New route for Nashua Transit is on the way

NASHUA – The Nashua Transit System’s Downtown Connector was accepted at this week’s Board of Aldermen meeting, a system expected to ease parking issues for two of the city’s largest employers.

The board unanimously accepted R-18-069, authorizing the city to enter into a contract with BAE Systems for transit services, which will run from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. Stops will be scheduled for 30-minute intervals, although the stops could be adapted to 15-minutes during peak hours of 8-10 a.m.

“We have a lot of Southern New Hampshire Medical Center and BAE parking issues, and so you know, if you get there and park, you might not actually leave and go to lunch or run errands in downtown because you will never find a parking space later in the day,” Nashua Community Development Director Sarah Marchant said. “So, we’re hoping, by adding these bus stops in this quick rotating loop, that it also encourages people to eat and shop and run errands in the downtown area, as well.”

Marchant said the Downtown Connector route will start Oct. 1. It will also offer stops at both downtown parking garages.

Also, board members accepted R-18-070, authorizing the acceptance of a license from BAE for land located on the corner of Canal Street and Nashua Drive for a bus shelter. According to documents submitted to the city, BAE aims to use some of the spaces at the Crown Street park-and-ride to help accommodate its parking needs. At the same time, the connector bus will be running from the Crown Street lot to the new Canal Street bus shelter.

City officials will install and construct the shelter, but BAE will bear the responsibility of maintaining it with trash and snow removal. Marchant said the city hopes to get the bus shelter installed as soon as possible.

Planned service locations for the Downtown Connector are:

Crown Street park-and-ride,

BAE Systems,

Margaritas Mexican Restaurant,

Businesses along Main Street,

Both the High Street and Elm Street parking garages,

Southern New Hampshire Medical Center,

Hillsborough County Superior Court-South,

the downtown post office, and

the Nashua Public Library.

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