High Speed Trains in America? Virgin is training the US on course to make it that way
(CNN) – Japan has its famous Shinkasens, Russia its Maglevs, France its TGVs.
A railway company has high hopes of bringing high-speed railways to America. Brightline Trains, which describe themselves as "America's first major private intercity railroad for more than a century," have just received a big vote of confidence from Richard Branson's Virgin Group.
The Virgin Group has acquired a minority shareholding in Brightline, which will be officially renamed as Virgin Trains USA in January 201
Currently, the company focuses on Florida by operating high-speed passenger trains between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Brightline Train Dinners "/>
A sample of the breakfast fare available on board a Brightline Train
In 2019, Virgin Trains USA hopes to begin and then route between Orlando and Tampa Working on an ambitious project to connect Los Angeles and Las Vegas via the same high-speed trains.
"Tens of millions of Americans travel by rail daily, and we've been trying for over a decade to find a way to give them the same outstanding services offer service experience, "said Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin, in a statement to the press.
" Brightline is at the forefront of innovation in this market and the ideal partner for Virgin to deal with perceptions and travel habits in the United States. "
At present, the majority of Americans are predominantly traveling by car, and according to Census data, between 2012 and 2016, only about five percent of US employees regularly travel by public transport, including the subway or regional train.
One of the most popular routes flown from Virgin America? Los Angeles to Las Vegas, which sounds like many of the former Virgin Diehards have instead been carrying the train.