Nov 22, 2014 7:09 AM

Rail study outlines costs, benefits of expansion

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) - Preliminary results of a transportation study suggest New Hampshire would get more bang for its buck by bringing passenger rail service beyond Nashua to Manchester, but state officials aren't ready to recommend an option.

The state Department of Transportation has been working on the New Hampshire Capitol Corridor Rail and Transit study for nearly two years and is expected to release a final version next month. Preliminary results released Thursday show that expanding Boston commuter rail from Lowell, Massachusetts, to Manchester would cost $246 million in capital costs, attract about 668,000 riders a year and lead to 5,600 new jobs by 2030. Extending only to Nashua would cost $120 million, while continuing on to Concord would cost $256 million.

Officials say more debate and discussion is needed.


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