NLX Corridor Leaders Celebrate Project Milestone
April 2, 2018
About 80 community leaders from the Northern Lights Express passenger rail corridor, between the Twin Cities and the Twin Ports, got a project update March 26 at the Historic Union Depot in Duluth. Meeting hosts were Duluth Mayor Emily Larson and Duluth City Council President and NLX Alliance Chair Elissa Hansen. Other presenters included Minnesota Department of Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle, Amtrak Governmental Affairs Senior Officer Derrick James, and Minneapolis City Council Member Andrew Johnson.
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.
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
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
NLX is ready to build. Lend your voice to let elected officials know you support transportation options.
Klobuchar, Nolan Support TIGER Grant
See the latest project news from the Minnesota Department of Transportation here.
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Local View: Studies complete, NLX ready to build
March 20, 2018
Recent news that the Federal Railroad Administration gave the Northern Lights Express passenger-rail proposal a green light to move forward was a reason to celebrate. It also was a moment to strengthen our resolve to get the project across the finish line.
The history of the Northern Lights Express spans more than 40 years, starting in 1975.
Community Leaders Call on Gov. Dayton to include NLX in Bonding
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."
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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