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NORTHERN LIGHTS EXPRESS

The Northern Lights Express, or NLX, would connect downtown Minneapolis to the St. Louis County Depot in Duluth. Stops are planned in Coon Rapids, Cambridge, Hinckley and Superior, Wis. 
For years, the Northern Lights Express rail project has failed to gain traction in the Minnesota Legislature, largely due to GOP opposition.
From the column: "Not building NLX would allow increasing traffic jams, faster wear and tear of our highway and interstate pavement, and the continued poisonous pollution of vehicle exhaust along the Interstate 35 corridor."
It is estimated that 700,000 passengers would commute per year on the NLX, MnDOT said.

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From the column: "Modern passenger trains are no more obsolete than any other type of public transportation. ... Across the U.S. and around the world, the public and private sectors are investing billions in building and/or expanding passenger-train networks."
Sen. Jen McEwen, DFL-Duluth: "People want choices. They don’t want to be tied down to having to use their cars, with no other options.”
Efficient movement of goods, services and people, fuels our economy.
From the column: "The proposed Twin Ports-to-Twin Cities Northern Lights Express train would significantly reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and decrease the chance of a devastating climate catastrophe."
Federal money is available to pay for up to 80% of the project if the Minnesota Legislature commits 20%.

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