Brightline in Oakland Park
In January 2018, All Aboard Florida, a privately owned company which owns and operates the Brightline trains began service along the Florida East Coast (FEC) Railway. For those of us who live in Oakland Park that meant the occasional stop on either side of Dixie Highway to let the high-speed Brightline pass through.
Virgin Takes Over
In November 2018 it was announced that Virgin Rail Group, owned by Sir Richard Branson, would be investing in Brightline. As a result, Brightline trains would be rebranded as Virgin Trains USA. The formal rebrand occurred on April 4, 2019.
No Virgin In Sight
Despite the recent rebranding, I have yet to spot a Virgin, train that is, passing through Oakland Park. According to the Orlando Sentinel Virgin trains will begin appearing on the tracks over the next year. So keep your eye out for a Virgin!
Report Your Virgin Sighting
When you spot a Virgin, post it on the Living In Oakland Park Facebook Group and tag it on social media #virginsightingoaklandpark. Don’t forget to also tag your posts #livinginoaklandpark #wereop. Have fun Virgin watching!
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About the Author
Désirée Ávila has called Oakland Park her home for over 31 years. In addition to publishing LivingInOaklandPark.com , Désirée publishes three other blogs and has been featured in print publications, locally and abroad. Désirée was an award winning teacher for 10 years and has a doctoral level education in Educational Technology. She is currently a licensed Florida Realtor® and is committed to a high-level of professionalism and to helping others with their real estate endeavors through education. Désirée is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, French and Italian.