A $1.5 billion passenger train that would link Orlando with Miami is just one deal away from becoming a reality.
The Coral Gables company behind the privately financed project has won two critical agreements it needs to begin construction.
All Aboard Florida railroad got the approval Wednesday from Orlando's main road building to lay tracks on land along the BeachLine Expressway. A similar arrangement was made late Tuesday with the state, which also owns part of the BeachLine.
That means All Aboard Florida only needs a deal with its final destination, Orlando International Airport, to complete its route through Central Florida.
Train representatives will meet Friday with airport officials to talk again, said Mike Reininger, president and chief development officer of All Aboard Florida.