Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Disney' started by Bulldog45, Nov 29, 2018.
It would be nice to see Brightline and Virgin to Disney World Station!
Brightline, aka Virgin Trains, starts IPO process | Miami Herald
Looks like they are going public and filing for an IPO to raise additional funds.
Brightline parent raises $1.75B in bonds to build Orlando leg - News - The Palm Beach Post - West Palm Beach, FL
After failing to raise money with the IPO, they raised the additional funds through a bond sale to complete the leg from West Palm Beach to Orlando.
A little late to the party BlogMickey...
Really interested how this will plan out.
36 months to build this much track (where are they building the track?!) is insane. Never going to happen.
What are the expected travel times between the stops?
Idk, Brightline/Virgin has all gone according to plan so far. This isn’t the Skyplex, we have proof that they mean business in Florida so far.
I was just thinking about it in terms of building out any kind of public transit. Transit projects take many, many years. 3-4 years to build many miles of track seems too ambitious.
A key difference from most projects is this is a privately funded project.
Very true. Have they built anything so far? I'm not really familiar with the project at all
There’s a line between West Palm, Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Of course, that used existing track, so this is different.
Assuming it’s the same business, Virgin have a lot of experience with trains in the U.K.
It’s a separate company, Virgin attains USA, with leadership from both Florida East Coast Railways and Virgin Trains Europe. Virgin is going to use this in packages with their cruise ships and flights our of Miami, which I believe will be a main cause for its overall success.
Also, a large portion of the track was rebuilt or at least greatly improved down here because it wasn’t up to standard for passenger rail. The main problem is ROW acquisition, which seems to be going smoothly for them so far.
I’ve never ridden the brightline but I have friends that swear by it. The on site bar helps a lot
The track had to be upgraded and in some places, double tracked. New stations were built.
The track will run parallel to 528, land has already been arranged. As this will be all new track from Cocoa to OIA, it will actually be the high-speed portion of the journey
This makes me wonder how much Disney is paying for their station, because I'm not sure it would otherwise be an optimal choice for Virgin/Brightline. I'm thinking that Disney wants this to do the same thing for guests from Tampa and Miami that DME does for guests who fly into Orlando - trap them in the Disney bubble without a car.
I don't see this as having much appeal for those traveling MCO-WDW, unless Disney decides to build some hotels right next to the station.
I feel like many “Disney-only” travelers will use this. Or even if they are going to Universal. Just take an Uber those days.
And do you really think Disney WON’T capitalize by building a hotel near this thing?
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