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 proposed stops in Minneapolis, Coon Rapids-Foley, Cambridge, Hinckley, Superior, WI and Duluth.

The Northern Lights Express is a proposed higher speed passenger rail project that would provide rail service between Minneapolis and Duluth. If constructed, NLX will operate on approximately 152 miles of existing BNSF rail corridor.

Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Findings of Fact and Conclusions documents issued

On February 20, 2018 the Federal Railroad Administration issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on the Tier 2 Project Level Environmental Assessment. FRA’s issuance of the FONSI means that the NLX Project will not have significant environmental impacts and can conclude the environmental phase of this project.  
Additionally, under the State of Minnesota environmental review process, MnDOT, serving as the Responsible Governmental Unit (RGU), has issued the Findings of Fact and Conclusions and a negative declaration, indicating that a state Environmental Impact Statement is not required.