In June, Virgin Trains, formerly Brightline, celebrated one million riders since it first began service in January 2018.
“This milestone shows the demand for new ways to travel and the need for greater connectivity in South Florida and other areas of the country,” said Patrick Goddard, Virgin Trains president. “While we're still in the adoption phase, our inaugural year showed great promise and tremendous opportunity to reinvent passenger rail in America.”
The one million rides had the following positive sustainable environmental impact:
- 400,000 less car trips;
- reduction of 15 million pounds of CO2 emissions;
- 750,000 less fuel gallons for cars, representing roughly $2 million in savings; and
- cumulative time savings of 76 years with each passenger saving an average of 40 minutes over driving.
Virgin Trains provides rail service in Florida between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. The company plans to expand rail service into Orlando and Tampa.