The Brightline train line that is the creation of Fortress Investment Group’s co-founder Wes Edens has had a great early run of success since the service was launched in South Florida. The impact that this privately financed, intercity train service is having on the commuters in the South Florida region is impressive, to say the least, and it is catching a lot of attention as well. There have already been significant plans to expand Brightline now that the Miami to Fort Lauderdale service is doing so well. Orlando to Tampa could well prove to be the next move that Wes Edens makes with this service and there have been rumors of the Brighline coming to city combos such as St. Louis to Chicago and also Charlotte to Atlanta. Now with all of this great news, Wes Edens and the Brighline team have recently announced a new and exciting development that involves partnering with world-renowned firm Virgin Group which is headed up by none other than Richard Branson. More about of Wes Edens at Crunchbase.
Richard Branson will now team up with Wes Edens and Fortress Investment Group as Virgin takes a minority stake in the Brightline train service that will now be renamed under the title of Virgin Trains USA. Virgin is a company that has its hands in may different types of business models ranging from travel to the commucations industry. The company is already involved significantly in the intercity train business with its Virgin Trains service that operates in the United Kingdom. This makes the partnership with Wes Edens and his train service a perfect match. Virgin Trains USA represents the next step in the marketing and expansion of this exciting new concept in public transport.
Wes has had his hands into a lot of different business ventures in recent years. These range from his constant presence at Fortress Investment Group to his pro sports ownership of teams like the Bucks of Milwaukee and the Aston Villa Soccer Club. Now with Virgin Trains USA beginning to expand, the future looks to be full of many more exciting chapters.