Richard Branson is ‘100% confident’ that Virgin Trains will come to Tampa

Listen to the rich guy.

click to enlarge Richard Branson is ‘100% confident’ that Virgin Trains will come to Tampa
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If you’re prone to believing shit that super-rich white dudes say, then get ready for some higher-speed rail to eventually come to Tampa.

That’s according to British billionaire Richard Branson who told WTVT Fox 13 that he’s “100% confident” that his recently rebranded Virgin Trains USA will land in our neck of the woods.

“Obviously reassured we just raised $1.8 billion to do the first major leg of that,” Branson told the station. “I’m absolutely certain that Tampa will be getting Virgin Trains in the very near future.”

Brightline, err, Virgin Trains USA, already runs from South Florida to Orlando, and the murmurs about a link along I-4 to Tampa were already known, but it’s pretty cool to hear it from the money guy, right?

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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