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Mar 11, 2016 5:04 PM

Questions raised after NH lawmakers strip $4M for rail study

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) - Some business and civic leaders are questioning why New Hampshire lawmakers voted to remove $4 million in federal funding earmarked for a proposed rail expansion.

The House voted Thursday to adopt an amendment that stripped the money from Gov. Maggie Hassan's 10-year transportation bill.

Some legislators felt the money could be better used going to repair bridges and roads.

Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess tells the Nashua Telegraph, the money would've funded an environmental and engineering impact study of Hassan's proposed commuter rail expansion to Nashua, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport and downtown Manchester.

Donchess says the state must conduct the study to be eligible for future federal rail grants.

Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce officials say their members are also disappointed.

The bill now goes to the state Senate.

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