Senate Nixes Funding For Commuter Rail Study

May 21, 2015

The Senate Capital Budget Committee voted along party lines on Thursday to not spend $4 million to study building a commuter rail from Boston to New Hampshire.

Democrats proposed the measure, which Governor Maggie Hassan included the money in her state budget, saying a rail would boost the state’s economy.

But Senator David Boutin, who is the vice chair of the committee, says what it would cost to build and maintain a rail system would not justify the economic gains.

“The Federal Transit Administration published reports that said if you think economic development will result from a new commuter rail, you need to revisit the issue because it is not the end result,” he told his colleagues. 

Boutin says creating more bus lines would be a more cost-effective solution to the state’s transportation shortfalls.