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NH Rail: 'More Than a Ride to Boston'

Rail supporters will like this NECN report.

Adding fuel to the engine driving the push for extending rail to New Hampshire, this report by NECN does a great job of summarizing the history and future of commuter/freight rail.

Featured in this segment are Nashua Board of Alderman Chairman Brian McCarthy and Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce President Chris Williams, who notes that bringing rail to New Hampshire means more than just a ride to Boston, with the possibilities for business expansion through freight lines.

Click here for the link to the 3.5 minute video report.

Mike black January 13, 2013 at 02:44 PM
The train will need triple size seats
Amy Moutenot January 13, 2013 at 03:07 PM
I grew up in New Jersey. It' s crazy to me that Nashua doesn't have a train to Boston.
JimC January 13, 2013 at 04:21 PM
The only thing holding up the train is the demand that non-riding taxpayers subsidize the riders. This push is similar to the Broad Street project, a gigantic money waster for which there is no noticeable demand by the people BEING ASKED TO PAY FOR IT.
Jan Schmidt January 13, 2013 at 04:49 PM
Yes JIm... being asked to be part of something that improves your little world - and in return it pays back in local and state income, in better jobs, in cleaner air, in relieving traffic and thus allowing fewer repair on roads. Did you know that the DownEaster breaks ridership records every year?
James A. Dauphinais January 14, 2013 at 12:29 AM
I 93 and RT 3 can not handle all the traffic into Boston. Rail service is badly needed from Nashua..
R. Scott White January 14, 2013 at 01:23 AM
While the political atmosphere is better than it was 10 years ago (where politicians connected to the truck industry spent millions to sue and stop train service), there are still those who fully agree with the News Flash viewpoint. I have seen the world of Amtrak where they spend a lot more than they gain, but at the same time the Nashua/Boston train connection would most likely be one of the rare Amtrak profit-makers. I am torn on this one. One thing though: I will not support a service that requires a train change at Lowell. No more Newarks are needed in the world of commuter train service.
Seamus Carty January 14, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Why? It is not the old days when people went into downtown to shop as the products they wanted were not available in the suburbs.... The landscape has changed for work as well. Over the past 50 years, more and more jobs are in the suburbs on the 128/95 and 495 beltways.... NJ is different as Manhattan has the jobs and is densely populated....
Seamus Carty January 14, 2013 at 02:54 PM
"being asked to be part of something that improves your little world" Condescending drivel from a state rep (D-Nashua). I don't know about JimC, but neither the Broad Street Parkway nor a train from Nashua to Boston is going to improve anything for me. If the people of Nashua want these things and vote for them and pay for them, that is fine by me...
Seamus Carty January 14, 2013 at 02:56 PM
Really? How many people going down 1-93 or Rt 3 can get to their jobs easily from North Station? It is fine if one works in downtown Boston and can walk to work from North Station, but many of those cars heading south are going to Burlington, Andover, Waltham,etc...
steve forte January 14, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Did you know that the DownEaster breaks ridership records every year? It may break ridership records every yr but it is still operating at a loss. If I sold my product for less then it would cost to deliver it , I too could increase sales every yr. Problem is, without profit there would be no next yr.
steve forte January 14, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Rte 3 in NH can handle it. It cannot in Mass because some moron decided to spend $385 million to add 1 lane in each direction making it obsolete before it was even completed. So the simple solution would be increase parking in Lowell Mass and folks can hop on there.
Seamus Carty January 14, 2013 at 04:52 PM
"So the simple solution would be increase parking in Lowell Mass and folks can hop on there." It would be interesting to determine how many people do not take the Lowell train due to a lack of parking.... I have worked for many companies in MA and have never had a situation where it would make sense to take the train. It would not be practical for getting to Kendall Sq, Alewife, Newton, Waltham, Framingham, Bedford, etc.

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