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Why Fortress and Virgin are Betting Big on Florida’s New Train

Why Fortress and Virgin are Betting Big on Florida’s New Train

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  • Really excited to see private rail growth in the US it’s a great way to travel for areas you can’t fly from. More importantly it’s competitive in providing amenities that will only encourage folks to use it (not like some of our older crumbling publicly run rail networks).

  • Worthwhile to think about the growth of private mass transportation, especially in the context of how poorly some of the infrastructure in the United States is in dire need of an overhaul. See article on NYC subwsys: https://share.qz.com/news/2468223

  • They found the sweet spot: Too long to drive, too short to fly. You can push the too short side out a ways if you keep prices below airlines and make it quicker to get in and out.

  • I wish this post was from the year 2005 (or earlier). Still, it is encouraging on most all accounts. I found it funny, the line that was something to the effect of, ‘betting passengers trains were the future of transportation’. Yes, they NEED to be and in many ways will be by necessity. We’re just a

    I wish this post was from the year 2005 (or earlier). Still, it is encouraging on most all accounts. I found it funny, the line that was something to the effect of, ‘betting passengers trains were the future of transportation’. Yes, they NEED to be and in many ways will be by necessity. We’re just a couple/few decades behind building the infrastructure for it. And that was no accident, thanks to the automotive industry...

  • As someone who uses the metro/tri rail in south Florida daily an upgrade would be nice. However these private rails nearly three times as expensive. I dont know how practical that would be when the majority of people are living pay check to pay check. Why pay more? Especially when the county rail has

    As someone who uses the metro/tri rail in south Florida daily an upgrade would be nice. However these private rails nearly three times as expensive. I dont know how practical that would be when the majority of people are living pay check to pay check. Why pay more? Especially when the county rail has more stops and more frequent departures compared to brightline. I sure do hope its practical.

  • Mass rail transit is the way to go! Living in Japan, it's a fabulous way to get around. A step in the right direction!

  • Fast train rail networks both private and public integrated with airports and large electric car public transportation lines in major cities and small driverless electric car stations in less crowded centers is the future of the passenger ground transportation that would in turn neccessitate major adjustment

    Fast train rail networks both private and public integrated with airports and large electric car public transportation lines in major cities and small driverless electric car stations in less crowded centers is the future of the passenger ground transportation that would in turn neccessitate major adjustment of current automobile and airline industries.

  • I experienced Brightline this year visiting Miami. Only good things to say for the trip between Wildor Manors and Miami.

  • Privatization of rail seems the expedient route to modernizing America’s embarrassing train system. Not only does it sidestep the endless passing-the-buck between the states of who will pay for railway upkeep, private ownership can provide trains with modern accommodations that will draw commuters. Critically

    Privatization of rail seems the expedient route to modernizing America’s embarrassing train system. Not only does it sidestep the endless passing-the-buck between the states of who will pay for railway upkeep, private ownership can provide trains with modern accommodations that will draw commuters. Critically, private ownership has the potential to pay competitive wages and benefits to employees. An efficient and reliable train system, maybe leading to high-speed rail, is a considerable step towards greener commutes. Infrastructure policy makers should watch these projects closely.

  • Addicted as I am to most things transportation I actually believe that railways will have to return in some form. There are too many examples to dismiss . As the economy of north America shifts from fossil fuels electric trains will be an obvious solution.

  • This great news. If the US railroad industry can be jump-started back to life after decades of neglect, it should have major benefits for the economy and for simple movement all over the country. This project in particular should be very important— Florida is a big state with few ways to get around it

    This great news. If the US railroad industry can be jump-started back to life after decades of neglect, it should have major benefits for the economy and for simple movement all over the country. This project in particular should be very important— Florida is a big state with few ways to get around it, and the train should be high-visibility enough to inspire similar projects elsewhere.

    The only reason Americans don’t take trains is that most American railroads are pretty decrepit. Give customers an attractive, reliable, modern option and they’ll take it— no traffic to worry about, and both easier and cheaper than flying.

  • I regularly drive from Gainesville, Florida, to Miami, (with stops along the way) for business. I can't wait to drive to Orlando, park, and ride the Virgin Brightline to Miami, with stops in WPB and FTL. Having lived in Europe and experiencing the convenience of rail systems I am glad to see something like this happening.

  • It is the speed as well as accessibility are important Then comes frequency If other advanced as well as developing countries can do, US Certainly should be

  • Well hot diggity dog. People with deep enough pockets and the experience to go with them have finally jumped on this idea.

  • This is how Atlas Shrugged happened.

  • Finally! The lack of viable mass transit in the US is such an embarrassment. Something I've learned from traveling and living abroad is that people elsewhere think everyone in the US owns a car and a gun.

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