Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Northern Lights Express

Proposed passenger rail service between Minneapolis and Duluth, MN

Background

Frequently asked questions

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Timeline

NLX schedule timeline

2015-2016

  • Preliminary engineering of track and railroad bridges by BNSF
  • Tier 2 Project Level Environmental Review

2015

  • Preliminary engineering of public roadways and bridges

2014-2015

  • Identify locations for stations and other facilities
  • Define operating plan
  • Tier 2 Project Level Environmental Review

2013-2015

  • Ridership forecasts, revenue projections, benefit assessment

2013

  • Complete Tier 1 Service Level Environmental Assessment
  • Finding of No Significant Impact

Historical timeline

View historical timeline of the Arrowhead, North Star and Northern Lights Express.

Additional background information

Read more about the Northern Lights Express Passenger Rail Project.

More about passenger rail

Read more about passenger rail in Minnesota.