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nhThe effort to use federal money to initiate an in-depth study of commuter rail service between Manchester and Boston has been defeated.

From Kevin Landrigan of the New Hampshire Union Leader:

"On Wednesday, the House Public Works and Highways Committee voted along party lines to strike a $4 million grant for commuter rail from the proposed 10-year highway program.

Gov. Sununu requested the grant since it was a critical part of the state’s application to try to lure Amazon to locate its second national headquarters here.

After the state was bounced from that competition, leading GOP legislators said Sununu told them he “wouldn’t lose sleep” if the House took it out."

Mr. Landrigan concludes, "One thing is for certain; supporters won’t be giving up and they’ve put together a broad cross-section of businesses that are on board with this request."

Passenger rail service in NH remains the domain of the State of Maine - the Downeaster!