SWRPC Meetings

September 27, 2021

The SWRPC Transportation Advisory Committee will meet at 2:00 p.m. at the SWRPC Office, 37 Ashuelot Street, Keene, NH

For more information, please contact J.B. Mack of SWRPC staff.

Other Meetings

October 5, 2021

The Governor's Advisory Commission on Intermodal Transportation (GACIT) will hold a public hearing on the Ten-Year Transportation Improvement Plan (2023-2932) at 7:00 p.m. at the Keene Parks and Recreation, 312 Washington Street, Keene.

For more information, please click on the Public Notice or contact J.B. Mack of SWRPC staff.

October 7, 2021
The Governor's Advisory Commission on Intermodal Transportation (GACIT) will hold a public hearing on the Ten-Year Transportation Improvement Plan (2023-2932) at 7:00 p.m. at the Jaffrey Fire Station Meeting and Training Room, 138 Turnpike Road, Jaffrey.

For more information, please click on the Public Notice or contact J.B. Mack of SWRPC staff.

Items of Interest

The Regional Public Involvement Plan for Southwest New Hampshire has been adopted and released. To view the plan, please click here.

For NH planning events, see the NH Office of Strategic Initiatives Events Calendar.

Discover more about Granite State Future.

Municipal Survey Report

To learn about Monadnock Region Future: A Plan for Southwest New Hampshire please click here

To learn about the Greater Keene Air Quality Education and Outreach Campaign please click here.

To learn about the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant decommissioning process please click here

Greater Keene Intermodal Transportation Center Feasibility Study

Project news:

Open House and Public Discussion: February 4, 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Keene Public Library at 60 Winter Street Street in Keene

Mark your calendar to attend an Open House and Public Discussion to learn about SWRPC’s Greater Keene Intermodal Transportation Center Feasibility Study. Explore project posters that will be on display in the atrium of the Keene Public Library from January 28th to February 4th. The posters will illustrate how different scenarios of future growth in the Keene area could affect the built environment, transportation options, and ITC design. SWRPC staff will be available on-site for informal discussion about the study on February 4th from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. A short presentation will follow from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the library auditorium, located in the basement.

Open House Flyer

What is the study?

The City of Keene and its immediate surroundings, otherwise referred to as Greater Keene, functions as the regional center of southwest New Hampshire. On a daily basis, thousands of people travel to Greater Keene for work, school, shopping, recreation, cultural attractions, medical services, and a variety of other reasons. Highways, roads, and public transit routes all converge in Greater Keene, which also includes intercity bus connections and an airport. Considering Greater Keene’s role as a prominent activity center, the Southwest Region Planning Commission, along with key community stakeholders, are undertaking a study to better understand the need for an “intermodal” transportation center, the feasibility of constructing such a center, and the potential benefits it could bring to the region.

What is an “intermodal” transportation center?

In short, it’s where different modes of transportation are available and connect with one another. Transportation modes include, but are not limited to driving a personal automobile, renting a car, biking, walking, or riding a bus. Intermodal transportation centers can include any number of features, including parking facilities, a bus station, bike racks, a central dispatch office for non-emergency medical transportation, electric vehicle charging stations, or car-sharing services like Zipcar. Intermodal transportation centers and the specific services they offer vary from place to place. A key study objective is to determine what services would best benefit Greater Keene and the wider Monadnock Region if the idea of an intermodal transportation center were to move forward.

An “intermodal” transportation center can serve as a connnection point for many differernt modes of transportation, including...

What does the study include?

The study includes four phases, each lasting about six months. Beginning in the summer of 2018, Phase I includes assembling a project working group to guide study activities. The project working group includes a diverse range of local organizations, assuring that the study reflects a wide cross section of community priorities. Phase I also includes selecting an expert consultant and collecting information on transportation currently available within Greater Keene.

Phase II involves organizing public outreach and input sessions, developing criteria for prioritizing the types of facilities and services that the ideal transportation center would include, and developing criteria for assessing potential sites. Phase II also involves developing a “purpose and needs statement” that will guide the course of the study.

If sufficient need and purpose are identified, the study proceeds to Phase III, which would evaluate the pros and cons of locating an intermodal transportation center at several potential sites. Phase III would also assess the respective costs and benefits of including specific features in an intermodal transportation center. Considered features could include items like a parking garage, central dispatch office, or onsite dining, just to name a few examples. During Phase III, members of the public would have an opportunity to state their priorities, voice concerns, or ask questions about potential sites or facility features.

Finally, in Phase IV, the project working group would select a site(s) for more detailed study. More in-depth study could involve a conceptual level design, street-level renderings, and cost estimates.

Whatever its specific findings might be, the study will result in a clearer picture of the Monadnock Region’s intermodal transportation needs, as well as what benefits that an intermodal transportation center would bring (or not bring) to the region. The study will afford the project working group and members of the public an opportunity to envision how an intermodal transportation center might relate to different aspects of life within the region: the economy, job access, traffic, health, the environment, among other considerations. It will result in either an informed conclusion that an intermodal transportation center isn’t a good fit for Greater Keene or in a vision of where a center would best be located, what it might look like, and the services it should offer.

For more information, please contact Todd Horner or J.B. Mack of Southwest Region Planning Commission at (603) 357-0557 or via email at [email protected] or [email protected].

Project Documents

  1. Summary of Phase I Data Collection Activities
  2. Informational Brochure
  3. Flyer for 06/25/19 Open House
  4. Purpose and Need Statement
  5. Features and Space Planning
  6. Location Evaluation Tool
  7. Scenario Planning Memo
  8. Flyer for 02/04/20 Open House
  9. Open House Project Overview Poster
  10. Open House Scenario 1 Poster
  11. Open House Scenario 1 Site Plan Poster
  12. Open House Scenario 2 Poster
  13. Open House Scenario 3 Poster
  14. Open House Presentation