At 6:15 every morning, Christine Suchecki leaves her house in Windham, NH, and spends the next hour and twenty minutes driving almost 40 miles to her job as a nurse in Boston. Her husband drives in a similar direction, to Waltham, MA. “We just look at it as either you’re going to pay financially in your proximity to the city, or with time in your commute,” Suchecki says.
New Hampshire is looking at whether to accept federal funds to once again study whether passenger and freight trains make sense for the state. But many of the same concerns are coming up again: that New Hampshire doesn’t have enough people who would ride the rails to justify the enormous cost. We'll revisit this debate.