The city of Miami was built on the decision to bring the railroad to the city by industrialist Henry Flagler when he expanded his railroad to the swampy village. Over a century later, the railroad is not the main form of transportation in the state of Florida as the car has overtaken the train in recent years. The U.S.-based billionaire, Wes Edens has been looking to develop the railroad once more in Florida following his decision to bring state-of-the-art rail services to Florida once more.
Wes Edens had initially established the Brightline rail service taking passengers from Miami to West Palm Beach in around a third of the time of a car journey. The launch of the service has been a success but Wes Edens believed a strategic partnership between himself and an existing passenger rail service with a global reputation would prove successful. Wes Edens had recently purchased the U.K.-based soccer team, Aston Villa and sought the assistance of the British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson when seeking help with ticketing upgrades. Brightline has now become Virgin Trains USA and will be part of the global brand of Sir Richard Branson which has already become a successful rail operator in the U.K. and across Europe. Read more about Wes Edens at newfortressenergy.com
Despite the success of Wes Edens and Sir Richard Branson, the fight to bring the railroad back to success in the U.S. will be a tough one. However, instead of creating a national structure of the linked railroad services crisscrossing the nation, Edens believes the use of shorter journeys too long to drive but too short to fly will prove a success. This new way of offering the best in rail services is designed to attract commuters and tourists with Virgin Trains USA intent on adding a range of new services starting with a dedicated push towards creating a new service linking Los Angeles and Las Vegas in the next few years.