Northern Lights Express

BACKGROUND:
The Northern Lights Express project is a proposed 151-mile, high-speed rail corridor from the Twin Cities to Duluth. The project must comply with Section 106 and NEPA because it received federal funding from the Federal Railroad Administration.

SCOPE:
Our work included contributing to the determination of an area of potential effect; completing an inventory and evaluation of historic resources; and assisting with consultation with federal and state agencies. We also assisted the Minnesota Department of Transportation in preparing a Programmatic Agreement.

OUTCOME:
For this first high-speed rail project in Minnesota and Wisconsin our work informed the planning process and facilitated compliance with federal and state cultural resources regulations to move the project forward in a timely manner.

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