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​​​​Community Leaders Call on Gov. Dayton to include NLX in Bonding

December 2017

Read a joint letter from Duluth, St. Louis & Lake County and St. Louis & Lake Counties Regional Railroad Authority.  See a list of businesses and governmental agencies that sent a similar letter.


​​​​NLX Passenger Rail Project Cuts Costs

Dec. 29, 2015.

"At a news conference Dec. 16 in Duluth involving the passenger rail alliance group and the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation, it was announced that the preliminary estimate of the total cost to implement NLX was now between $500 million and $600 million compared to a previous cost estimate of close to $1 billion."

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See the latest project news from the Minnesota Department of Transportation here.


NLX in the public eye. (Most recent news listed first.)

​​​​Commissioner Raukar Addresses Student Survey

April 26, 2016.

Written as a letter to the editor, Commissioner Steve Raukar addresses the benefits of the Northern Lights Express for college age students. In his letter, he focuses on how the transportation would also benefit the state financially as a whole, drawing in more tourism, decreasing the number of roadway fatalities and increasing Minnesota property values. 

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The history of the Northern Lights Express spans more than 40 years, starting in 1975.

To learn more about the changes that have taken place and how Northern Lights Express has grown, read the entire

NLX History Document

​​​​Changes to the NLX Alliance

Feb. 22, 2017

The Minneapolis-Duluth/Superior Passenger Rail Alliance elected Duluth Councilmember Elissa Hansen chair and Jason Serck, Superior, vice chair, and also added Superior and Cambridge as voting members to continue advocating for the Northern Lights Express (NLX) Passenger Rail Project and to continue working with the Minnesota Department of Transportation to complete the federal review of the 152-mile corridor on existing BNSF Railway tracks.

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​​​​Corridor Mayors Send Letter to Legislators

March 14, 2017

Station city mayors in the NLX corridor collectively sent a letter to their legislators and congressional delegation encouraging them to look at multi-modal transportation options, including the proposed return of passenger rail.

Letter from 7 mayors
Enclosed brochure

Tier two environmental study will be completed in 2017. The project will then be eligible to apply for federal funds to cover 80% of the project.

​​​​Klobuchar, Nolan Support TIGER Grant

December 2017



​​​​Congressman Advocates for NLX

June 21, 2017

See what Congressman Nolan told the director of the Federal Railroad Administration about the need for NLX passenger rail. 

Letter from Congressman Nolan