About Us

The Who, What and Why of the Freight Forum


The Freight Forum is a project of OnTrackNorthAmerica. It is the outgrowth of dialogues between three national policy veterans who, along with many others in their professional network, see the vast potential for a new era of supply chain efficiency. This new era will feature multi-level economic opportunity,  greater service to communities, and a drastic reduction of environmental impacts.

This new era can be realized through an industry-wide collaboration — the platform for which does not exist and would have to be created. With that in mind, the North American Freight Forum was born.

Michael Sussman

Michael is founder, chairman, and CEO of Strategic Rail Finance and chairman and founder of OnTrackNorthAmerica, a 501(c3) non-profit.


Daniel R. Elliot

Dan is a transportation attorney, and former chairman of U.S. Surface Transportation Board.


Jim Hoecker

Jim is former Chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and a nationally recognized energy advisor.

Freight Forum's

Code of Ethics


The North American Freight Forum does not accept financial sponsorships that require prioritization of individual business agendas over common interests.



The North American Freight Forum will invite representation from all involved stakeholder groups and facilitate “level playing field” dialogues wherein all participants’ perspectives are appreciated. Inclusivity is also a core to our approach to planning — to include all regions and all-sized projects.



The North American Freight Forum maintains the autonomy of a politically non-partisan entity.


Coordination and Collaboration

The North American Freight Forum will advance the thoughtful integration of collaboration with useful competition.


Whole System Attention

The North American Freight Forum embraces programs, policies and planning that advance system-wide benefit.



The North American Freight Forum supports the utilization of all transport modes within a sound multimodal system.



We hold ourselves accountable to current and future generations by working on projects that align with a sustainable environment and a healthy quality of community life.

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