass 10 year transportation plan

May 29, 2018
NH highway

On Thursday, May 23 the New Hampshire House and Senate passed HB 2018, the ten-year transportation improvement plan.

About HB 2018

Every two years the Department of Transportation works with Regional Planning Commissions and the Executive Council to draft a ten-year plan for transportation infrastructure improvement, maintenance, and repair. The Legislature revised and approved that plan through HB 2018.

HB 2018 includes the following:

House OKs commuter rail study

Mar 19, 2018
commuter rail

Last Thursday the New Hampshire House approved further study of a commuter rail in southern New Hampshire.

Should more NH towns get on board with public-private commuter rail?

Sep 30, 2017
commuter rail

Nashua’s Mayor recently won initial approval from the Nashua Board of Alderman to form a public-private partnership between the city and a private railroad company. The Boston Surface Railroad Company is already planning to establish a commuter rail line from Bedford, NH to Worcester, MA and Providence, RI. Mayor Jim Donchess wants the trains to stop in Nashua and he has proposed that the city build a train station along the route.

More funds for bridge, road repair?

Sep 26, 2017
road and bridge repair funding

Every two years the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Executive Council, and the governor develop a ten-year plan for transportation infrastructure. Right now they are hosting public hearings on a draft plan.

NH citizens do not support public-private partnerships to fund a NH commuter rail

Aug 23, 2015

Recently, a legislative committee met to study public-private partnerships to fund a NH commuter rail. The Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) decided to put the issue to Facebook members, posing the question,  “Should the state use a public-private partnership to build a commuter rail in southern NH?”

Citizens still opposed to NH commuter rail

Nov 16, 2015

Last month, Executive Councilors Colin Van Ostern and Chris Pappas joined U.S. Rep Ann McLane Kuster to present a funding plan for a southern NH commuter rail. In addition to federal grants and help from the MBTA, the plan would require annual contributions of $3-4 million from the state and $1-3 million from Manchester and Nashua.  After the first year, parking would cost $6/day.  The Live Free or Die Alliance put the plan to Facebook members, asking “Do you support the new commuter rail funding plan proposed by Executive Councilors Pappas and Van Ostern?”

Repeal the Rail Transit Authority?

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. 

Senate kills rail study

May 16, 2016

On Thursday, May 12 the New Hampshire Senate voted against accepting a $4 million federal grant to further study a southern New Hampshire commuter rail.

The funds were originally included in the Ten Year Transportation Improvement Plan proposed by Gov. Maggie Hassan.  The House removed the federal grant from the plan.  Sen. Bette Lasky proposed an amendment to restore the funding to the plan, but the Senate voted 13-11 against the amendment.

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