Brightline Is Now Owned by Fortress Investment Group Partnership with Virgin

The Fortress Investment Group railway system is set to create a strategic partnership with the Virgin Group to grow the business. Brightline has been America’s largest intercity rail system that has operated for a century.

The partnership is expected to help the Fortress Investment Group company leverage on the popularity of the Virgin Group. Brighline shall utilize the partnering company’s expertise and its customer’s experience to create a powerful brand. In May, the rail system expanded its services to West Palm Beach and Miami and there are plans to extend services to commuters in Tampa and even Orlando. Learn more at

In a statement by the Brightline chairman, who also happens to be one of the founders of Fortress Investment Group, he said that the partnership is a leap forward for the railway system. It is in the efforts or reinventing the state of train travel in the country. Brightline has agreed to the partnership with Virgin because it is a respected brand that shares the company’s focus on continuously improving the customers’ experience.

As part of the partnership agreement, Fortress Investment Group shall retain the majority ownership of Brightline while Virgin group shall be the minority owner. Other conditions are that there shall be no change in the management team of Brightline and the company shall change its name to Virgin Trains USA.

Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin announced that this is the ideal partnership that the company requires to change the perceptions and the travel habits that currently exist across the country. Over the years, Fortress Investment Group has managed to create a railway system that is at the forefront in innovation ahead of other providers in the transport sector

This FIG owned railway system has been the only privately owned rail service system in the country that has been offering fast and efficient services. Virgin, on the other hand, has succeeded greatly through innovating the transport business. Over the years, Virgin has made significant transformations to domestic air travel. The partnership is a wish come true for Virgin because for the past ten years it has been searching for an opportunity to transform the railway service and offer the commuters a similar experience to that Virgin America