More than 100 Businesses Express Support for Passenger Rail Expansion

New Hampshire Business for Rail Expansion urges House Public Works & Highways Committee to support funding for passenger rail expansion analysis

Manchester, NH – The list of New Hampshire businesses in support of passenger rail expansion from Boston to Manchester has grown to more than 100, according to the statewide, nonpartisan New Hampshire Business for Rail Expansion coalition. The organization is calling on the New Hampshire House Public Works & Highways Committee to support $4 million in funding in House Bill 2018 designated for an in-depth analysis of the passenger rail expansion project. The Committee vote is scheduled for this week.

“Business leaders from across New Hampshire are calling on our elected officials to take a closer look at the benefits passenger rail could provide,” said New Hampshire Business for Rail Expansion spokesman E.J. Powers. “Our coalition, representing a range of large and small businesses across multiple industries, are acutely aware of New Hampshire’s workforce and demographic challenges and believe rail expansion could be part of the solution. It is time for our legislators to hear the desires of the business community and act.”

The Governor’s Advisory Commission on Intermodal Transportation (GACIT) included the $4 million cost for the Project Development analysis in the state’s Ten Year Transportation Improvement Plan, which is House Bill 2018. The $4 million would be covered entirely through federal grants, and would provide a detailed analysis of engineering, environmental, and geotechnical aspects, along with a firm financial plan for expanding passenger rail from Boston to Manchester.

Governor Sununu expressed his support for this funding saying that “I think the time is right and I’m hopeful we can get it through the legislature.”

“New Hampshire has an opportunity to leverage federal dollars to obtain a wealth of information that will enable policymakers to make an informed decision whether to proceed with this project,” continued Powers. “This analysis will not cost New Hampshire taxpayers a dime nor will it commit the state to funding rail expansion in the future. However it would provide a blueprint that the state could use to draw private investment, further reducing costs.”

In addition to businesses listed below, more than 165 individuals have signed New Hampshire Business for Rail Expansion’s petition to bring passenger rail to Manchester:

36 Creative


Anagnost Companies

Auto Auction of New England


Bank of New England

Barre Life

Battle Games

Beacon Building

Brady Sullivan Properties

BrickRiver Technologies

Brookstone Builders

Café La Reine

Campo Enoteca

Catholic Medical Center

CCA Global Partners

Citizens Bank

Clifford Construction

Coco Early Real Estate

Cookson Strategic Communications

Currier Museum of Art

Dancing Lion Chocolate

Derryfield School


DeStefano Architects

Eckman Construction

ELC Outdoors

Elm Grove Companies

FairPoint Communications

Fay’s Fine Cabinetry


FortCycle, LLC

Fortitude Health and Training

Freedom Energy Logistics

Gamache Real Estate Group

Garrison Hill Florists

Gottesman & Hollis

Great Island Inn

Great NH Restaurants

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

GreenBike Smoothies, LLC

H&M Metals, LLC

Homeschooling Horizons, Inc.


Ideabenders, LLC

Intown Manchester

J. Ellen Design, LLC

Jupiter Hall

Kanteres Real Estate

Keller Williams Agent Paul Laflamme

Kelley Stelling Contemporary

La Carreta – Londonderry & Derry

Lambert and Associates – Senator Gary Lambert

LG Strategies

Live Free & Start

M.R. Hilbert Electrical Inspections & Training

Manchester Ink Link

Manchester-Boston Regional Airport

Marzen Group

Mayor Joyce Craig – City of Manchester

McMahon & Wright Group – Wells Fargo Advisors

MERC Sales


Mint Bistro

Montagne Communications

New Hampshire High Tech Council

New Hampshire Railroad Revitalization Association 

New Sky Productions

NH Institute of Art

NH Sierra Club

Northwestern Mutual

Old Port Properties

Oracle + DYN

Parallel Wireless

Paul Bergeron and Associates

Persian Rug Gallery



Primary Strategies

Pro Drone, LLC

Puritan Backroom & Conference Center

Queen City Cupcakes

Raceway Electric LLC

Randy Turmel and Associates

Reach Communications

Red Arrow Diner

Remove Web Workplace, LLC

Republic Café

Robie’s Country Store

Saint Anselm College

Schall Creative


Simchik Planning & Development

Solomon Consulting

Soujourn Partners

Southern New Hampshire University

St. Mary’s Bank

Tangled Roots Herbal, LLC

The Bookery

The Cerato Group

The Lannan Company

Unique and Chic Designs

University of New Hampshire

Volvo of Exeter

Ward Properties

The NH Capitol Corridor Study, which was released in 2015, detailed the benefits of rail expansion, while outlining a recommendation to establish four stops, two in Nashua and two in Manchester. Along with creating 3,600 permanent jobs, the Capitol Corridor Study revealed that rail expansion would deliver the following economic benefits:

  • 230 new jobs to construct the rail line
  • 3,400 construction jobs to build the real estate development triggered by rail
  • 1,700 new jobs every year beginning in 2030
  • 3,600 residential units to support new workers
  • 9 million square feet of commercial real estate as a by-product of rail expansion
  • $750 million in real estate investment from 2021-2030, with $220 million in reinvested worker earnings.

A 2015 Public Policy Poll indicated 74-percent of New Hampshire residents support passenger rail expansion. For more information and to sign the petition, please visit