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New Hampshire To Release Final Commuter Rail Report

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New Hampshire's Department of Transportation is set to release its final report on the effects of extending commuter rail from Massachusetts into the southern part of the state.

The New Hampshire Capitol Corridor Rail and Transit study has been ongoing for nearly two years. A preliminary report in November showed that expanding the rail from Lowell, Massachusetts, to Nashua would cost $120 million in capital costs and attract about 174,000 riders a year. That option would create an estimated 1,200 jobs.

Extending service to Manchester would cost $246 million. That plan envisions about 668,000 riders per year and 5,600 jobs created.

The final report is to be released Tuesday in Nashua.

Federal funding would cover about half the capital costs. The state would be responsible for maintaining the system.

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