Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Northern Lights Express

Proposed passenger rail service between Minneapolis and Duluth, MN



NLX schedule timeline


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


  • Ridership forecasts, revenue projections, benefit assessment


  • 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.

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Additional background information

Read more about the Northern Lights Express Passenger Rail Project.

More about passenger rail

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