high-speed train Privately-Owned Rail Company In Florida Gets Richard Branson As New Partner By NPR Staff • Nov 29, 2018 Land Rover MENA / Wikimedia Commons Entrepreneur Richard Branson is adding his name and money to a new privately-owned rail line in Florida. The branding comes at an important time for the new service, as its expanding to Orlando. Brightline Partners With Virgin Group For Tampa To Orlando Train Line By Eillin Delapaz • Nov 20, 2018 Caitie Switalski / WLRN A $1.7 billion high-speed rail system that would connect Tampa to Orlando is expected to begin operating in 2021. That's according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing released last Friday. Florida Set To Launch Country's First Private High-Speed Train Service By Samantha Raphelson • Dec 8, 2017 The country's first private high-speed rail service is opening this month in Florida, promising to transform congested South Florida highways by taking as many as 3 million cars off the road.