Welcome to the Bureau of Rail and Transit!
The Bureau of Rail and Transit manages state-owned railroad properties, provides rail safety inspections, and manages public transportation, bicycle and pedestrian transportation, and ridesharing programs.
Michelle "Shelley" Winters
Administrator, Rail and Transit
The Bureau of Rail & Transit is comprised of the following three sections. Please click on a link below for section-specific info:
Mountain Division Railroad Line & Conway Branch Railroad Line Request for Expressions of Interest:
The New Hampshire Department of Transportation ("Department"), through the Bureau of Rail & Transit, is seeking expressions of interest from entities ("Respondents") that are interested in operating passenger or freight rail services on the State-owned Mountain Division Railroad Line (between Mile Post P51.13 in Conway at the Maine Border to Mile Post P111.57 in Lunenburg, Vermont) and/or the State-owned portions of the Conway Branch Railroad Line (between Mile Post B111.0 in Ossipee to Mile Post B132.35 at the Conway Town Line). The remainder of the Conway Branch Railroad Line is owned by NH Northcoast to the south and Conway Scenic Railroad to the north. The Request for Expressions of Interest, and any corresponding documents, is provided below:
- Mountain Division Railroad and Conway Branch Railroad Line: Request for Expressions of Interest
- Conway Branch Railroad Line Feasibility Study (June 30, 2004)
- State of NH's deed for the Conway Branch (includes Boston & Maine Corporation’s perpetual exclusive freight rail transportation easement)
- Map of Mtn Division Railroad & Conway Branch Railroad Line (posted on 02/10/15)
- Addenda #1: Questions & Answers (posted on 02/10/15)
The NH Capitol Corridor project now has its own website! Here's the link: NH Capitol Corridor Rail and Transit Study.
- The project will include an study of potential rail and bus transit investments in the NH Capitol corridor, which connects the major population centers of New Hampshire to metropolitan Boston, and the development of a service development plan and related documents for intercity passenger rail between Boston, MA and Concord, NH. This study will be taking a mutlimodal, systems-wide approach in the development of the alternatives that will be considered.
Find information on the Plaistow Commuter Rail Extension Study
Railroads: The railroad programs include track inspection and safety investigation in cooperation with the Federal Railroad Administration, a revolving loan program for railroads, a dedicated railroad fund for improvements to state-owned rail lines, and acquisition and preservation of railroad corridors for future use. The Department completed work on a new State Rail Plan in June 2012. Information on public meetings held for the Rail Plan can also be found on the website for the New Hampshire State Rail Plan.
Other current projects include replacement of ties and drainage improvements on the state-owned rail lines. The New Hampshire Department of Transportation is working closely with The New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority on expanding passenger rail service in New Hampshire.
Public Transportation: The public transportation program includes federal grants for transit operations, capital improvements, planning, technical assistance and training.
- FTA GRANT & FUNDING INFO for State of NH Fiscal Year 2016 (including applications & other pertinent documents for SFY16 and prior years)
- List of Transit Services in NH w/ contact info & map
Bicycle and Pedestrian: This program assists individuals, communities and groups to improve opportunities for non-motorized travel.
State Bicycle Maps are available.
Bureau Projects: Information on current projects