Welcome to the Bureau of Rail & Transit!
The Bureau of Rail & Transit manages state-owned railroad properties, provides rail safety inspections, and manages public transportation and bicycle and pedestrian transportation.
Michelle "Shelley" Winters
Administrator, Rail & Transit
The Bureau of Rail & Transit is comprised of the following three sections:
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 an updated State Rail Plan in June 2012.
Recent or current rail-related projects include are listed below:
- Northeast Passenger Rail Summit presentation(held on 10/19/15)
- Mountain Division & Conway Branch Railroad Line: RFP and RFI information
- NH Capitol Corridor: project website is temporarily unavailable, but the Final Report is still available.
- The project included a 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 took a multimodal, systems-wide approach in the development of a menu of alternatives that were provided for review and consideration for the public and policymakers.
- The New Hampshire Department of Transportation continues to work closely with the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority on passenger rail issues in New Hampshire.
- Plaistow Commuter Rail Extension Study
- 2015 Class III and Cog Railroad Revolving Loan Funds
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 2018 (including applications & other pertinent documents for SFY18 and prior years)
- NHDOT's Draft Update of its State Management Plan -- NHDOT announces a proposed draft update of its State Management Plan, which is an FTA requirement that provides the framework by which NHDOT will administer grants to its FTA Section 5311, 5310, and 5339 subrecipients. NHDOT welcomes any comments to the proposed changes. Please direct any comments or questions to Fred Butler, Public Transportation Administrator, at email@example.com. The proposed update can be found here: April 2017 Draft State Management Plan. The comment period will remain open until April 21, 2017.
- NHDOT's Initial Targets & Methodologyrelated to Transit Asset Management. On July 26th 2016 the Federal Transit Administration published the final rule on Transit Asset Management (49 CFR Part 625). The rule requires targets for Transit Assets to be developed by January 1st 2017 for the following fiscal year.The targets deal with 4 broad areas of interest/asset categories; Equipment, Rolling Stock, Infrastructure, and Facilities. As a sponsor of a Tier 2 plan the Department of Transportation (NHDOT) will develop targets for all 5310 and 5311 subrecipients in New Hampshire.
- Map of NH Transit Services with contact info
- STATE COORDINATING COUNCIL FOR COMMUNITY TRANSPORTATION (SCC) information
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 recent & noteworthy projects