Rail Trail Study Committee

The 2015 bill called SB 80 established a Legislative Study Committee on Rail Trails, which met about a dozen times over the last year and a half.  Several trail groups as well as trail users provided testimony to the Committee. Policy Chair Tim Blagden says the main focus now is to resist downshifting structural maintenance costs to towns. The committee discussed having an economic impact study incorporated into the scope of an updated trails plan. Bike-Walk NH advocated for the trail plan update to include desired goals and metrics, and not simply be an inventory of corridors owned by the state.  The Committee issued a final report in November 2016 , complete with minutes from the meetings.  You can download that here.