Funding will advance Capitol Corridor project to extend rail to Southern New Hampshire
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen today announced the New Hampshire Department of Transportation has been awarded $2.24 million to plan the development of passenger rail service from Concord to Boston. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).
"Extending accessible passenger rail service to southern New Hampshire will help attract investment to New Hampshire while reducing congestion on our highways," said Shaheen. "I'm pleased the State will get the support it needs to develop this important project."
The grant will enable the New Hampshire Department of Transportation to plan for the creation and development of the Capitol Corridor project, which would create an easily accessible passenger rail service for more than 500,000 residents of Southern New Hampshire with stops in Concord, Manchester, Nashua, and Boston.
The funding was awarded as part of the FRA's High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Grant Program (HSIPR). Congress provided $2.5 billion for HSIPR as part of the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2010.