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New Hampshire

August 23, 2013

Residents get their say on Plaistow MBTA study


Shem Kellogg of Plaistow was concerned about parking.

“(Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority) estimates that there will be up to 2,000 riders in 2035,” he said. “There’s only 300 parking spaces.”

Plaistow Selectman John Sherman was worried about the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority — the agency that runs the rail — being able to financially sustain a potential station in Plaistow.

“We hear lots of things about how much trouble the MBTA is in financially,” Sherman said. “I want to know if consideration of the financial viability of the MBTA is part of the analysis.”

Sanborn said the NHDOT would try to look at all concerns that the community would want to get studied.

He also said a community advisory committee would be formed with residents from Plaistow, Haverhill, and Atkinson, and they will meet regularly during the course of the study. Those meetings would be open to the public.

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