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Message from an MHSRA Board Member

December 23, 2015

Greetings! I am a member of the Midwest High Speed Rail Association (MHSRA) and recently joined the Association’s Board of Directors. I would like to share with you why I contribute to MHSRA and what the Association means to me personally.

If you value transportation as much as I do, I urge you to help MHSRA begin 2016 in the right direction with a contribution of $100 or more. Gifts of all sizes are welcome and are critical to helping MHSRA mobilize elected officials to call for greater investments in passenger rail.

As a kid growing up in Houston, I used to love highways and railroads. At the age of 6, I could tell my mom how to get from one neighborhood to another or where the next railroad crossing was, practically with my eyes closed. As I grew older, this fascination changed into frustration and I began to notice the inefficient use of transportation resources, especially in under developed urban or poor communities. My passion led to a career in mechanical engineering to try to understand nature and create new innovative ways to make life easier.

After working at Fermi Lab in the west suburbs of Chicago, I chose to become a member of the Midwest High Speed Rail Association. It represented the very heart of who I was as a person, what excited me, and how I can give back to the very community that ignited that passion.  

To this day, my passion for MHSRA and its mission continues to grow. Whether it’s CrossRail Chicago, fixing Union Station, improving passenger rail connections to other Midwest cities, or just being an inspiration for other US regions to follow, MHSRA embodies the vision and mission needed to connect communities and make those communities livable, commutable, vibrant, and healthy.

I am proud to be a member of the MHSRA community. I respectfully hope you will join me and more than 1500 members of MHSRA by considering a tax-deductible, year-end donation to help bring fast, frequent, and dependable trains to the Midwest.

Sincere regards,

Maurice Ball

Board Member Midwest High Speed Rail Association