Most of our collective thoughts about locomotives are from an era that has long since gone by. We don’t necessarily think of them as being part of the solution to the transportation needs that we have today. However, that is why Wes Edens is such a revolutionary person. He realized that there were places where a train system could make economic sense.
The test case for Wes Edens and his investment company called Fortress Investment Group is in South Florida. The train system is called Brightline and it is wholly owed by the Fortress Investment Group. It currently runs from Miami to Fort Lauderdale in an impressive thirty minutes. That cuts down a trip that supposed takes forty-five minutes by car. In reality, those who make the commute regularly know that this journey is typically longer than just forty-five minutes. Thus, the time savings alone on the Brightline idea are quite impressive.
This is just the very early stages of Brightline as far as Wes Edens is concerned. He sees it going on well beyond just the state of Florida. He would like to expand to other states and really any other place that is in need of new methods of transportation that they are not already using in some way.
It is a genius move say many that Wes Edens has taken something that typically annoys commuters and works in a solution for them. He does so by also making sure to keep his prices competitive. An Uber ride between Miami and Fort Lauderdale would set you back up to forty dollars. However, a ride on Brightline train is a very reason ten dollars. The choice is yours, but a lot of people are starting to see the enormous benefit that comes with using the train.
Wes Edens is going to always be on the lookout for new ideas that Fortress Investment Group can put its money to work in. Don’t be surprised if you see him involved in other industries that you are highly familiar with in the near future. He is just the kind of person to makes moves like that.