Mission

OnTrackNorthAmerica is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit* action think tank for expanding the capacity and footprint of rail transportation within an optimal system in service to the economy, environment, and quality of life.

DSCF3607 72 BridgesOnTrackNorthAmerica’s initiatives for whole-systems infrastructure planning are designed to:

  • Advance coordination and collaboration among industry, government, and community.
  • Lead the implementation of freight transportation land use strategies.
  • Reverse the decline of direct rail service.
  • Expand investment in rail transportation.
  • Implement a new model for transportation planning: Transportation Action Planning.
  • Augment competition for individual gain with coordination and collaboration in the best interests of the community.
  • Support the optimization of all transport modes within a balanced freight logistics system.

*View our IRS 501(c)(3) designation letter

Operating Principles

These principles are the foundation of OnTrackNorthAmerica’s independence and value as a facilitator of new collaborative thinking.

  • Objectivity

    OnTrackNorthAmerica does not accept financial sponsorships that require prioritization of individual business agendas over common interests.

  • Inclusivity

    OnTrackNorthAmerica will invite representation from all involved stakeholder groups.

  • Balance

    OnTrackNorthAmerica facilitates dialogues wherein all participants’ perspectives are appreciated.

  • Nonpartisanship

    OnTrackNorthAmerica will not contribute to political campaigns, thereby maintaining the autonomy and integrity of a nonpartisan entity.

  • Common Interests

    OnTrackNorthAmerica will work to create better policy, programs, and planning whereby individual projects are funded only in concert with advancement of system-wide productivity.

  • Coordination and Collaboration

    OnTrackNorthAmerica will advance the integration of collaboration with competition. ‘Effective service to the marketplace’ is a more productive public policy principle than ‘maximizing competition.’

  • Whole System Growth

    OnTrackNorthAmerica believes that the growth of effective transportation systems is enhanced by supporting the smallest as well as the largest transportation users and providers. OnTrackNorthAmerica supports the utilization of all transport modes within a sound multimodal system.

Participants

OnTrackNorthAmerica is honored to work with a variety of highly skilled, insightful, and dedicated participants.

Staff


Michael Sussman

President and Founder
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Michael-Koontz

Mike Koontz

Lifecycle Project Team Leader

Joe Raimondo

Chief Innovation Officer

Vinnu Panwar

Research Associate

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Jeff Conklin

IntelliConference Team Leader

Charles Johnson

Research and Social Media Assistant

Accomplishments


1998

Influenced the inclusion of freight rail in

H.R.115- the National Infrastructure Development Act

1998

Conducted briefing for 55 congressional staff in U.S. Capitol Building

2003

Co-wrote the Washington State Produce Railcar Pool Act enacted by legislature

2007

OnTrackAmerica founded

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2008

Designated 501c3 by IRS

2008

Convened industry and government summit in the U.S. Capitol Building

2014

Assembled consulting team for advising on local, state, and regional planning

2014

Expanded mission to include continent wide planning-OnTrackNorthAmerica

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2015

Established partnership with Cisco Systems, Inc.

2016

Established strategic partnership with Impact Infrastructure, Inc.

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