Nashua Transit in line for state funding

Money would go for extra service on busy routes

Staff photo by Damien Fisher All Nashua busses begin and end their service routes at the nashua Transit Center on Elm Street behind City Hall.

NASHUA – The Nashua Transit System is set to receive more than $200,000 in state funding to keep the busiest bus routes in the city running every half hour.

There is $213,000 in the state budget set aside for the city’s transit system, coming through the Department of Health and Human Services. The aim is to increase the ability of people in New Hampshire to get to and from work using public transportation.

“We’re trying to have frequent bus access so people can get to job sites,” said Camille Pattison, of the Nashua Transit Authority.

Pattison said the focus is on the routes going down Amherst Street and Daniel Webster Highway. This service goes by numerous office parks and many retail stores. Having service run every half hour allows people to get to work, she said.

The service also runs late, to about 10:30 p.m., which Pattison said is important for people who work.

“People can work in retail and still be able to get home at night,” she said.

The funding must be approved by the Board of Aldermen, but Pattison said the transit system has been getting such funds since 2008. The funding has allowed the city to add routes and run night and Saturday services in past years. The city currently has 10 fixed bus routes.