BRIGHTLINE WILL PAY FOR SOME CROSSING MAINTENANCE BUT NOT ON THE TREASURE COAST. In an attempt to strong-arm local governments, Brightline stated it will pay for pricey crossing maintenance for some communities that have not opposed its project - this could cost Martin and Indian River counties up to $20 million by 2030, according to court documents.
Apparently, Brightline had made several offers to Martin and Indian River counties "to cover the annual maintenance costs for Treasure Coast counties for a specified period of time" if "they agree to drop their current lawsuit and forgo any future lawsuit."
Indian River County Attorney Dylan Reingold disagrees. "I'm aware of a deal they made with Brevard County, but that's the only one I'm aware of. If they want to provide information on other deals to the public I'd be thrilled to see it," Reingold said.
"I do not contemplate the offer of paying maintenance costs for a couple years being a turning point," Reingold adds. "We're concerned about paying for the improvements for eternity."
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