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The state Department of Transportation has been studying Capitol Corridor rail since at least 2014, when it found a Manchester to Boston commuter rail line “the strongest alternative” for the overcrowded I-93/Route 3 corridor. Offshore wind has been studied since at least 2019 by the state Department of Environmental Services, but we’re still treading water.
Kevin Landrigan, The New Hampshire Union Leader, Manchester
Thu, December 22, 2022 at 4:12 AM EST·3 min read
Dec. 22—CONCORD — The Republican-led Executive Council voted Wednesday to terminate a $5.5 million engineering and financial study on restoring commuter rail service from Boston through Manchester.
Councilor David Wheeler, R-Milford, said stopping the work now would allow the Department of Transportation to divert $1.5 million that remains unspent to other mass transit services.
After the vote, Gov. Chris Sununu said the DOT would receive a report on the work the vendor has done to date. Supporters of the project could use those details to lobby for it to be included in the next 10-year highway plan, he said.
Work on the next highway plan starts with a planning process in the summer of 2023 and culminates in a proposal that Sununu must submit to the Legislature for final action during the 2024 legislative session.
NO EXTENSION FOR MBTA RAIL FOR NASHUA AND MANCHESTER
The council voted down a nine-month extension for a study of extending the MBTA commuter rail line from Lowell, Mass., to Nashua and Manchester.
The $5.4 million federal contract was approved in 2020 and is 72 percent complete, but more time is needed to work with city officials on the rail plan, said William Cass, commissioner of the Department of Transportation who asked for the contract to be extended through September 2023.
Executive Councilor David Wheeler, R-Milford, said, “I think it’s time to pull the plug on this contract. We know that the project won’t pay for itself.”
Sununu said the contract runs through January and that a report is still needed on what was found and perhaps what gaps remain to develop the rail line.
Executive Councilor David Wheeler, R-Milford, said, “I think it’s time to pull the plug on this contract. We know that the project won’t pay for itself.”I love this logic. It's actually brilliant. If we restrict state activities only to those that pay for themselves, NH can reduce all of its taxes to zero!