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Bureau of Rail and TransitWelcome to the Bureau of Rail & Transit!

The Bureau of Rail & Transit manages state-owned railroad properties, provides rail safety inspections, and manages public transportation programs.


Michelle "Shelley" Winters
Administrator, Rail & Transit

The Bureau of Rail & Transit is comprised of the following two sections:

Railroads | Public Transportation (Direct link to grants info) | Bicycle & Pedestrian (part of Highway Design effective 02/15/19)

  • NH State Rail Trails Plan Project Website
    • Plan is currently in development. Visit the project website for more information
    • Upcoming NH Rail Trails Plan Stakeholder Advisory Committee meeting #5
      • 03/01/2022 @ 10am (Virtual meeting held via Zoom Webinar)
        • Please click on this link to join the webinar:
        • Passcode: 665570
        • Join via telephone: US: +1 312 626 6799  or +1 646 558 8656  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 720 707 2699  or +1 253 215 8782
          • Webinar ID: 897 9277 1288
        • Note: The meeting/webinar is open to the public to observe, but is a working group meeting with no planned public participation. All Committee members will be elevated to a panelist status (to allow use of video and to speak during the meeting), but all other attendees will remain in listen-only mode unless temporarily elevated by the meeting host.

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 rail-related projects, studies & solicitations:

Information on previous rail-related projects, studies, etc.

  • NH Capitol Corridor
    • 2021 Nashua - Manchester Project Development Phase
      • NHDOT has engaged the services of a consultant team, led by AECOM Technical Services, that will include preliminary engineering, environmental assessment, financial plan development, public involvement services, and preliminary design to meet the requirements of the FTA Section 5309 Capital Investment Grant Program Project Development/Engineering phase for the extension of MBTA commuter rail services from Lowell, MA to Nashua and Manchester, NH.
      2014 Capitol Corridor Rail & Transit Alternatives Analysis information, including the Final Report.
      • 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.

Public Transportation: The public transportation program includes federal grants for transit operations, capital improvements, planning, technical assistance and training.

Bicycle and Pedestrian: This program assists individuals, communities and groups to improve opportunities for non-motorized travel. (Please note effective 02/15/19 the Bicycle & Pedestrian Section has moved to the Bureau of Highway Design and the point of contact is Nick Sanders or 603-271-1668)

State Bicycle Maps are available.

Ridesharing: Online ridematching software will assist those who wish to carpool and information about the state's park & ride lots can be found for transit users, carpools and vanpools.

Bureau Projects: Information on recent & noteworthy projects

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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