Nashua Regional Planning Commission Fishing For Commuter Rail

by Steve MacDonald March 15, 2018

Regional Planning Commissions are unaccountable bodies of busy-bodies who operate outside the usual rules for political interference in your day to day life. They get access to and spend public money, and can serve as a pipeline for Federal political class priorities. They are also notoriously progressive, so when the Nashua Regional Planning Commission sets up […]

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So, NH Choo-Choo trainers still think a second line would be a GREAT idea?

by Skip April 5, 2016

From the Anti-Planner (a nationally recognized land use and transportation expert): Commuter rail was flat, overall gaining just 20,000 riders for the entire year, which considering the total is 490 million is a 0.00 percent increase. Some of the biggest losers were Portland, Maine (-14%), Albuquerque (-12%), and Portland, Oregon (-8%). Maine, Maine – whatEVAH […]

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Shaheen “Remember When” Part 3: Bureaucrats Before Bridges

by Steve MacDonald October 20, 2014
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Not that long ago, when given the opportunity to keep hundreds of millions of dollars annually from leaving New Hampshire, Jeanne Shaheen, Barack Obama’s Senate envoy to New Hampshire, voted to back the plundering pirates from Washington over state and local control…of transportation dollars. Which party is it that demands a steady increase in taxpayer-tithing […]

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NH-DOT Transportation Czar Defends Gas Tax Increase

by Steve MacDonald August 5, 2014
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The NH Department of Transportation Czar, Christopher Clement Sr., took some time (and taxpayer money) out of his otherwise busy day, to give us his thoughts on the 4.2 cent gas tax increase.  It is titled, Fueling the Gas Tax Discussion.  Minister Clement advises us to be wary of political ads bearing false witness–that is […]

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Observation on the nature of a Progressive and Progressivism: Jeanne Shaheen

by Skip July 30, 2014

Steve has a most important post up today where he brings up that Jeanne Shaheen, regardless of her campaign ads or sound bytes, is not really interested in the people of NH (but gets it very slightly wrong).  Emphasis mine, a bit of reformatting: I can’t say it often enough.  We need to elect Senators […]

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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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Well, the Spenders in Gilford may still lust after “free” taxpayer money – but Troy, Michigan has figured it out!

by Skip December 26, 2011

Free money from the Feds, from the State, from the County…..Free!  Free!  Free!  Hey, grab it, because that money is FREE to our taxpayers – it doesn’t cost US a thing!  But those that wish to spend it, that lust after it, they hate it when the obvious truth comes out – er, it’s not […]

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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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Ray Stevens is at it again – TSA in his sights

by Skip March 2, 2011

He’s having a great time, isn’t he?

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The NH Rail Transit Authority: LET’S GET RID OF IT!

by Tim Condon February 24, 2011

Why? Lots of reasons. But let me let State Rep. John Hikel explain why. As vice chairman of the State House Transportation Committee, no one explains it better than Rep. Hikel: Passenger rail a boondoggle for New Hampshire taxpayers By Rep. John Hikel As a candidate for State Representative, I joined many who were elected […]

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Help you make it to your flight

by Skip December 3, 2010

(H/T: Paul)

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High Speed Fail

by Steve MacDonald November 6, 2010

The 2.2 million is part of 2.4 billion in stimulus dollars allotted in support of the progressive desire to control how you get from A to B. Local fans of commuter rail will applaud the grant, but its being paid for with monopoly money. It is a waste of as yet collected tax payer dollars on an idea that will never pay for itself if implemented, so the 2.2 million is simply a federal intrusion designed to sell us on the a project that is not even cost effective for New Hampshire.

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by Steve MacDonald May 21, 2010

This editorial from today’s Union Leader on Commuter Rail caught my attention. PETER BURLING, head of the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority (NHRTA), was in Manchester this week to promote his dream of building a commuter rail line from Concord to Boston. He suggested that operating commuter rail would cost taxpayers less than maintaining the […]

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Assured Mutual Transportation Tax Destruction?

by Steve MacDonald February 24, 2010

NH State transportation commissar George Campbell says he does not trust the state of Massachusetts when it says it has no plans for tolls on the state border.   Campbell is a supporter of tolls on our side.  In fact he’s made it clear he wants’ our tolls up before they have theirs up.  See how […]

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The Real “Third Rail” For Commuter Rail

by Steve MacDonald February 21, 2010

Any good liberal will tell you this.  Never talk about how much something really costs, or who will have to pay for it, until after you have convinced them it will be good for them.  You do this by creating an overwhelming desire for fairness, or appeal to some moral phantom named equality, or in […]

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