PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

The greater Nashua area served by RCC7 includes all thirteen member communities of NRPC, including the City of Nashua and the towns of Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Hudson, Litchfield, Lyndeborough, Mason, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, Pelham, and Wilton. Home to more than 200,000 residents, the Nashua Region is a dynamic and thriving part of the Southern New Hampshire landscape. Situated among the rolling foothills of the Merrimack River Valley in the eastern edge of the region and the Souhegan River Valley to the west and located just 40 miles from Downtown Boston and the Atlantic Coast, the region enjoys an enviable location that provides urban amenities while retaining the quality of life benefits of rural and suburban areas.

Nashua Transit System provides bus service throughout the City of Nashua. No fixed-route transit service is currently provided in the region’s other twelve communities, except for a pilot-study fixed route along NH101A between the western edge of Nashua and the Walmart in Amherst. Notably, NTS is one of the few operators in the state to provide nighttime service. Outside of the City of Nashua, human service providers help fill the gaps in service for populations in need of transit alternatives. Of note, Souhegan Valley Rides has provided over 42,000 rides since its inception in 2008 and is invaluable. The region also benefits from inter-city bus service including Boston Express which provides daily commuter service between Manchester, NH and Boston with a stop at the F.E. Everett Turnpike Exit 8 Park & Ride lot and limited weekly Greyhound service between Keene, NH, and Boston, also with a stop at the Exit 8 Park & Ride lot. Additionally, the Manchester Transit Authority provides bus service between Manchester and the Nashua Mall near F.E. Everett Turnpike Interchange 6. Despite its proximity to Boston, the Nashua Region has no access to passenger rail. Limited freight rail service is provided on the north-south New Hampshire and Maine line through Nashua and Merrimack to Manchester and Concord and over an east-west line between Nashua and Wilton.

2022 NHTA-Transport NH Document FINAL_Page_01
Public Transportation in New Hampshire: A snapshot of how public transportation is funded and structured throughout the state.
Prepared by the NH Transit Association.