Nov. 20 public meeting in Nashua to focus on future of NH rail/bus transportation

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Public meeting Nov. 20 in Nashua.
Public meeting Nov. 20 in Nashua.

NASHUA, NH – A public meeting seeking input on how to improve bus and rail transportation in New Hampshire will be held Nov. 20 at the Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., from 7-8:30 p.m.

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) is putting the final touches on a set of transportation alternatives for solving transportation challenges that involve transit (bus and rail) and intercity rail options in the 73-mile corridor between Boston, Mass., and Concord, NH.

This meeting will also provide the public with an opportunity to consider issues and concerns in the Environmental Assessment that is being prepared as part of the alternatives  analysis.

The NHDOT is evaluating transit improvements through a study jointly funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the  Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), which was approved by New Hampshire’s Executive  Council in February 2013.

The study is an “alternatives analysis” with an Environmental Assessment that will examine rail and bus transit options, as well as intercity rail alternatives addressing transportation, economic development, sustainability, quality of life and environmental issues along the I-93  and Everett Turnpike corridors between Concord and Nashua with connections to Boston.

Increasing transportation demand and growing concerns about mobility, economic development, and quality of life have led citizens and officials in New Hampshire and Massachusetts to explore options to improve transit service between southern New Hampshire  and Boston. This study is evaluating a diverse set of rail and bus options for improving  transportation using the existing rail line, US Route 3 and Interstate 93.

Click here to go to the NHRTA site to do some homework before the meeting. There won’t be a quiz, but this is a great chance to be part of the transportation solution.

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