Virgin Trains and Virgin Hyperloop in Florida. Train meeting in Jupiter.
Oct 16, 2019 —
Gov. DeSantis and the CEO of Virgin Hyperloop One, Jay Walder, had a 5:00 p.m. phone conversation yesterday about Virgin Hyperloop in Florida. Richard Branson partnered with Hyperloop in 2017. Hyperloop would make All Aboard Florida/Brightline/Virgin Trains virtually obsolete for travel between Miami and Orlando. However, All Aboard Florida has drastically changed its original business model by adding more stops in S. Florida. Hyperloop is the future of transportation. For more information about Virgin Hyperloop One, please visit https://hyperloop-one.com/global-challenge-winners/#florida
On Monday, Brightline/Virgin Trains met in Jupiter with a room full of opposition. Typical of the company's antics, with a straight face, Rusty Roberts, VP of Corporate Development, claimed the company is privately funded and not using taxpayer dollars all the while at the same time in Miami-Dade, the Train is asking for 76 million taxpayer dollars to build a train station near the Aventura mall.
"Miami-Dade may spend $76 million to build a train station near the Aventura Mall to serve the for-profit Virgin Trains USA rail service, using money for Metrorail and buses to create a new transit hub in one of the most congested areas along the coast.
Miami-Dade would use the county's half-percent transportation tax to purchase land for the station, and then Virgin would build the station using public dollars, according to a draft memo by Mayor Carlos Gimenez. The Gimenez administration last week was pushing for the agreement to receive its first and final vote before the County Commission on Thursday, but a source familiar with the planning said Monday night that a special meeting next week is more likely.
Virgin, which used to be called Brightline, agreed to give Aventura-bound passengers a 35 percent discount off its normal fare for trips between Miami and Fort Lauderdale. A trip from Miami to Fort Lauderdale costs $15 today, so a ticket to Aventura would cost no more than $9.75 one-way under the formula in the agreement. Virgin would pay to operate the station and service, using its existing trains and staff."
For the complete article, please visit https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article235638977.html?fbclid=IwAR15b5Hx2qb1asHa-yjBjudH4mWQzXGIZ-ccYY71vk_AZ_RLNdX-GVFNKe8
The train met a displeased crowd in Jupiter on Monday night. 'We don't want you here': Virgin Trains USA hears it from Jupiter residents'
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