Operating and capital costs for the Manchester Transit Authority (MTA), who operate fixed-route and ADA para-transit bus services in the greater Manchester area, are administered through the Transportation Improvement Program of the SNHPC. In addition, the SNHPC provides planning services to the MTA and conducts short and long-range transit planning activities as included in the Unified Planning Work Program.
The Cooperative Alliance for Regional Transportation (CART) is a curb-to-curb transportation system serving a seven-town Greater Derry-Salem service area, including Chester, Derry and Londonderry in the SNHPC region. CART works with multiple agencies in the Greater Derry-Salem region to coordinate scheduling and dispatching of rides, pooling of transportation resources and accessing Federal transportation funding. CART is a designated recipient of FTA Urbanized Area 5307 funds. SNHPC provides planning services to CART and conducts short and long-range transit planning activities as included in the Unified Planning Work Program.
In spring 2011, an agreement between the MBTA and Pan Am Railways to enable track rights to provide future passenger service to New Hampshire was approved by the MassDOT Board of Directors. This agreement would allow for an extension of MBRA Commuter Rail service from Lowell, MA to Concord, NH through Nashua and Manchester. It is anticipated that such a project would ultimately be sponsored and funded by the State of New Hampshire. Additionally, NHDOT has succesfully secured Federal funding that will allow New Hampshire to comprehensively study the feasibility, costs, and benefits of expanding passenger rail service. A major portion of this work will involve the alternatives analyses required to complete the environmental permitting process required to implement the service.
Future steps in the development of passenger rail service include securing Federal Railroad Administration funding for preliminary engineering, finalizing required operating agreements, securing capital and operating funding, and pursuing public-privated paretnerships for station development. The NHRTA is also committed to continuing to work with the State and Federal legislators and local businesses and residents to discuss the economic and quality of life benefits of passenger rail.
Concord-Manchester Transit Service Feasibility Study