While the United States may love the freedom of having their own personal vehicle, people in Asian and European countries have embraced train lines for years. Brightline, owned by Fortress Investment Group, is hoping to change the minds of people in the United States with their passenger rail projects. Fortress Investment Group recently acquired another train company, XpressWest, that was founded in 2009.
People make 50 million trips between Southern California and Las Vegas each year, according to the Brightline studies. This makes this route one of the busiest in the United States and the high-speed train line is developing a project between the 2 regions. Before this project, travelers could only make this commute by driving the congested highways or flying by plane. Driving the 270-mile long trip takes around 4 hours.
Fortress Investment Group knows that people are looking for different traveling options and are excited about providing them. The plans that Brightline has in the works for this projects isn’t simply a couple train station stops, there is also a wide array of additional benefits that the project will have have to offer. Nevada’s governor, Brian Sandoval, is excited about what the project could bring to his state and is in full support of it.
It will take a bit of time for the long-term benefits of the project by Fortress Investment Group to become apparent to everyone, but their investors can see the future with the route. The route will eventually have a good impact on the environment as it will create less pollution than other more traditional modes of travel. In addition, the rail line will provide many employment opportunities in the area as well with added shopping, restaurants, and the positions Brightline itself will create in the areas.
Brightline is changing the way the United States sees traveling. While many people believe that trains are a thing of the past, Fortress Investment Group hopes to bring them back to the present and the future. The passenger cars themselves will include food options, free wifi, and electronics charging stations. The experience will combine relaxation with commutes, something a car can’t offer.