by Steve MacDonald December 31, 2016

LSR 2017-0950 from State Senator Bette Lasky requests “a general fund appropriation for continued project development for the capital rail corridor.” She wants money for another rail study. We’ve had more of those than I care to count. But Lasky represents Nashua, and Nashua wants someone to pay for another rail study. And Lasky is a Democrat. And […]

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Railing Away…

by Steve MacDonald March 23, 2016
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The NH Heroin Train from Marxachusetts, Commuter Fail, Trump vs. Kelly, and Hobby News vs. the real deal.

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What if Mass Transit Does NOT Save…Anything?

by Steve MacDonald February 29, 2016
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The assumption sold by planners and their mass-transit water carriers is that publicly funded public transportation is a public good. They still tell that tale, but now the emphasis is on how public transportation is essential to saving the planet. Mass transit makes for a better environment. But does it?

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NH Executive Council Votes To Explore Boondoggle

by Steve MacDonald February 7, 2013

The Executive Council, by a vote of 4-1, has approved a 3.7 million dollar feasibility study–all three Democrats and sometime Republican Ray Burton voted to approve the expense. “Expanded rail service to Nashua and beyond has the potential to boost New Hampshire’s economy and create jobs. The only way we can understand the full impact […]

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Commuter Rail in NH Is a Fools Errand

by Steve MacDonald February 5, 2013

I don’t typically link to the Concord Fish Wrapper, but this is worth the trip. I am a retired highway engineer and transportation planner with more than 36 years of experience in eight states and Washington, D.C. My opinions are based on experience, 42 years of transportation policy observations and objective study of publicly available […]

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Rep Leishman Lawsuit Tossed; Pan Am gets Revenge?

by Steve MacDonald December 20, 2011

Did Pan Am Railway just get some major payback on an ethics challenged State Rep who owns a competing Railroad company? The Nashua Telegraph is reporting that Rep. Peter Leishman (D – Milford-Bennington Railway), recently re-elected to the NH House, just had his lawsuit thrown out by Judge Paul Barbadoro of the U.S. District Court […]

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Death To Rail (Bride Of RTA)

by Steve MacDonald April 1, 2011

This is what we call the tits-on-a-bull defense. Chris wants rail. There is no good reason for it, he just wants it. And he could care less that we already have infrastructure that works, that is more adaptable, and which costs significantly less to operate.

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Democrats, Trains And HB 218

by Steve MacDonald February 13, 2011

The Union Leader has a great editorial in this mornings Sunday News titles “Free Trains.” It is great for several reasons the least of which is that it mirrors concerns I have been expressing for years. No matter who pays to build them, someone has to pay to keep them. That would be New Hampshire Taxpayers. Democrats are aghast that the NH House would dissolve the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority, because hey it doesn’t cost anything.

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