Railroads, in spite of their energy, capital, and space efficiencies are significantly underutilized for moving freight and people over land.
Transforming that imbalance and its causes is key to our future.
OnTrackNorthAmerica is rallying the continent to double North American rail freight utilization by 2025.

The Vision: Reinventing the Wheel

Michael Sussman on: Collaboration, Transportation, and Our Shared Future

What caught my attention in 1995 was the declining use of freight railroads and trains in favor of freight highways and trucks – despite the inherent energy, capital, and space efficiencies of rail transport.
I wondered: why do we continue to invest the lion’s share of public and private capital toward less efficiency rather than more efficiency?

So I founded OnTrackNorthAmerica to reverse the commercial, regulatory, and economic dynamics that cause the underutilization of railroads and many other inefficiencies in transportation and infrastructure.

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Michael Sussman, President and Founder
Michael Sussman, President / Founder


OnTrackNorthAmerica is leading these initiatives which together can double North American rail freight utilization by 2025.

Making Rail Utilization a Continental Cause

OTNA is leading the public and its representatives to better understand and embrace policies, programs, and projects for rail development.

Introducing a Whole-System Capitalization Strategy

OTNA forwards whole-system strategies for capitalizing freight logistics and rail development. These approaches leverage limited public and private sector resources and render individual projects easier to fund.

Reinventing the Local Rail Service Network

OTNA is convening a collaborative process to enable private- and public-sector stakeholders to plan and build a more responsive local rail service network.

Optimizing Freight Transportation Land Use

OTNA promotes smart freight transportation land use strategies for maximizing freight transportation performance and efficiency, while reducing pollution and industrial sprawl.

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Transforming Transportation Planning

OTNA advises local, state, and regional planning organizations on our method for producing public-private sector transportation plans that get put into action, not put on the shelf.

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Building a Land Freight Life-Cycle Cost Comparison

OTNA is developing a comprehensive set of metrics that enable full accounting of life-cycle costs by transport mode that includes environmental and land use impacts.

Convening Stakeholder ``IntelliConferences``

OTNA created IntelliConferences to facilitate more productive stakeholder gatherings. We have scheduled two IntelliConferences in 2015 to advance OTNA’s initiatives:

March 26 & 27, 2015
Freight Transportation Land Use Strategy

September 24 & 25, 2015
Introducing a Whole-System Capitalization Strategy

Creating a North American Rail Electrification and Transmission System

OTNA will convene stakeholders to chart the course of continental rail line electrification.

Forwarding Whole-System Thinking in Commerce and Public Policy

OTNA is providing new forums and methods for whole-system thinking and development. Our approaches serve legislators, agencies, advocacy groups, think tanks, businesses, and individuals; helping to improve coordination and collaboration within the transportation sector.


OnTrackNorthAmerica is a collaboration of many individuals from industry, academia, government, and community. We value their diverse interests and perspectives  in contributing to OnTrackNorthAmerica’s progress.

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