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Kuster meets with Nashua passenger rail proponents

U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster knows that lots of people in Nashua would like to see passenger rail to Boston, and she heard it again Friday morning.

Kuster hosted a roundtable at Nashua Community College to discuss the possible expansion of passenger rail into New Hampshire and other ways to support transportation around the state. ...

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U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster knows that lots of people in Nashua would like to see passenger rail to Boston, and she heard it again Friday morning.

Kuster hosted a roundtable at Nashua Community College to discuss the possible expansion of passenger rail into New Hampshire and other ways to support transportation around the state.

Participants included Mayor Donnalee Lozeau, Nashua Chamber of Commerce President Chris Williams, state Sens. Bette Lasky and Peggy Gilmour, and representatives from the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development, the Nashua Regional Planning Commission, the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation and Nashua Municipal Airport.

“During today’s roundtable, I was grateful to hear from so many business and community leaders about the importance of maintaining a strong transportation infrastructure to spur economic development and job creation in the region and across the Granite State,” Kuster said in a statement. “New Hampshire can’t lead in the 21st century economy with 20th century infrastructure.”

Kuster is a co-sponsor of the Partnership to Build America Act, bipartisan legislation to leverage private investments to fund an Infrastructure Bank for financing public works projects such as rail. Kuster also introduced the DRIVE Now Act, legislation to help the state fix roads and bridges and support vital construction jobs.

Last year, the New Hampshire Executive Council approved the acceptance of a $3.9 million federal grant for a feasibility study on the costs and benefits of expanded passenger rail in the state. The report is due to state transportation officials by the end of the year.

– Telegraph staff