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 in Minneapolis, Coon Rapids-Foley, 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 152 miles of existing BNSF rail corridor.

Public meetings

Four open houses were held in October 2016 to discuss the potential changes to railroad grade crossings in the project corridor. Railroad grade crossings are locations where a roadway crosses railroad tracks at the same level rather than crossing above or below the tracks. If you were unable to attend the open houses, you can still download meeting materials or provide comments.