The Boston Herald reports that transportation officials Massachusetts and New Hampshire received a report recommending a “bus-on-shoulder” system as the best strategy for reducing traffic congestion on Interstate 93. Passengers would be picked up by express buses that would use a breakdown lane closed to other vehicles.
Those who supported a passenger train service between Boston and Manchester worry that this study could disrupt their plans and prevent economic growth in southern New Hampshire.
Rail travel is still a possibility, although cost was a major factor in considering the bus-on-shoulder option. The transit planning company that is investigating commuter options said that rebuilding the old rail lines would cost almost $200 million, whereas starting up the bus service would cost about $80 million. Noise and safety concerns were also factors in the company’s recommendation.
Transit study says commuter bus lane best I-93, Boston Herald, October 12, 2008
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