Capitol Corridor

The Nashua-Manchester Passenger Rail (Capitol Corridor) Project extends the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Commuter Rail service 30 miles from Lowell, Massachusetts to Manchester, New Hampshire.

The proposed service will use approximately 10 miles of MBTA railway from Lowell, MA to Nashua, NH, and 20 miles of MBTA trackage rights on Pan Am Railways (Pan Am) Northern Branch northward into Manchester. The project is currently in the development phase. Key steps to be completed in this phase include preliminary design engineering, State and Federal environmental review and development of the financial plan.

NH Capitol Corridor

  • 2021 Nashua - Manchester Project Development Phase
    • NHDOT has engaged the services of a consultant team, led by AECOM Technical Services, that will include preliminary engineering, environmental assessment, financial plan development, public involvement services, and preliminary design to meet the requirements of the FTA Section 5309 Capital Investment Grant Program Project Development/Engineering phase for the extension of MBTA commuter rail services from Lowell, MA to Nashua and Manchester, NH.
  • 2014 Capitol Corridor Rail & Transit Alternatives Analysis information, including the Final Report.
    • The project included a study of potential rail and bus transit investments in the NH Capitol Corridor, which connects the major population centers of New Hampshire to metropolitan Boston, and the development of a service development plan and related documents for intercity passenger rail between Boston, MA and Concord, NH. This study took a multimodal, systems-wide approach in the development of a menu of alternatives that were provided for review and consideration for the public and policymakers.