Minnesota Department of Transportation

Project Name

Northern Lights Express Service Development Plan


Minneapolis/St. Paul-Duluth, MN

Project Description

Quandel Consultants prepared a Service Development Plan (SDP) for the NLX Project, a proposed 150-mile intercity passenger rail corridor between Minneapolis/St. Paul and Duluth, MN.  The SDP lays out the overall scope and approach for implementing the proposed NLX service.  The elements of the NLX SDP include:

  • Purpose and Need
  • Service Rationale
  • Alternatives Analysis
  • Planning Methodology
  • Ridership and Revenue
  • Operations
  • Stations
  • Conceptual Engineering
  • Operating and Maintenance Costs
  • Public Benefits

The NLX SDP, when paired with the NLX Environmental Assessment, forms the NLX Passenger Rail Corridor Investment Plan.  The PRCIP is a set of documents required by Federal Railroad Administration and will enable the NLX project to apply for federal grant money for future final design and construction funding.