The first privately-owned rail service to operate in the U.S. since the early 1980s launched in January 2018 to much fanfare to start a busy year for investor Wes Edens. The co-founder of Fortress Investments has spent much of 2018 exploring the many different options open to him for driving forward his investment portfolio outside the Fortress Group. Along with the launch of the Broghtline rail service, Edens has taken on a greater role with the Milwaukee Bucks NBA franchise and become co-owner of the English soccer team, Aston Villa. Check out nbcsports.com to read more about Wes Edens
Brightline launched in January 2018 with its first high-speed rail line operating between Miami and West Palm Beach. An extension of this line is already under construction taking the extension from West Palm Beach to Orlando to extend the range of the service. There have been few attempts made to bring commuter and tourist rail services to the U.S. in the last three decades in such a luxurious and high-speed fashion. Wes Edens backed the Brighline service as he felt the lower travel time of using the service would be a success with the majority of commuters who spend hours traveling by road. Brightline is hoping to cut travel times to mere minutes and use a mobile app to make the booking of tickets as simple as possible.
Wes Edens has picked one of the busiest times of his business life to work on creating a network of passenger rail services he hopes will one day criss-cross the country under the Brightline banner. In the Summer of 2018, Wes Edens had a number of announcements for his investors and the public to enjoy including details of Brightline’s acquiring of the XpressWest brand hoping to create a commuter rail service between Las Vegas and Southern California. At a similar time, Wes Edens was opening the new basketball arena built for his Milwaukee Bucks NBA franchise and working on a deal to secure an ownership partnership between himself and Nassef Sawiris to purchase the Aston Villa soccer club.
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