Rail

The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Commuter Rail To Nashua And Manchester: Economic Driver Or Budget Boondoggle?

The 'Alouette' train at the Manchester, NH station in the forties.
Credit George Lane / Flickr/CC

A new report finds that extending train service from Boston to Manchester could provide big benefits: more jobs, higher property values, and enhancing the state’s overall attractiveness. Still, skeptics doubt the numbers, both in terms of the number of people who would get on board and how much money it would cost.

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NH News
6:00 am
Wed January 14, 2015

For Extending Commuter Rail To N.H., Money Still The Biggest Question

In her inaugural address last week, Governor Maggie Hassan made the push for extending commuter rail from Boston to Nashua and Manchester.

"We must find a consensus way forward on rail that will build on our many advantages and help set the stage for a new generation of economic growth by keeping more of our young people right here in the Granite State," Hassan said. 

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NH News
5:14 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Litigation Is Only Option For Portsmouth In Stalling Newington Propane Expansion

Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  After failing to appeal the Newington Planning Board's decision to approve the propane company Sea-3’s expansion through that city's Zoning Board of Adjustment, a Portsmouth  staff attorney says they will proceed to Superior Court.

In an unusual legal maneuver, the City of Portsmouth filed their appeal in the Superior Court in June.  That appeal was stayed as the city pursued an appeal via Newington's ZBA.

In July, New Hampshire’s congressional delegation requested federal government provide an environmental impacts study. That request was denied on Tuesday.

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NH News
5:08 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Members of Congress Worry Propane Rail Shipments Could Harm Great Bay

  Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte along with Congresswoman Carol-Shea Porter want to take a closer look at the potential environmental impacts of propane rail traffic through the Great Bay Estuary. 

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NH News
12:21 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Newington Approves SEA-3 Propane Expansion; Portsmouth Considers Appeal

Propane storage tanks at SEA-3's facility in Newington
Credit Emily Corwin

  After six months of deliberation, the Newington planning board has approved a controversial proposal to bring up to 12 railcars of propane through the Seacoast each night. 

The company, called SEA-3, wants to transport domestic propane from oil wells in Pennsylvania and elsewhere to the Seacoast, for export by ship.

But neighborhood groups in Portsmouth, Stratham and Greenland have opposed the rail expansion, voicing concerns about moving explosive materials over aging railroad tracks.

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NH News
10:37 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Rail Study Group Expects 3,000 Riders Daily Between Manchester and Boston

Concord to Boston.
courtesy NH DOT and URS Corp

New details released by the Capitol Corridor rail study group during a public hearing Wednesday night point toward higher ridership than expected.


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NH News
5:55 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Executive Council Approves Plaistow Rail Study

On Wednesday the Executive Council authorized a new rail study  — one that examines whether to bring trains to Plaistow.

This study will cost far less than one approved earlier this year, for $3.9 million dollars to look at extending commuter rail from Lowell, Massachusetts to Nashua and then on up to Manchester and Concord.

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The Exchange
4:00 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Resurrecting The Railroad Debate in the Granite State

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.

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