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Rail Forum Coming to White River Junction

Trains – both passenger and freight – can be an important part of an energy efficient Upper trains-019Valley. We’re lucky we already have some rail infrastructure crisscrossing our region. How can we make rail a bigger part of our future?

The Vermont Transportation Board will hold a public forum at 6 p.m. on November 16 at the Hotel Coolidge in White River Junction on transportation policy associated with trains, both passenger and freight. Topics include:

  • living with railroads as neighbors
  • passenger expansion to Montreal
  • rail-side economic development

Can’t attend? Read more about the project and submit a written comment.

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You’ve Been Asking…I-89 South Transit Study!

We’re excited to announce that the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission (UVLSRPC) and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) are evaluating the feasibility of commuter bus service along Interstate 89 connecting New London, Grantham, Enfield, Lebanon, and Hanover.

Transportation Program Manager Aaron Brown and several UVTMA members and partners are serving on the project advisory group.

Show that the community wants and needs commuter transit service along the I-89 corridor! If you missed one of the public drop-in sessions held last week and haven’t yet given input on the project, please take the survey by November 4, 2016.

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Survey Says: Parking and Transportation in White River Junction Are…

Thank you to the more than 500 downtown White River Junction residents, employees, business owners, and visitors who took our survey about parking! We’ve learned much about your transportation and parking needs in this vibrant downtown. You can see full survey results here. Our findings include:

  • White River Junction has a lot going on! Of our 551 survey respondents, 60% enjoy the downtown’s restaurants, half work here, more than a third are Northern Stage patrons, and 40% go to other arts and cultural activities.
  • Nearly 20% of survey respondents said they feel unsafe parking in certain areas of downtown, mainly due to poor lighting. Good news: The town plans to upgrade street lighting near the courthouse, along South Main Street, and in the lot behind the former American Legion.
  • The town is investigating how to best reach residents about parking bans during snowstorms and other emergencies. Our work confirmed the vast majority (75%) would prefer a simple text message.

Didn’t take the survey but have something to say? Please e-mail us to share your opinions on how the town can manage parking and transportation options as development rapidly occurs in the historic downtown.