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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):

  • Public Informational Meeting #3: Tuesday, February 24th @ 7pm @ Plaistow Town Hall (145 Main Street)
    • Agenda topics include: Review of Draft Recommended Alternative for Layover Facility & Rail Station, Cost & Ridership Estimates, Noise & Vibration Analysis, and Land Use Impact/Benefits
      • Note: This meeting was postponed twice due to weather (and weather-related clean-up and safety concerns); it is the intention of the Project Team to hold this meeting as currently re-scheduled (on February 24th) as long as it is safe to do so. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
    • Handout for Public Information Meeting(posted on 02/17/2015)
    • Summary Alternatives Analysis with Recommended Alternative(posted on 02/17/2015)
    • Presentation (posted 02/25/2015)
    • Frequently Asked Questions (posted 02/25/2015)
  • Project Advisory Committee Meeting #8: Tentatively planned for mid March 2015
    • Review of Environmental Assessment, which includes Recommended Alternative for Layover Facility & Rail Station and any proposed mitigation
  • Environmental Assessment Public Hearing: Tentatively planned for mid to late March 2015
    • Review of Environmental Assessment, which includes Recommended Alternative for Layover Facility & Rail Station and any proposed mitigation

Note: 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.

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  • 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)



Public Informational Meeting #1 was held on May 22, 2014 @ 7pm @ Plaistow Town Hall

A Project Listening Session was held on Thursday, August 22, 2013 @ 7pm at Plaistow Town Hall

If you have QUESTIONS or COMMENTS about this study, please email

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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