Duluth doesn’t have the population base to support NLX. But the Twin Cities does. Duluth also doesn’t have traffic congestion like in the Twin Cities. Commuters from northern suburbs, and from as far north as Hinckley, would welcome a daily train ride into the Twin Cities for work — and would help make up the bulk of NLX’s ridership.
Northern Lights Express is one of at least six potential new passenger-service corridors that are being methodically studied and evaluated, and MnDOT recognizes the vital and significant place that the Twin Ports has in the region.
Northern Minnesota is not good country for elephants, but it will be home to one of the biggest and whitest if the public and private boosters of the Northern Lights Express persist in pushing the idea that high-speed rail service between Duluth and the Twin Cities makes sense.
The council split 5 to 4 in a vote to spend $50,000 to be a part of the Minneapolis-Duluth/Superior Passenger Rail Alliance, which is developing a high-speed train line between the Twin Ports and the Twin Cities.
On paper, Hinckley is more popular than the Twin Ports. More Northern Lights Express passengers would use a station built near Grand Casino in Hinckley than both a Superior depot and Duluth terminal, if annual ridership figures from a feasibility study for the proposed rail line play out as projected.
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