High speed rail project between Duluth and Twin Cities closer to construction

By KBJR News 1

High speed rail project between Duluth and Twin Cities closer to construction

April 3, 2014 Updated Apr 3, 2014 at 1:12 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The proposed high speed rail between the Twin Ports and the Twin Cities is inching closer to construction.

The Northern Lights Express is in a preliminary engineering phase that looks at different operations of the project, different construction, and different ways to build the rail.

Consultants are preparing preliminary designs for roadways and bridges that need to be modified along the rail route.

The project is also in the middle of a financial planning and ridership study that started in the fall of 2013.

"We try to figure out kind of the sweet spot of cost, what would generate the most ridership, most revenue, and what will work best for the people on the corridor and the state," said Bob Manzoline, NLX Alliance Manager.

The train will stop in Hinckley, Coon Rapids, Cambridge and possibly Superior.

The Preliminary engineering and financial planning and ridership study will wrap up at the end of 2015.

If all goes as planned, groundbreaking on the Northern Lights Express could start in 2016.

Written for the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnati@kbjr.com

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