Our Northern Lights Express line would allow families living near the proposed Duluth-to-Minneapolis line to safely and comfortably arrive at Target Field Station and then transfer to a greatly improved Twin Cities public transportation network.
With the $789 billion federal stimulus bill expected to be signed Monday, many local government agencies already have their hands out seeking money for buses, rail, green roofs, windows, roads and trails.
The estimated cost of the Northern Lights Express high-speed rail line reached $560 million Wednesday as the Minneapolis-Duluth/ Superior Passenger Rail Alliance Board discussed recommendations for track improvements along the line.
Calling the proposed Northern Lights Express, or NLX, a “Train to Nowhere” insulted not only Duluthians but the entire region. Contrary to misinformation in a commentary written this month (and found elsewhere on this page) by Taxpayers League of Minnesota President Phil Krinkie, the proposed NLX is both a “Train to Somewhere” and a “Train from Somewhere.”
Authorities for the Northern Lights Express high-speed rail line will have to decide whether to build a new, 30-mile section of track that would vastly improve train speeds between Superior and Sandstone.
The catch? An estimated increase of $60 million to $90 million to the current $400 million price tag.
The track improvement is one of more than 10 variables being considered for the 150-mile route from Duluth to Minneapolis, according to a new feasibility study by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway.
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