Wes Edens is a private equity investor and he also owns the Milwaukie Bucks. Earlier in 2018, he created a solution to one of Florida’s biggest issues. The supposedly forty five minute ride from Miami to Fort Lauderdale was an impossible task due to traffic issues in the area. However, Wes Edens created the United States’ first privately owned passenger train system to allow people to avoid gridlocks and traffic shutdowns in favor of a relaxing and well-accommodated thirty minute ride.
The train is a high speed passenger model that has leather seating, plenty of room, and it even includes free WiFi for it’s passengers to work on or simply browse the internet while enjoying their ride.
Brightline -The train service- is currently only running between Miami and Fort Lauderdale and extends out to West Palm Beach, but there are plans to quickly expand to the Orlando area and even take the train system cross-country. It’s proven to drastically cut travel time and provide customers with a much more comfortable experience than driving does.
The Brightline is also cost effective and affordable for nearly everyone. A one way trip on the luxurious train only costs ten dollars. That’s cheaper than ride sharing services that would cost more than four times that much for the same trip. It’s also a much faster ride than one taken by car. The Brightline train runs at a steady 80 miles per hour and when the Orlando route is implemented it will go as fast as 135 miles per hour for two hours straight.
The Fortress Investment Group that Wes Edens co-owns is planning to dramatically expand the train stations and services that the system provides. Services such as a food court, living spaces, and stores are all planned to be incorporated into the Miami Brightline station and will expand the overall size of the station to more than six city blocks of land. To know more about him click here.
Wes Edens is hesitant to make any promises as to how far the system will expand, but he claims that he wants the Brightline system to stretch far outside of Florida. There has been some talk about a system in Chicago and possibly Texas, but Wes isn’t ready to divulge any information on those possibilities.