The Virgin Trains brand is one of the best known in Europe and has an affiliation with the luxury airline bearing the same branding. Wes Edens is the business brain behind the launch of what was originally known as Brightline Rail Services but has recently been rebranded to provide a sense of global recognition based on the success of the Virgin brand throughout the world. As with most ventures undertaken by Wes Edens, the focus is not solely on profits but also on making a positive impact on the planet.
Looking at the traffic problems facing the people of Florida inspired Wes Edens to seek out ways to change the way travel is completed in the Sunshine State. Edens is a believer in new energy and travel options designed to create a more energy efficient future for the planet. Snarled traffic has been a growing problem for residents and visitors to Florida for decades and remains a problem government officials are not willing to handle. After seeing a journey from Miami to Fort Lauderdale take upwards of two hours when the journey should take around 45 minutes, Wes Edens decided to act.
Brightline launched as the first privately-owned passenger rail service in the U.S. since the early 1980s in January 2018 under the leadership of the Fortress Investments founder and co-Chair. Addressing the traffic problems in Florida did not mean skimping on the luxury of what is now known as Virgin Trains USA as the high-speed rail service looks to expand.
Wes Edens has already received approval for Federal funding to expand the services offered in Florida from the existing Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach line to include Orlando. Edens has never been an investor willing to curb his enthusiasm and dreams, which is why he has also sought to find the next area in need of a Virgin Trains USA service. XpressWest is a growing West Coast company looking to link Las Vegas and Southern California by rail which was purchased by Virgin Trains USA towards the end of 2018.
Learn more about Wes Edens: https://www.fortress.com/about