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February 25, 2013

Bill seeks to limit train idling in Plaistow

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Plaistow Selectman John Sherman urged Major to sponsor the bill.

“New Hampshire should have a law that restricts idling in order to protect the natural environment from air pollution and that protects individual residents and neighbors by reducing noise pollution,” Sherman said.

The restrictions could prevent a layover station from being built in Plaistow. The closest layover station is in Bradford, Mass.

“That would be fine with me,” Sherman said. “It’s the right thing to do for any potential layover station, built anywhere in New Hampshire.”

Major said the legislation was tailored after the law in Massachusetts, which also limits idling to 30 minutes.

The bill allows local police to enforce the law. A first offense would carry a fine of no more than $500 and future offenses are punishable by maximum fines of $2,000.

It has not been determined if the operator or the train company would be fined.

The bill would not apply to freight train and amusement railroads unless they are within 1,000 feet of a residential area.

The Department of Transportation will conduct a feasibility study on the construction of a layover station and expansion of commuter rail. Last month, Plaistow and Atkinson agreed not consider a site on Blossom Road in Atkinson for the study.

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