Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed a bill that could help pave the way for public-private funding of commuter rail.
Efforts to bring commuter rail from Boston up to Nashua and Manchester hit a snag this year when lawmakers chose not to include $4 million in the capital budget to further study the proposal. Project supporters hope to continue exploring other funding options, including public-private partnerships.
Several Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation this year that creates a committee to study such funding for intermodal transportation projects.
Hassan said Monday that commuter rail from Boston to Nashua and Manchester is an important part of efforts to help keep more young people in New Hampshire and ensure that people and businesses have the full range of modern transportation options that they need.