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.

Updates

Studies

Year in review

2013 was an exciting year for the NLX project with many activities that advanced the project forward.

Next steps

Now that the Finding of No Significant Impact has been issued, preliminary engineering can begin. Once preliminary engineering is complete, we’ll have all the required documentation and approvals to support final design and construction of the capital projects needed to begin passenger rail service on the NLX line.