New Hampshire Republicans plan to kill commuter line

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CONCORD, N.H. — Republicans in New Hampshire’s legislature have proposed shutting down what they call a “senseless” commuter rail line into the state, the Nashua Telegraph has reported. The plan would extend Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s Lowell Line from Lowell, Mass., to Nashua, N.H.

“If it made sense, the private sector would do it,” said Rep. Donald McGuire, R-Epsom, author of the bill to shut down the extension. McGuire’s bill would repeal the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority, which the legislature created four years ago with bipartisan support from Nashua-area legislators.

Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau noted the state is expecting a $4.1 million planning grant for the line, and it’ll lose that if McGuire’s bill passes. “I think it is shortsighted of us not to complete our look and look at all options regarding rail,” she said.
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