Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Northern Lights Express

Proposed passenger rail service between Minneapolis and Duluth, MN


Environmental update – February 2018

On February 20, 2018, FRA signed the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Tier 2 Project Level Environmental Assessment. This allows the NLX project to proceed to final design, construction and operation when funding becomes available.

Next Steps

The next steps for the NLX project include assembling funds for construction, completing final design work, completing negotiations with BNSF and other property owners and acquiring right-of-way for stations. The first construction projects will likely be grade crossing improvements, many of which may be constructed prior to the completion of trail improvements or the construction of stations.

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