Northern Lights Express

NLX is a proposed intercity passenger rail service that will operate between Minneapolis and Duluth on 152 miles of existing BNSF Railway track.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has received federal funds to advance the planning of this passenger rail project. The federal grant provides funds to begin preliminary work on the project and includes:

  • Four round trips per day • Maximum speed of 90 mph • Travel time of about 2.5 hours • Stops in Coon Rapids, Cambridge, Hinckley, and Superior, WI •

Connections to MSP airport and Midwest rail network

  1. The Northern Lights Express (NLX) 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… For more information:
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  3. At-A-Glance: NLX Fact Sheets