Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Northern Lights Express

Proposed passenger rail service between Minneapolis and Duluth, MN

About this project

NLX corridor map, showing potential stops at Minneapolis, Coon Rapids, Cambridge, Hinckley, Superior WI and Duluth

NLX corridor map, showing potential stops at Minneapolis, Coon Rapids, Cambridge, Hinckley, Superior WI and Duluth.

The Northern Lights Express is a proposed high speed passenger rail project that would provide rail service between Minneapolis and Duluth. If constructed, NLX will operate on approximately 155 miles of existing BNSF rail corridor.

News and updates

Next phase of Environmental Assessment begins

MnDOT begins the Tier 2 Project Level Environmental Assessment this summer. The environmental review process will identify potential impacts and proposed improvements as preliminary engineering of track, roadways and facilities is completed. The environmental review process is expected to continue through early 2016.

Ridership analysis continues

Ridership forecasts, revenue projections and estimates of public benefits are underway. All of the analysis, including how the stated preference surveys are being incorporated into the ridership ‘model’, is being reviewed by an independent Peer Review Panel to ensure consistency with generally accepted industry practice. Results are expected to be available in September 2014.