The Northern Lights Express Passenger Rail Project Gets Green Light to Seek Funding

Federal Railroad Administration issues a Finding of No Significant Impact on Tier 2 Environmental Assessment.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Federal Administration has found that the Northern Lights Express project will not have significant environmental impacts and can proceed to seek funding for final design and construction.

FRA and MnDOT, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, prepared a Tier 2 EA for the NLX Project, which examined the 152-mile project corridor relative to social, economic and environmental impacts.

The proposed project includes constructing the necessary infrastructure for, and operation of, an approximately 152-mile long, 90 miles per hour, higher speed intercity passenger rail service between Minneapolis and Duluth, Minnesota, a portion of which will travel through Douglas County in Wisconsin.

Stations are proposed in six communities: Minneapolis, Coon Rapids, Cambridge, Hinckley, and Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin.

In addition, the proposed NLX project would include one maintenance facility and one layover facility, which may be on separate sites in Sandstone and Duluth, or co-located on one site in Duluth.

MnDOT will continue to work with FRA to identify funding to support final design and construction of NLX.

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