The county and Brightline will continue negotiations on who will operate the commuter line.
Miami-Dade County commissioners approved a 90-year access agreement with Brightline, moving along plans for a commuter line that would run through Miami.
Commissioners unanimously approved the access fee Friday proposed by Miami-based Brightline, which has access to the rail line running from Miami to Aventura that the county wants to add stops along.
The county will pay Brightline $12 million per year for the next 30 years for access to the line, and must make an initial payment of $50 million to Brightline and parent company Florida East Coast Industries.
The commuter line would operate between Brightline’s existing MiamiCentral station in downtown Miami and its upcoming Aventura station near Aventura Mall. The stations in between, meanwhile, have not yet been determined.
The two parties are currently considering stations near Florida International University (FIU), North Miami and the Miami neighborhoods of El Portal, Little Haiti, the Design District and Wynwood.