Pine County withdraws from the NLX Alliance

Updating an earlier discussion about the controversial Northern Lights Express rail line from Minneapolis to Duluth, Ailene Croup sends along this article from the Nov. 21 2013 issue of the Hinckley News (quoted with permission). Pine County Board, at Tuesday’s regular meeting, voted 4-0 not to pay membership in the Northern Lights Express (NLX) Alliance. … Continue reading Pine County withdraws from the NLX Alliance

NLX redux

I get into a Letter to the Editors battle over in Pine City. I am responding to this about everyone’s favorite intercity rail project, the Northern Lights Express. Keep in mind that the titles of Letters to the Editor are written by the editors, not the author. Metcalf off the rails on NLX project Posted: … Continue reading NLX redux

Adventures in Forecasting Intercity Rail: NLX edition

Projections around the proposed intercity railway “Northern Lights Express (NLX)” line from Duluth to Twin Cities are presented below. The first two columns of data are from the Statewide Rail plan, funded by MnDOT, prepared by Cambridge Systematics (lead). The last column is from the recent draft Environmental Assessment by USDOT, MnDOT and WisDOT State … Continue reading Adventures in Forecasting Intercity Rail: NLX edition

High-speed rail to Duluth gains steam

MnDaily reports on: High-speed rail to Duluth gains steam I get quoted. The project’s estimated price tag is $750 million. Bob Manzoline, with the Regional Rail Authority, said that NLX is expected to carry 800,000 passengers annually. David Levinson, a University of Minnesota civil engineering professor and an expert in transportation studies, disagreed with Manzoline’s … Continue reading High-speed rail to Duluth gains steam