May 29, 2015 5:04 PM
Supporters of commuter rail not deterred by Senate vote
The Associated Press
CONCORD — Supporters of a plan to bring commuter rail from Boston into New Hampshire say their efforts are not dead despite the Republican-led Senate's decision not to fund the next stage of process.
The Senate's capital budget proposal does not include $4 million for an engineering and environmental impact study of rail — money that was included in Gov. Maggie Hassan's plan. Republicans question the economic benefits and do not want the state to subsidize rail. Democrats, meanwhile, say bringing rail into the state is crucial for economic development and attracting young people.
Michael Izbicki, chair of the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority, says he plans to press forward and explore a public-private partnership to fund the project. The Nashua and Manchester chambers of commerce support the rail project.