BRA believes a commuter rail ‘study’ is not needed because commuter rail is not needed nor is it wanted.
Dick Lemieux of Concord is a retired highway engineer and transportation planner who has been an observer of transportation policy for almost 50 years, including 33 years New Hampshire. This is what he thinks of commuter rail for NH.
“There is no plan to tax train passengers for rail service. To the contrary, both ticket revenue and operating subsidies would flow south to the MBTA in Boston. New Hampshire residents would hold the bag for both capital bond payments and never ending operating subsidies.
In short, roads are vital to New Hampshire’s economy; rail is inconsequential. Roads matter; rail doesn’t. The law of large proportions suggests that a tax dollar spent on highways would yield far greater public benefits than a dollar spent on rail.”