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
Hillsboro Branch Railroad RFP: The New Hampshire DOT is accepting proposals for operation of short line freight rail service on a portion of the Hillsboro Branch railroad line between Wilton and Bennington, NH. A Request for Proposals (RFP) has been prepared by the Department to select a qualified operator. Proposals submitted in response to the RFP will be due no later than 3:00pm on November 21, 2013. Addenda #1 (Questions & Answers) is now available (11/14/13)
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 Funding for State of NH Fiscal Year 2014 (including applications & other pertinent documents for SFY14 and prior years)
- The Public Transportation map was updated with links to all of NH's local/regional service providers! (Aug 2013)
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