"No Significant Impact" on Environmental Assessment of Northern Lights Express

By KBJR News 1

"No Significant Impact" on Environmental Assessment of Northern Lights Express

September 5, 2013 Updated Sep 5, 2013 at 12:16 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Federal Railroad Administration says they have not found significant environmental impacts from the proposed Northern Lights Express Passenger Rail Project between Minneapolis and Duluth.

The FRA issued a Finding of No Significant Impact on the Tier 1 Service Level Environmental Assessment for the Northern Lights Express High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Project.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation, serving as the responsible governmental unit, also has issued a Findings of Fact and Conclusion and a Negative Declaration, indicating that a state Environmental Impact Statement is not required

This now means that the NLX Project can proceed to the preliminary engineering and Tier 2 project level environmental documentation phase. This next step will take about two years to complete.

The Tier 1 environmental assessment examined the 155 mile project corridor for social, economic and environmental impacts. The proposed project includes constructing necessary infrastructure for a high-speed intercity passenger rail service between Minneapolis and Duluth, a portion of which travels through Douglas County in Wisconsin.

Trains will reach speeds up to 110 miles per hour.

The Federal Railroad Administration's assessment can be found on the FRA's website.

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