Oberstar On NLX Cost
The price of the Northern Lights Express- the proposed high speed rail line between Duluth and Minneapolis- may reach as high as $1 billion, according to a report by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. However, Congressman Jim Oberstar, who is a supporter of the project, says there are options to help bring the cost down.
Speaking to reporters Monday, Oberstar said he doesn’t see the need for a billion dollar investment, but thinks its important to get the line on track.
Part of the proposed plans for the line is to include stops in Pine County, possibly Hinckley and Sandstone. The Star Tribune report states one cost saving measure is to eliminate a second track that would run from Sandstone to Superior, WI. Oberstar says this will make a faster commute from Minneapolis to Duluth, but also mean less service for Pine County riders.
The Northern Lights Express Rail Alliance meets in Pine City, monthly, and Oberstar says the group is willing to do what is needed to get the line up and running.
The proposed rail line will cover 155 miles running at speeds up to 110 mph and could receive up to 80-percent of funding from federal money. The other 20-percent will come from the state or local level.