Northern Lights Express Money Available

The Federal Railroad Administration will fund half of a $2.2 million study about the feasibility of a passenger rail line between Duluth and the Twin Cities.

The state will pay for the other half of the costs for the proposed line, known as Northern Lights Express.

“I expect this study to demonstrate a positive impact on the environment,” U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., said. "It will take cars off the road, and reduce air pollution and fuel consumption. Because the Northern Lights Express will operate on existing rail lines, it will only have a minimal impact on forests and wetlands.”

The Obama administration’s budget proposals, including the recently signed economic stimulus package, include several rail-related initiatives.