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

2020

  • Operation - potential service starts Jan. 1, 2020

2017-2019

  • Final design and construction
  • Testing
  • Public engagement (ongoing)

2016

  • Tier 2 Project Level Environmental Review and engineering
  • Public engagement (ongoing)

2015-2016

  • Preliminary engineering of track and railroad bridges by BNSF
  • Tier 2 Project Level Environmental Review and engineering
  • Public engagement (ongoing)

2015

  • Preliminary engineering of public roadways and bridges
  • Public engagement (ongoing)

2014-2015

  • Identify locations for stations and other facilities
  • Define operating plan
  • Tier 2 Project Level Environmental Review
  • Public engagement (ongoing)

2013-2015

  • Ridership forecasts, revenue projections, benefit assessment
  • Public engagement (ongoing)

2013

  • Complete Tier 1 Service Level Environmental Assessment
  • Finding of No Significant Impact
  • Public engagement (ongoing)

Historical timeline

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

Reports and studies

Additional background information

Read more about the Northern Lights Express Passenger Rail Project.

More about passenger rail

Read more about passenger rail in Minnesota.