Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Northern Lights Express

Proposed passenger rail service between Minneapolis and Duluth, MN

Tier 2 Project Level Environmental Assessment — Now Available

The NLX Tier 2 Project Level EA builds on the Tier 1 Service Level EA 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. More information about the Tier 1 EA.

MnDOT and the Federal Railroad Administration, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, published the Tier 2 Project Level Environmental Assessment for the Northern Lights Express High Speed Passenger Rail Project from Minneapolis to Duluth, MN.  MnDOT, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), assisted FRA in the development of the Tier 2 EA. 

The Tier 2 EA documents the purpose and need of the project along with the anticipated social, economic, transportation, and environmental impacts. The Tier 2 EA addresses specific NLX Project-related impacts associated with proposed NLX service operations and construction, including track infrastructure, stations, and maintenance and layover facilities and measures to avoid, minimize and mitigate these impacts.”  

Comments on the Tier 2 EA document were received through May 24, 2017 via email at nlx.dot@state.mn.us and were directed to:

Francis Loetterle, Project Manager
Minnesota Department of Transportation
395 John Ireland Boulevard, MS 470
Saint Paul, MN 55155-1800

The comments received will be used by MnDOT, FRA, and WisDOT in deciding whether there is potential for this project to result in significant impacts to the environment and whether an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is required.

To afford an opportunity for all interested persons and agencies to comment on the proposed action, public meetings will be held. More information on public meetings.

The Tier 2 Project Level EA can be downloaded below or viewed in hard copy at:

  • MnDOT Library, MnDOT Transportation Building, 395 John Ireland Boulevard, St. Paul, MN 55155-1800
  • Cambridge Public Library 244 South Birch Street, Cambridge, MN 55008
  • Coon Rapids Crooked Lake Branch Library, 11440 Crooked Lake Boulevard NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433
  • Duluth Public Library, 520 W. Superior Street, Duluth, MN 55802
  • Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central, Environmental Conservation Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1992
  • Hinckley Public Library, 106 First Street SE, Hinckley, MN 55037
  • Sandstone Public Library, 119 N. Fourth Street, Sandstone, MN 55072
  • Superior Public Library, 1530 Tower Avenue, Superior, WI 54880
  • WisDOT Northwest Region Office, 1701 N. 4th Street, Superior, WI 54880
  • WisDOT Transportation Library, 4802 Sheboygan Ave, Room 100A, Madison, WI 53707

Tier 2 Project Level Environmental Assessment and Appendices

Files are in PDF format.

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