Northern Lights Express high speed rail project still on right track

By KBJR News 1

June 4, 2014 Updated Jun 4, 2014 at 6:11 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- The proposed high speed rail project between Duluth and Minneapolis is still chugging along.

The Northern Lights Express has taken a big step...electing a consultant to evaluate potential train station locations.

Two proposed boarding locations have been selected for each route stop on the train corridor.

The train will have stops in Duluth, Hinckley, Coon Rapids, Cambridge, Minneapolis, and possibly Superior.

The consultant firm will evaluate things like whether roadways are adequate to handle the train traffic, and if the drop off ports are workable.

Consultants will then analyze public input and choose one boarding location in each town.

Results of a ridership survey, that will ultimately decide whether the project will move forward, are expected to be released in August.

"Pieces are falling into place. Decision on moving ahead with the project is gonna be made and moving ahead with the work is gonna be made so we should know a lot here, it's a big year for us," said Bob Manzoline, NLX Alliance Manager.

The next phase in September is hiring roadway consultants to evaluate more than 180 railway crossings along the proposed Northern Lights Express corridor for safety purposes.

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