A message from Beth Coulson, one of this week's challenge grant givers:
It’s the last day of our challenge.
To all who’ve donated, thank you! Not only did we blow past our first goal of 125 donations, we met our second goal of 200 to receive a total of $6,000 in bonus challenge grants.
Let's keep this train rolling! If you haven’t given yet, please consider donating now!
If you already donated, please share this challenge with a friend or family member.
A message from Executive Director Richard Harnish:
Two things I love—trains and the Midwest—are perfect for each other. That’s why I’m asking you to join the Midwest High Speed Rail Association.
The Midwest is a unique and wonderful place, but traveling around the region by car is a pain. Things are so spread out, and the weather can make the roads a stressful nightmare.
A message from Hannah Meinen, a member of our Young Professionals Board:
Simply put, I joined the Midwest High Speed Rail Association because I want to take the train more. It provides a platform for my vision of public transportation to be amplified.
I grew up in Indianapolis, where there is practically no form of travel other than a personal vehicle. I’ve lived in Spain, where their transportation locally, nationally and in the E.U. is the best I’ve ever seen.
Please join me in building a reconnected region by making a donation today.
Like you, I’m often asked to support worthy organizations. I gladly choose to contribute to Midwest High Speed Rail Association—and I hope you will as well.
Why? It’s all regional for me.
With a new governor about to take office in Illinois, the state might finally pass a capital bill that could fund Metra’s $5 billion train and track replacement need--and create the core of the Midwest’s regional rail network.
As if we needed another reminder about how pressing this need is, the Chicago region’s beleaguered commuter rail operator suffered two high-profile mechanical failures this week.
Help us build a stronger connections throughout the Midwest
Can you donate today on my Facebook fundraising page? Facebook and PayPal will be matching the first $7 million in donations given through Facebook fundraising pages starting at 9:00 am Central Time today.
The strongest connections between friends, families and communities happen when people spend time together, face-to-face. Trains allow you to be there more often for those important moments. And unlike airplanes and cars, you can meet face-to-face while in motion.
As you have probably heard, tomorrow is Giving Tuesday, or as we prefer to call it: Trainsgiving.
Why are we celebrating?
Fast, frequent, and reliable trains build stronger connections between friends, family, and communities. They bring you closer to the people and places you love. And they’re able to do all of this through the amazing support of people like you. The Midwest High Speed Rail Association links rail supporters with the policy makers that will make these connections a reality here.
Thinking of getting a gift for the rail advocate in your life?
We have a stainless-steel, insulated travel mug available just in time for the holiday season.
It is a great conversation starter and a way for anyone to show their support for fast, frequent and reliable trains in the Midwest.
We also have plenty of posters, hats and keychains that would make great stocking stuffers.
Here’s some great news to kick off the holiday season: The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has finalized new regulations that will make it easier and more affordable to bring modern train designs to the United States. They also make it possible for high-speed trains to use conventional tracks for part of their journey, which is critical to launching and expanding a high-speed network.
Governors play a critical role in implementing passenger rail projects, shepherding them through the perilous journey from idea to reality. This year’s midterm elections will bring several new governors to the Midwest. These new leaders could be allies in our fight for fast, frequent and reliable trains.