Passenger rail advanced thanks to $1.1M federal grant

Congressman James Oberstar briefed members of the Minneapolis-Duluth Superior Passenger Rail Alliance at its October meeting in Chisholm on federal legislation supporting rail initiatives like Northern Lights Express. NLX was selected as one of 15 rail projects nationwide to receive funds from the Federal Rail Administration.

Congressman James Oberstar briefed members of the Minneapolis-Duluth Superior Passenger Rail Alliance at its October meeting in Chisholm on federal legislation supporting rail initiatives like Northern Lights Express. NLX was selected as one of 15 rail projects nationwide to receive funds from the Federal Rail Administration.

Oberstar presented a $1.1 million mock check to members of the Alliance. Pictured from left: Alliance Chair and St. Louis County Commissioner Steve Raukar; Supervisor Nick Baker; Oberstar; Isanti County Commissioner Larry Southerland; Alliance Vice-Chair and Anoka County Commissioner Dan Erhart; Pine County Commissioner Roger Nelson; St. Louis County Commissioner Keith Nelson; and Lake County Commissioner Paul  Bergman. 

 

The Minneapolis-Duluth/Superior Passenger Rail Alliance is a joint powers board formed to explore options for renewing passenger rail service in the 155 mile corridor. Representatives on the Passenger Rail Alliance include the regional rail authorities of Hennepin, Anoka, Isanti, Pine and St. Louis and Lake counties, and the cities of Minneapolis and Duluth. Also participating are the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe; Douglas County, Wis.; Superior, Wis.; and other agencies and communities in the corridor.

The group is looking at four alternatives, with costs ranging from approximately $200 to $400 million and round trips varying from four to nine per day at different service levels. The National Passenger Rail Study Group in December 2007 identified this corridor as one of eight top priorities for development.

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