Northern Lights Express Project

This project is provided to conduct the required planning effort or study to determine the requirements for rehabilitation of the rail line from Minneapolis to Duluth, and provide data and summary reports when required. The scope of work covers an engineering study of necessary improvements to the rail line from Minneapolis to Duluth to enable it to handle higher speed rail passenger service. The study will address the following issues: Track Improvements: Existing 155 mile BNSF Railroad from Minneapolis to Duluth via Hinckley Subdivision will be improved from Class III & IV to Class V & VI. Track upgrades include: Switches Short span bridges; Ties Ballast; Culverts Crossings; Rail; Grading Curves/Cants.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Program Information: Transportation, Planning, Research and Development


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Department of Transportation

    Office of the Secretary
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
    Washington, DC    20590
  • Project Managers:

    Resor, Randolph

  • Performing Organizations:

    Federal Railroad Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Principal Investigators:

    Alexander, Alice

  • Start Date: 20100930
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20121231
  • Source Data: RiP Project 31107

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01492355
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DTOS59-07-X-99056
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Sep 6 2013 1:01AM