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The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) is undertaking a study of alternatives for a potential extension of MBTA commuter rail service from Haverhill, MA to the Plaistow, NH area. The study, which will be conducted by the Department in partnership with Plaistow, Atkinson, and the Rockingham Planning Commission, will examine potential alternatives for a train station and layover facility, and their resultant impacts, including cost-benefit analysis and ridership projections. The NHDOT has engaged a team of design and planning professionals, led by HDR Engineering, to identify possible sites, develop design concepts, and analyze their potential impacts.

UPCOMING PROJECT MEETINGS (final time, specific date & location will be updated as scheduled):
Project Advisory Committee (PAC) meetings will only allow public comment at the start of the meeting and then will become working group meetings that will only allow discussions to occur between PAC members, NHDOT staff, and the consulting team.

  • Public Information Meeting #1: Planned to for mid-April to mid-May, final date to be determined (Plaistow Town Hall)
  • Project Advisory Committee Meeting #4: Planned for week of July 28th
  • Public Informational Meeting #2: Planned for week of September 15th
  • Project Advisory Committee Meeting #5: Planned for week of October 6th
  • Public Informational Meeting #3: Planned for week of November 10th
  • Project Advisory Committee Meeting #6: Planned for week of March 23, 2015
  • Environmental Assessment Public Hearing: Planned for week of April 6, 2015

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PROJECT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (PAC) MEMBERS:

  • Town of Plaistow – Sean Fitzgerald; (Alternate: Tim Moore)
  • Town of Atkinson – David Harrigan; (Alternate: Robert Clark)
  • Rockingham Planning Comm. - Cliff Sinnott; (Alternate: Scott Bogle)
  • Merrimack Valley Planning Comm. – Todd Fontanella
  • Pan Am Railways – Cynthia S. Scarano
  • Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority – Patricia Quinn; (Alternate: Jim Russell)
  • Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority – Joe Cosgrove; (Alternate: Ron Morgan)
  • City of Haverhill - Invited (no representative named yet)

PREVIOUSLY HELD PROJECT MEETINGS

  • Project Advisory Committee Meeting #3: Planned for April 3rd (held at Atkinson Town Hall # 2 p.m.)
  • Project Advisory Committee Meeting #2 was held on Thursday, March 6, 2014 @ 2pm @ Plaistow Town Hall (145 Main Street, Plaistow, NH 03865)
  • Plaistow Commuter Rail Extension Study Project Advisory Committee (PAC) Meeting #1 was held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at Plaistow Town Hall (145 Main Street, Plaistow, NH 03865). Representatives from stakeholder agencies were invited to participate as PAC members. Items discussed at the meeting included the study overview, timeline, draft purpose & need statement, and upcoming schedules and deliverables. This working group meeting was open to the general public and allowed limited public participation.
  • Minutes of Project Advisory Committee Meeting #1
    • Note: Subsequent PAC meetings will only allow public comment at the start of the meeting and then will become working group meetings that will only allow discussions to occur between PAC members, NHDOT staff, and the consulting team.
  • A Project Listening Session was held on Thursday, August 22, 2013 @ 7pm at Plaistow Town Hall (145 Main Street, Plaistow, NH). If you have questions about this study, please email PlaistowStudy@dot.state.nh.us
    Note: This email address will be checked regularly and an updated Questions & Answers document will be posted on this website to respond to inquiries.




New Hampshire Department of Transportation
PO Box 483 | 7 Hazen Drive | Concord, NH | 03302-0483
Tel: 603.271-3734 | Fax: 603.271.3914

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