Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Northern Lights Express

Proposed passenger rail service between Minneapolis and Duluth, MN

Final Environmental Documents

Findings of Fact and Conclusions (FOF&C)

MnDOT thoroughly analyzed the NLX Project and its impacts. Through its analysis, coordination with affected agencies, public and community involvement, and comment letters received, MnDOT has determined that the proposed project, as described in the Tier 2 EA, does not have the potential for significant impact and has issued a Negative Declaration for the project. The Negative Declaration and the Findings of Fact and Conclusions (FOF&C) supporting the decision (signed March 2, 2018) concludes the State of Minnesota’s environmental review process.

Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

The Federal Railroad Administration issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on February 20, 2018 which is consistent with the state’s determination. This concludes the federal environmental process.

Tier 2 Project Level Environmental Assessment and Appendices

The Tier 2 Project Level Environmental Assessment builds on the Tier 1 Service Level Environmental Assessment prepared in 2013. The Tier 2 EA addresses specific project related issues and likely environmental effects associated with proposed track infrastructure, stations, and layover and maintenance facilities. MnDOT issued this EA for public review and comment during the period from April 24, 2017 through May 24, 2017. Public hearing/open house meetings were held to review and comment on the EA in May 2017.

Files are in PDF format.

Tier 1 Service Level Environmental Assessment

Cultural resource documents