NH Voices: Granite Staters have spoken on rail. It’s time for Republicans to listen.

Recently, nearly a full-page of this paper was dedicated to an admonishment of the strong public support for the expansion of passenger rail from Boston to Nashua and Manchester. This rebuke was prompted by a poll from the Saint Anselm College Survey Center, which illustrated that more than three-quarters of New Hampshire residents support passenger rail expansion. As a long-time businessperson and elected official, I cannot tell you the number of people I encounter — Democrats, Independents and yes, even Republicans — who all support rail expansion. Read more

Majority Of NH Residents Support Rail Expansion From Boston

New Poll Shows 75.5% of NH Residents Support Rail Expansion from Boston

Concord, NH – More than three-quarters of New Hampshire residents support expanding passenger rail from Boston to Nashua and Manchester, according to a recent survey conducted by the Saint Anselm College Survey Center. The poll indicates 75.5% of residents in support of rail, with only 14.5% opposed and 10% with no opinion.

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NH Senate Passes Bill to Fund Passenger Rail Analysis

Today, the New Hampshire State Senate voted to approve Senate Bill 241, which would allow the New Hampshire Department of Transportation to access existing federal funding to complete the critical Project Development Analysis of the NH Capitol Corridor Rail Expansion Project. This phase will provide a detailed analysis of engineering, environmental, and geotechnical aspects, along with a firm financial plan for expanding passenger rail from Boston to Nashua and Manchester.

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The Time for Rail Expansion is Now

Senate Transportation Committee to Hear Testimony on Rail Expansion

On Tuesday, February 5, at 2:00pm in Legislative Office Building Room 103 in Concord, the NH Senate Transportation Committee will hear testimony on Senate Bill 241, which will allow the NH Dept. of Transportation to access existing federal funding to complete the critical Project Development Analysis of the NH Capitol Corridor Rail Expansion Project.
 
Approval of this bill would have zero cost to New Hampshire taxpayers as ample federal funding is available and designated for this type of project.
 

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NH Senate Narrowly Votes Against Funding Commuter Rail Expansion Analysis

Senate members defy support of 110 NH businesses and 74 percent of residents by removing rail funding from House Bill 2018

Concord NH – Late last night, members of the New Hampshire State Senate defied the support of more than 110 New Hampshire businesses and 74 percent of residents by narrowly defeated an effort to authorize $4 million in federal funding to provide an in-depth analysis of the proposed expansion of commuter rail from Boston to Manchester. Read more

NH Senate Transportation Committee Strips Funding for Analysis of Passenger Rail Expansion Project

More than 110 NH businesses and 74 percent of residents support expanding passenger rail from Boston to Nashua and Manchester

Manchester, NH – Despite wide, bipartisan support across the state, from the New Hampshire House of Representatives and Governor Chris Sununu, the New Hampshire Senate Transportation Committee voted yesterday to remove federal funding for a detailed analysis of passenger rail expansion and bus service from Boston to Manchester from House Bill 2018.  

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Rail Funding Could Be Eliminated – Key Vote Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Tuesday April 24, the Senate Transportation Committee could VOTE TO REMOVE $4 million in federal funding from House Bill 2018, thus eliminating the possibility of rail expansion this year.

The following committee members need to hear from you today. They need to understand why funding an in-depth analysis (Project Development) of the expansion of passenger rail from Boston to Manchester is so critical.

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NH House Votes to Fund Analysis of Passenger Rail Expansion Project

 

Manchester, NH – The New Hampshire House of Representatives voted today to designate federal funds to conduct an in-depth financial, engineering and environmental analysis of the proposed passenger rail expansion project from Boston to Manchester. In a 166-160 vote, the House included funding for the project development phase of the rail expansion project in the state’s Ten Year Transportation Improvement Plan, known as House Bill 2018. Read more

House Committee Votes to Fund Buses, Not Rail

On Wednesday, members of the House Public Works & Highways Committee disregarded the voices of 100+ statewide, nonpartisan businesses and 74% of New Hampshire residents by stripping funds in House Bill 2018 dedicated to analyzing the expansion of passenger rail service from Boston to Manchester.

Instead, they approved a last-minute amendment to spend $4 million to fund a study on bus service from Concord to Nashua.
 
Despite this action, NH Business for Rail Expansion will not be deterred and the fight is not over.
 
We need to continue to remind our elected officials that rail could play a vital role in addressing the state’s workforce and demographic challenges.
 
Support for rail expansion is growing by the day. Please do your part by asking 5 business leaders to join www.NHBiz4Rail.com.

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.

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