Partners Working to Expand Public Transportation in Monadnock Region 

  • June 28, 2024
  • SWRPC, Transportation

The Keene Sentinel recently published an informative editorial about the lack of public transportation options in our state and region, particularly in rural areas. The editorial made the case for more state investment in public transportation. Increased investment will improve access to transportation for our citizens and sustain our environment through reduction of transportation emissions. The editorial stated that lack of reliable transportation is a significant need in the Monadnock Region and that community partners have taken important steps to address the need over many years. 

In 2022, Southwest Region Planning Commission (SWRPC) published the results of a study that provides a blueprint for expanding transit service in the region. Keene and surrounding towns, the eastern Monadnock Region, and high-need areas such as the town of Winchester are target areas for expansion. The study spawned a follow up project to build a “Next Generation” transit system with the capacity to fund and implement the transit study blueprint. During the first of a series of public meetings held on June 19th, citizens and concerned stakeholders weighed-in on priority goals for the transit system managing entity. Among the top priorities identified were:

Now that priority goals have been established for identifying a transit system managing entity, next steps include:

Future meetings will be scheduled to give the public an opportunity to weigh-in on the above activities. Individuals interested in learning more about the Monadnock Region Transit System Design Project or participating in future public meetings can contact Terry Johnson of SWRPC staff at [email protected].