Passenger Rail … one more transportation alternative for NH 1/10 Rail in New England The New England States Have a Vision for Rail NH Rail Transit Authority Background NHRTA Established………………………..July 2007 $75 M Limit Liability Cap Becomes Law….......2008
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… one more transportation alternative for NH
The New England States Have a Vision for Rail
NHRTA Board Meets Monthly
Develop and provide commuter and passenger rail and
related public rail transportation services in New Hampshire.
Develop and implement comprehensive, coordinated and prioritized project and funding plans for passenger rail services that provide New Hampshire citizens:
Lowell MA to Concord NH ( 73 miles)
Five round trips a day
Estimated Annual Ridership
One Way Trips…………………………440,000
- Estimated Capital Costs $300 Million
Estimated Capital Costs………..$300 Million
Benefit Cost Ratio 1.28…..28% Return
(Stations, P3 Agreements, Operating Agreements
w/Amtrak, MBTA, EOT, etc.)
A study in February 2005 found that $15 million of economic activities could annually be attributed to the Downeaster rail service.
Amtrak spent over $2.5 million on goods and services in Rhode Island during Fiscal Year 2008.
Amtrak spent over $28 million on goods and services in MA during Fiscal Year 2008.
UNH Survey throughout NH – Feb 2007
“Re-establishing rail in New Hampshire is critical to our future economic growth as a state. It will help protect the environment and improve the overall quality of life in our state. That is why it is important we work together and take the necessary steps to bring commuter rail back to New Hampshire.”
Governor John Lynch
“The City of Nashua recognizes the importance of all modes of transportation to the economic viability of New Hampshire and New England. Freight and passenger rail transportation are key components to a comprehensive transportation system for the City, the State and New England.”
Donnalee Lozeau Mayor
“The State of New Hampshire needs to explore the potential of, and provide for, an effective mechanism for developing additional rail service to reduce the State’s dependency on the highway system.”
Thomas Aspell City Manager
“Rail service will make the Nashua region even more competitive in attracting today’s businesses. Nashua already has a highly educated and skilled workforce, strong broadband capabilities, a solid infrastructure and a friendly tax structure. The introduction of commuter rail is the final piece that ties Nashua even closer to the Greater Boston market while retaining New Hampshire’s quality of life.”
Chris Williams President and CEO
Robin Comstock President and CEO
“We feel here in Manchester that we have a lot of assets that we can offer prospective business owners, but the one thing that we are missing right now is multi-modal transportation. We have the airport and we have the highways, but we need the train to come in and really complete the puzzle.”
Mark Brewer Airport Director
Passenger Rail Service is Vital to the Growth of the Airport
Real & Coming Soon …..
Thank you for your time & continued support of the NH Capitol Corridor & Passenger Rail in NH and New England
Interim Executive Director
NH Rail Transit Authority