There are 459 miles of active railroad in New Hampshire. The state is the largest railroad owner with over 200 miles of active line, purchased to preserve freight service to industry or promote tourism and economic development. Nine freight railroads operate in the state, and freight volumes have increased over the past several years. The short line and regional railroads that operate in New Hampshire provide an economical alternative to shippers, especially for heavy bulk commodities. Freight volume has been increasing dramatically across the country, and railroads can relieve highway congestion.
REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS (RFPs)
Hillsboro Branch Railroad Line: The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) 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. The RFP outlines the requirements, selection process, and documentation necessary to submit a proposal. Proposals submitted in response to the RFP will be due no later than 3:00 pm on November 21, 2013.
NOTE: Item #4 is an Addenda to the RFP containing Questions & Answers and a few slight changes to items within the RFP.
- RFP Document
- Draft Operating Agreement
- NHDOT Railroad Incident Notification
- ADDENDA #1 (Questions & Answers) Posted 11/14/2013
RECENT GRANT APPLICATIONS
- NH Northcoast Railroad TIGER V Grant Documents: Narrative l Benefit-Cost Analysis l Letters of Support
Passenger rail service in New Hampshire is provided by the Amtrak Downeaster (Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority), with stops in Dover, Durham, and Exeter, and the Vermonter, with a stop at Claremont Junction as well as Vermont communities in the Connecticut Valley.
In 2007, Governor John Lynch signed legislation creating the NH Rail Transit Authority, which is overseeing the development of passenger rail in New Hampshire.
Tourist excursion railroads also make an important contribution to the state's rail infrastructure, keeping the state-owned lines open and maintained and playing a key role in the tourism industry.
The state also owns about 300 miles of abandoned railroad corridors, purchased to preserve them for future transportation use. Most of these are used as recreation trails under the management of the Department of Resources and Economic Development, Bureau of Trails.
Information on the state's management of its railroad properties is available for landowners, surveyors and others conducting research on railroad properties. Contact the Bureau at Bureau66@dot.state.nh.us to receive information on available electronic maps of the railroad corridors or information on the procedures for crossings, leases or other property management questions.
The Bureau's Links include railroad companies and organizations that can provide more information on railroads. Documents available on our site include State Rail Map and the 2001 State Rail Plan, and well as other studies.