Calls Needed to Executive Council in Support of Commuter Rail

Commuter_Rail_CK4049.JPGThanks to everyone who turned out earlier this fall for a hearing on bringing passenger rail to Manchester.

There is more to be done as we need to make sure that the Executive Council approves restoring the $4 million rail study grant to the 10-year NH Transportation Plan.

At a time when we know that burning more fossil fuels is killing our planet, it’s time for the Granite State to expand commuter rail so that we can provide better transportation options that benefit the planet and workers.

A final, binding vote will take place at one of the Council’s next two meetings: December 6th or December 20th.  A preliminary vote in favor of including rail funding was 3-2. Executive Councilors Andru Volinsky and Chris Pappas are solidly in favor, and were joined by Russ Prescott. Executive Councilors Wheeler and Joseph Kenney voted in opposition.

We need Rights & Democracy NH members to call Executive Councilor Prescott to ensure that he remains in support of the proposal and to ask Councilors Wheeler and Kenney to join the majority - especially Councilor Wheeler who represents Nashua, where rail is extremely popular!

We know that this is only the first stop on this journey, but it’s an important one. If the Council approves it, we still need to ensure that Gov. Chris Sununu includes it in his budget plan and that the legislature approves it.

According to the NH Capitol Corridor Study, expanding passenger rail would have extensive positive economic impacts including new jobs, commercial and residential real estate growth, and millions of dollars in reinvested worker earnings.

Everyday tens of thousands of New Hampshire residents spend up to five hours a day commuting to and from Boston. Passenger rail service to the cities of Manchester and Concord would provide residents with new commuting options, shorten commute times, and reduce carbon emissions and our dependency on fossil fuels. Studies also suggest that passenger rail service will generate millions of dollars of new development and economic growth.

Join us in calling Executive Councilors! Here’s their contact info:

District One

Joseph D. Kenney

Executive Council Office: (603) 271-3632

Office E-mail: Joseph.Kenney@nh.gov

Home Office: (603) 473-2569

Cell: (603) 581-8780

 

District Two

Andru Volinsky

Executive Council Office: (603) 271-3632

Office E-mail: Andru.Volinsky@nh.gov

Cell: (603) 491-0376

 

District Three

Russell E. Prescott

Executive Council Office: (603) 271-3632

Office E-mail: represcott@nh.gov

Cell: (603) 231-7822

 

District Four

Christopher C. Pappas

Executive Council Office: (603) 271-3632

Office E-mail: cpappas@nh.gov

Cell: (603) 867-8438

 

District Five

David K. Wheeler

Executive Council Office: (603) 271-3632

Office E-mail: David.Wheeler@nh.gov

Home Office: (603) 672-6062

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