Northern Lights Express unveils possible boarding locations in Duluth

By KBJR News 1

May 7, 2014 Updated May 7, 2014 at 6:42 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- The proposed high speed passenger rail service between the Twin Ports and the Twin Cities is moving forward.

The rail authority met with Duluth City Officials, the Duluth Transit Authority, The Metropolitan Interstate Commission, and DECC officials on Monday to discuss proposed boarding locations for the Northern LIghts Express.

On that list; the Duluth Depot, the D-T-A's multimodal facility, and the northwest passage of the DECC.

Public information hearings will be held this summer.

A final decision will be made by December on where the actual train station will go.

Officials also discussed how passengers would be transferred from the train to other modes of transportation such as taxis and hotel shuttles in Duluth.

"Those are the kinds of things we're working out with each community along the line, on how the station works in your town, how you interact with it, your use and facilities will be to accomodate the train rider."

Three alternative routes are being considered with stops in Duluth, Hinckley, Coon Rapids, Cambridge and possibly Superior.

The train is currently in the preliminary engineering, financial planning and ridership study phase.

If all goes well on the project, groundbreaking could take place in 2016.

Results of a ridership survey that was sent out earlier this year should be released this summer.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati