Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Northern Lights Express

Proposed passenger rail service between Minneapolis and Duluth, MN

About this project

NLX corridor map, showing potential stops at Minneapolis, Coon Rapids, Cambridge, Hinckley, Superior WI and Duluth

NLX corridor map showing proposed stops in Minneapolis, Coon Rapids-Foley, Cambridge, Hinckley, Superior, WI and Duluth.

The Northern Lights Express is a proposed higher speed passenger rail project that would provide rail service between Minneapolis and Duluth. If constructed, NLX will operate on approximately 152 miles of existing BNSF rail corridor.

Tier 2 Project Level Environmental Assessment – now available

The Federal Railroad Administration has approved the publication of the Tier 2 Project Level Environmental Assessment for the Northern Lights Express High Speed Passenger Rail Project from Minneapolis to Duluth, MN.

Comments on the Tier 2 EA will be received until May 24, 2017. To afford an opportunity for all interested persons and agencies to comment on the proposed action, public meetings will be held in mid-May.