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#41 CHamilton

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Posted 21 November 2014 - 08:54 PM

Open houses slated for proposed Minneapolis-Duluth high-speed rail service

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will host four open houses next month to solicit public input and answer questions on the proposed Northern Lights Express (NLX) high-speed rail line between Minneapolis and Duluth, Minn.

The meetings will held Dec. 4 in Superior, Wis.; Dec. 8 in Sandstone, Minn.; Dec. 9 in Cambridge, Minn.; and Dec. 10 in Hinckley, Minn., according to a MnDOT press release. NLX stations have been proposed for Cambridge, Hinckley and Superior, while Sandstone is being considered as a potential site for a light maintenance facility.

 

 


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Posted 27 November 2014 - 12:33 AM

I don't see how this project is progressing without Anoka County on board.  I'd agree that it's much more important to finish the Northstar line to St. Cloud, especially because the present poor performance of the Northstar is used as a stick to beat every other rail transit project in the Twin Cities.  Almost as though it was designed intentionally to fail.

Northstar was originally supposed to run all the way to St. Cloud but a certain congresswoman from MN moved to kill the funds for extended service. This decision was probably based on ideology and not economics.



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Posted 09 December 2014 - 11:00 PM

Five-million dollars in federal grant money is now paying for preliminary engineering studies. An additional $3 million in state bonding dollars will cover early environmental reviews.

Both studies should be completed in early 2016.

The biggest hurdle will follow that when applications are made for construction funding. That would happen sometime in 2016, which just happens to be a presidential election year when funding could be difficult to secure.

But should it be successful, construction could begin by 2017 with completion and operation scheduled for early 2020.

 

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Posted 10 December 2014 - 08:00 AM

If this comes together, I hope they're able to work out a second CHI-MSP train that either connects or runs through.  For reference, vis-a-vis the winter 1980 timetable, the Builder and North Star are an hour faster CHI-MSP; if MSP-Duluth takes two hours as planned, that would be another 1:45 off of the old timetable (a 13:05 trip would be plugged in at about 10:20 or so now).  Granted, this would still be a good route for an overnight train to connect through...but that's a good third/fourth train.  A through connection of any sort would serve both services well.


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Posted 09 March 2018 - 05:20 PM

The Northernlights Express High Speed Rail project has received an approved NEPA Environmental Assessment approval finding from the FRA. The project stakeholders can now work to find funding and build this HSR Passenger Rail project.

https://www.progress...-project--54144

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Posted 10 March 2018 - 12:50 AM

Apparently anything that travels a few mph above 79 is considered “High Speed” in the US these days. How 20th Century!


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