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Bill to study public-private funding of projects such as commuter rail heads to Hassan's desk

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CONCORD, New Hampshire — A bill that could help pave the way for public-private funding of commuter rail is now awaiting New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan's signature.

Efforts to bring commuter rail from Boston up to Nashua and Manchester hit a snag this year when lawmakers chose not to include $4 million in the capital budget to further study the proposal. Supporters of the project hope to continue exploring other funding options, including public-private partnerships.

Several Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation this year that creates a committee to study such funding for intermodal transportation projects.

Hassan is a supporter of efforts to extend commuter rail into the state and likely to sign the bill.

The committee will include two senators and three House members and must report its finding by Jan. 1.

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