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State to release environmental document for high-speed rail between Minneapolis, Duluth
Will hold public hearing, open house April 4 in Cambridge
ST. PAUL, Minn. – A public hearing and open house to discuss a proposed high-speed passenger rail service from Minneapolis to Duluth will be held Thursday, April 4, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Cambridge Armed Forces Reserve Community Center in Cambridge, Minn.
The public is invited to learn more about and formally comment on the Tier 1 Service Level Environmental Assessment for the proposed Northern Lights Express (NLX) service, which will be released Monday, March 18. The Minnesota Department of Transportation prepared the EA, in consultation with the Federal Railroad Administration, the Minneapolis-Duluth/Superior Passenger Rail Alliance and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
MnDOT and Alliance staff will be available at the April 4 meeting to answer questions about the proposed project. There will be no formal presentation.
The proposed project includes constructing necessary infrastructure for a 155-mile long, high-speed intercity passenger rail service between Minneapolis and Duluth, Minn., a portion of which travels through Douglas County in Wisconsin. Trains will reach speeds up to 110 miles per hour.
The EA documents the purpose and need of the project along with the anticipated service-wide social, economic and environmental impacts. The EA sets the foundation for subsequent Tier 2 Project Level EAs to be completed as additional design details are developed. The EA is available on the MnDOT project website at www.mndot.gov/nlx. Copies of the EA will be available for review during the public hearing / open house and are also available for public viewing during business hours at the following locations:
- MnDOT’s Central Office – Transportation Building, 395 John Ireland Boulevard, Saint Paul
- Anoka County Courthouse, 325 East Main Street, Anoka
- Cambridge Public Library, 244 South Birch Street, Cambridge
- Carlton County Courthouse, 301 Walnut Street, Carlton
- Coon Rapids Crooked Lake Branch Library, 11440 Crooked Lake Boulevard NW, Coon Rapids
- Duluth Public Library, 520 W Superior Street, Duluth
- Hennepin County Courthouse, 300 South 6th Street, Minneapolis
- Hinckley Public Library, 106 First Street SE, Hinckley
- Isanti County Courthouse, 555 18th Avenue SW, Cambridge
- Kanabec County Courthouse, 18 North Vine Street, Suite 318, Mora
- Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
- Pine County Courthouse, 635 Northridge Drive NW, Pine City
- Sandstone Public Library, 119 North Fourth Street, Sandstone
- St. Louis County Courthouse – Duluth, 100 North 5th Avenue W, Duluth
- Douglas County Courthouse, 1313 Belknap Street, Room 309, Superior
- Superior Public Library, 1530 Tower Avenue, Superior
Comments on the EA may be submitted online at www.mndot.gov/nlx. Written comments can be mailed prior to the close of the public comment period on Wednesday, April 17, to Julie Carr, MnDOT Project Manager, Minnesota Department of Transportation, 395 John Ireland Boulevard, Saint Paul, MN 55155-1800.
The Cambridge Armed Forces Reserve Community Center is located at 505 Spirit River Drive in Cambridge, Minn.
To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter or other reasonable accommodation for the April 4 meeting, call 651-366-4720 or 1-800-657-3774 (Greater Minnesota); 711 or 1-800-627-3529 (Minnesota Relay). You may also send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please request at least one week in advance.