Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Northern Lights Express

Proposed passenger rail service between Minneapolis and Duluth, MN



NLX timeline


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


  • Ridership forecasts, revenue projections, benefit assessment


  • Define operating plan
  • Identify locations for stations and other facilities
  • Preliminary engineering of public roadways and bridges
  • Preliminary engineering of track and railroad bridges by BNSF
  • Tier 2 Project Level Environmental Review

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

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