|For Immediate Release
February 21, 2011
Rail Plan Public Outreach
Public Information Office
|Portsmouth Area Residents First to Comment on New State Rail Plan Recommendations
The first public meeting to hear comments on draft recommendations for the future of New Hampshire's rail system is scheduled for Wednesday, February 29th from 6-8 pm at Portsmouth City Hall Chambers. The meeting is an opportunity to learn more about potential plans for the state rail system and comment on these recommendations.
Kit Morgan, administrator of the Rail and Transit Bureau at the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT), is hoping for a good turnout. "The study has shown that rail does have an economic impact in New Hampshire. As we consider how to move forward, it will be very important for us to hear the public's reactions to and opinions on these recommendations."
The public meeting will encourage questions from the public and active discussion on the draft recommendations. The updated Rail Plan will identify rail's role in the regional transportation network and its effect on New Hampshire's current and future economy. The updated Rail Plan will include both freight and passenger rail initiatives.
The NHDOT is updating the New Hampshire State Rail Plan in order to examine existing strengths and weaknesses of the state's rail system and make recommendations for the future. Based on meetings with railroads, shippers and other stakeholders, along with and research on rail freight shipping, the NHDOT's consultants have identified a set of specific recommendations that would improve New Hampshire's rail network and support its economic contributions to the state. Comments from the public can also be made by going to www.nh.gov/dot/org/aerorailtransit/railandtransit/rail-plan.htm.
Material developed to date, including presentations and meeting reports, can be viewed at www.nh.gov/dot/org/aerorailtransit/railandtransit/rail-plan.htm. Questions regarding the meetings and their purpose can be directed to Carol Morris, Rail Plan Public Outreach, at 207-329-6502 or firstname.lastname@example.org.