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Northern Lights Express discussion scheduled today

An open house is scheduled in Duluth on the proposed passenger rail that would run between the Twin Ports and the Twin Cities four times a day.

The Northern Lights Express project's estimated costs, benefits, ridership and service plans are expected to be discussed at the open house beginning at 6 p.m. today at the Depot, 506 Michigan St.

Project advocates announced in December that the project could be up and running by 2020 if funding became available. The proposed plan is a scaled-down version of the original plan and would cost less than previously estimated, travel at a slower speed and have fewer stops.